Book Review: Tape | “I highly recommend this!!!”

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HELLOOO!

Tape is written by Steven Camden and the main characters are Ameliah, Ryan, Eve, Liam and Heather. Genre: Contemporary, Young adult and Romance.

Record the voice and it lasts forever…

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

This is their story. 

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This book was on my ‘to read’ list for a long time because from the moment I read that synopsis, I just knew that I wanted to get my hands on it. And I am so happy that I finally picked it up, because I think I can easily say that it’s now one of my favourites!

I felt for both of the characters and loved reading from their point of views although Ameliah did annoy in some bits. I just wanted to go in the book, shake her and come back. Usually when a book is in dual point of views, the two characters kind of merge into one and you can’t tell the difference between them but with Tape, I could feel their differences. And the font change was very smart and helped a lot to keep track of the time change.

I wasn’t expecting to be emotionally connected to this book or feel something for it, I just saw it as a fun read. But I think this story will stay with me for quite a while and I will probably read it again sometime which is surprising because I never like to read a book twice haha

At first I was bit confused about what was happening and the way the dialogue was written but I quickly pushed through that and got engaged in the story. I think the dual point of view flowed very well together and they merged so, as a reader, I wasn’t confused at all. Since this is a stand-alone, there is not much to say apart from that I absolutely loved it to bits!

At the end I actually cried a bit which really surprised me because the story isn’t depressing or anything. I still don’t know why I cried, I think they were happy tears which surprised me even more haha. Man this book was full of surprises…. *sighs*

After reading what the plot was about, I thought this was a love story which is but not the way I thought it would be. I think that it was such a cute, interesting and beautiful story to read and I highly recommend it. I think more people need to talk about this book and it needs more attention because it’s such a unique story. It touched my heart.

I really recommend to everyone basically, even adults might enjoy it! I think it’s such a great summer read and to be honest I want to come out of the screen and put this book in your hands and go back haha. I really hope Steven Camden writes another book, I can’t believe this is his first book! It was sooo amazing!

I hope you give it a try and love it as much as I loved this book…

Please read it!

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– I guess the universe wanted us to meet.

– The universe?

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Book Review: Fangirl

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HI THERE!

Fangirl is written by Rainbow Rowell and the main characters are Cath, Wren, Levi, Reagan, Art and Nick. Genre: contemporary, young adult, realistic fiction and romance.

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A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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OH MY GODDD! I love Rainbow Rowell!

Her way of writing is definitely different and unique. All of the characters seem very realistic and alive and I just love each one of them to bits!

And Cath is such a relatable character because she’s a fangirl and so am I (and probably so are you) and every time I was like I GET YOU CATH, I GET YOU. It was really interesting to read fan-fiction in a book and to be honest I never read fan fiction but I might do after reading Fangirl. Each ‘Carry on, Simon’ part just made me excited and all of the pages after each chapter were really fun to read.

Actually now that I think about it, fan-fiction is like an alien to me. As I said, I’ve never read one because I just find it weird. In fan-fiction you can just take your favourite characters and change everything about them.

All characters had their own voice and I never got bored when any of them appeared. You know some of those books, where you hate a character and you just want to throw yourself out of the window when they appear? Well Fangirl wasn’t one of them.

IT JUST MADE ME SO HAPPY. This book was like taking happy pills. Every time I opened Fangirl, I just went into happy mode and smiled at so many parts. This book made me stay up late at night to finish it because it was so addictive!

The only thing that kind of annoyed me was Cather’s personality, she didn’t open up to any new stuff and I guess that was the point but the reader can connect to the book through the main character and Cather was so distant. She had to leave her comfort zone at least a bit because It felt like she was so closed to the world around her.

Other than that, I absolutely loved it and staying up till late was TOTALLY WORTH IT! Now I’m going to sleep…who am I kidding? ON TO THE NEXT BOOK!

I definitely recommend Rainbow Rowell’s books, they’re so fun to read. So pick it up if you haven’t yet and share your thought if you have!

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Book Review: The Bubble Wrap Boy

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(This book was sent to me by Spinebreakers)

HI!

The Bubble Wrap Boy is written by Phil Earle and the main characters are Charlie Han and Sinus. Genre: young adult and family.

Charlie Han’s troubles are way bigger than he is. At school, he’s branded an outsider, a loser – the tiny kid from the Chinese Chippy. His only ally is Sinus Sedgely, the only lad in school with a worse reputation than Charlie himself. Life at home isn’t much better. His dad is better with a wok than he is with words, and his mum is suffocating the life out of Charlie, wrapping him in enough cotton wool to fill a pharmacy. But when a new passion leads Charlie to the mother of all confrontations, he finds his mum’s been hiding a massive secret. A secret that whilst shocking, might actually lead Charlie to feeling ten feet tall. The Bubble Wrap Boy is about the terrors of friendship, family and one undersized boy’s ability to think BIG…

I usually don’t get a book if I don’t know much about it but I did it anyway and I DO NOT REGRET IT!

I had never read any of Phil Earle’s books before and after reading The Bubble Wrap boy, I am definitely going to give his other books another try! This book was funny, emotional and heart-breaking. The main character was so unique and relatable.

At first when I started the book, I wasn’t really sure if it was going to be interesting but wow, I really did enjoy it. I read it in one go and could not put it down. It had me giggling and laughing at one point and then on the edge of crying my eyes out. And you know it’s a good book when it can make you feel all these emotions in just 200 pages. It’s such a fast and adorable read and it shows that whatever situation you’re at, follow your dreams! I really don’t have anything to say more other than to give it a try because it’s a short book and I  don’t want to spoil it in any way…

Even though I think it is targeted at young readers, I still recommend it to everyone! I think it’s a amazing story! Have you read it? Please share your thoughts!

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