Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

13477676Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is a young adult novel based around the titular character of Leonard. He decides to kill his former best friend and then himself on his eighteenth birthday. This book is the story of that day.

I think I’ll always remember this novel for being present during such a tough time in my life, hence why it took me a month (!!!) to actually read it. I started it one day, and then didn’t pick it (or any book) up again until four weeks later when I was at work and thinking about how much things had changed.

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Anti-Bullying Week Readathon – My TBRs

Hello again. Life has been crazily busy of late, and so my reading has slowed to very little other than academic books for my courses. (I know. It’s really sad.)

To kickstart my reading, I’ve joined the Anti-Bullying Week Readathon, hosted by the lovely Sarah. Awareness of bullying and its impacts is a cause extremely close to my heart after I was bullied for four years by people who started out as my best friends. It’s really painful and it makes you question everything good about yourself.

Anyway, here are the books I’m hoping to read.

From what I’m aware, this book revolves around a girl called Liz who decides to drive her car off the road, is told through a non-linear perspective and focusses on the repercussions of her decision. This book has been sat on my bookshelf for at least a year now, and I’ve just never got around to reading it, so hopefully this readathon will change that. I’ve heard good things and I love non-linear storytelling, so I’m excited to see what this is like.

This is another story dealing with suicide, where Leonard Peacock decides to kill his former best friend and then himself on his birthday. I’ve wanted to read this for aaaaaaages and once again, I’ve just never done it. I really cannot wait to read this as I know it’s loved on Goodreads by a lot of people.

Now, my crazy schedule has meant that reading even one book a week has been hard, so I’m aiming to read the two above novels and anything after here would be extremely ambitious, but I’m putting them on here just in case. I’ll be reading these before the end of the year, hopefully, so I’m just extending the readathon. 😛

Nineteen Minutes focusses around the aftermath of a school shooting where the perpetrator was being bullied by the people he shoots. One of my favourite books of all time, Hate List, has a similar focus and I’ve enjoyed Picoult’s books in the past, so I’m hoping this will be a very riveting read.

This is a beautiful novel about two boys who meet at a swimming pool. It’s the story of their relationship, their lives and their self-discoveries. I read it nearly exactly two years ago and I adored it, so I’m hoping to read it near to the two-year anniversary and relive all of the feelings that Alire Sáenz conjures.

I hope you’re all well. Join in with the readathon if you have the time, or if you need to be inspired again, like me. 🙂

Ten Hyped-Up Books I Need To Read

I found Top Ten Tuesdays today, and thought I’d take part. I hope you enjoy!

From The Guardian

From The Guardian

This book is sat on my shelf and it’s staring at me and I know I need to read it. I love the sound of it and I’m pretty sure I will love it. Needs to happen right now.

I mean, does this need any explanation? It’s a classic, and it’s one of those novels that just needs to be read. I have a copy on my Kindle, so fingers crossed it will be read on my trip to America this year.

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Holly Bourne’s The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting

From https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22533460-the-manifesto-on-how-to-be-interestingBree is a teenager and a writer. She is told that her life needs to be more interesting, that it needs to be something that people would want to read about, so she creates the Manifesto: six steps to make her more interesting to everyone else.

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Jennifer Brown’s Perfect Escape

Review – Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

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 The only way Kendra can stand out next to her brother Grayson (suffering from OCD) is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art — until a school scandal threatens her flawless reputation. Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all — maybe with enough distance she’ll be able to figure everything out.

Perfect Escape is the story of what happens when all of a sudden, everything becomes too much and driving away seems to be the only option. Kendra has been caught in the midst of a cheating scandal which threatens her college future. Her older brother Grayson suffers from debilitating OCD. He’s just released from his last stint in hospital when the book starts.

I love Jennifer Brown; I think her novels are all very well done, especially Hate List. I loved the premise of this, and it didn’t disappoint too much. Brown writes Grayson’s OCD with a realistic style that can only be applauded. Kendra’s feelings towards her brother are ever-changing but I think that’s fitting to the story itself – everything is changing around the siblings.

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Kaui Hart Hemming’s The Descendants

Review – The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

descendantsThe Descendants is Matt King’s story. And can I just say, Matt King totally looks like George Clooney in my head. Perfect casting decision.

ANYWAY. Set in the beautiful Hawaiian landscapes, Matt’s wife Joanie is in a coma after a boating accident. This leaves him, a very much distant father, to look after his two daughters, Scottie (8) and Alex (17). He’s unsure, unsteady and rather lost at the whole concept of parenting.

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Nick Hornby’s ‘A Long Way Down’

9780670888245Review  –  A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

Four people meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

A Long Way Down is the story of Jess, JJ, Maureen and Martin. All from totally different walks of life, they meet at the top of a tall building on New Year’s Eve. Why? Because they all want to jump off.

I understand what you’re thinking: ‘How can anyone possibly sit through 350 pages of not one, but four suicidal characters?’ Trust me, I was a little apprehensive too. But here I am, 350 pages later. For a book with a very serious main idea, it’s not like a PSA or a book of motivation for those in need. Hornby manages to create a very strong cast of characters, people who are real and very different from one another. Continue reading