“Come Again” by Robert Webb

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Thanks to Canongate and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I feel like I’ve been completely behind on my reviews lately (this is not so much a feeling as a fact) and being a high school teacher who has had to completely reinvent her way of working has made things more than a little busy recently. I’m going to try and catch up a little with my reviews over the next few weeks, I think I’m sitting at about a 67% ratio on NetGalley at the moment and I want to try and get that up to maybe about 70% over the next week because there are quite a lot of books I have read but haven’t had a chance to review. To try and speed things up a little bit I am going to be dictating my reviews using a voice recognition programme so if my reviews seem a bit “chattier” then that might be the reason why. It’s also quite a fun exercise to see how Microsoft Word deals with accents, every time I say “rather” it thinks I am saying “robber” which is rather fun.

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“Sarong Party Girls” by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan


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I knew when I read the synopsis for this book that it would be marketed as similar to Crazy Rich Asians – it’s really not though. It’s more of a satirical look at lives of a group of young Singaporean women and their never-ending quest to snag an ‘Ang-Moh’.

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“All the Things We Never Said” by Yasmin Rahman

Thanks to Hot Key Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

In the introduction to this book the author Yasmin Rahman talks about how she wanted to write a book for young people, a book that would resonate with teens who feel the same way she did as a teen. I’d definitely say she has nailed that aim, this 100% feels like a YA book with its audience firmly in mind.

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“Jailbirds” by Mim Skinner

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Although I am not teaching the subject currently, I started my teaching career as a Modern Studies teacher. By far my favourite topic to teach was Crime and the Law and I always found that resources and information relating specifically to women’s incarceration were thin on the ground. If only I’d had this book available then. Stats are one thing, but real stories and perspectives are invaluable. I have moved on from Modern Studies teaching, but I’ll be sure to recommend this book to the Modern Studies teachers in my school.

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“The Bride Test” by Helen Hoang

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This is apparently the second book in a series but there was no need for me to have had to read the first book in order to make sense of this one. Saying that, I’ll probably be checking out the first one soon because I really enjoyed the author’s writing style.

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“We, The Survivors” by Tash Aw

Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly wasn’t really in the mood to read a fiction book as I’ve got a bunch of work related books to get through at the moment but, with a huge backlog to get through since being unwell, I grudgingly picked this up and….basically didn’t move again until I finished it.

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“The Secret Runners of New York” by Matthew Reilly

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As a rule I tend to review books by female authors. It’s not a fully conscious decision as such but I just tend to gel better with female perspectives, particularly when it comes to YA. When I read the premise for this book though, I was intrigued.

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“The Runaways” by Fatima Bhutto

Thanks to Penguin Books UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I seem to be reading a lot of novels with multiple points of view lately so…here’s another one. The Runaways follows three members of the Pakistani community. Anita Rose, a resident of the Karachi slums, Monty, a jet setting rich kid and Sunny a second generation immigrant living in England. Unlike a number of multiple points of view novels I’ve read recently, the different points of view are distinct and I never had to force myself to remember who I was reading about. Similarly to other novels of this type, one character voice was stronger than that of the others, in this case that of Anita.

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