13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher ★★★★★

Blurb; Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. 

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever. 

My Review; I decided to read this story as I have heard a lot about it, both good and bad! Many mixed reviews, also because of the series on Netflix which I have not yet watched so cannot compare to the book. 

13 Reasons Why is easy to read, contains short chapters and is extremely fast paced you have to keep up with it. The story is told over one long night and I must admit it kept me going too, I didnt want to put it down. Another story I have recently finished within a day.

I did however find it hard to keep up with how it kept switching from Clay’s character to Hannahs character throughout, but it is a well thoughtout story which would appeal to young adult readers. 

The message within this story is a strong one and does lead to suicide being involved which may make those younger readers realise how just how important actions and words towards others are even to this day. I enjoyed reading this and can now watch the series to compare. I awarded 5 stars and would highly recommend to all of you if you haven’t read the book already. 

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Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon ★★★★

Blurb: Bryony Gordon has OCD.

It’s the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn’t repeat a phrase 5 times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It’s caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty.

A hugely successful columnist for the Telegraph, a bestselling author, and a happily married mother of an adorable daughter, Bryony has managed to laugh and live well while simultaneously grappling with her illness. Now it’s time for her to speak out. Writing with her characteristic warmth and dark humour, Bryony explores her relationship with her OCD and depression as only she can.

My Review: 

I will start by admitting it took me a while to get into this book but I am glad that I stuck with it. Many of my followers will know I don’t read much nonfiction but I enjoyed reading this story. Mad Girl gives a massive insight into the world of depression, mental health and OCD even in the darkest, loneliest and scariest times which took guts to write. Now I will state that this book may not be to all readers tastes but for me personally I could relate to certain parts throughout.

Mad Girl is a brutally honest story all about Bryony Gordon and that includes all the good within her life too. I was by Bryony’s side throughout her story and was so glad with how it all turned out for her in the end. This book is written well and easy to read but does contain long chapters for me personally. I awarded four stars and would highly recommend this story to you all if you haven’t read it already.

*BLOG TOUR* Losing Myself – Victoria Brown ★★★★★

Blurb: 

Since Kat made her decision, everything around her seems to be falling apart. Not only is she dealing with family’s secrets, lies and deceit but the salon, which is opening around the corner, threatens her livelihood.

To make matters worse her relationship with Max is on the rocks. Although her relationships with Max’s mother, her step-mother and her sister have grown stronger, are they strong enough?

Working tirelessly to save her salon and save her relationship with Max, she is battling everyday to stay focused on her future. But what will the future bring?


My Review: 

Losing myself is book number two in the chaos series and follows on from Holding Myself, I would recommend you read them in order. It was lovely to read another genre amid all the thriller and mystery books lately, very refreshing. It was nice to get back into a familiar town and see familiar characters again.

Losing myself is an emotional (in parts) and uplifting story for readers to enjoy. It is written well, easy to read and will have you imerged until the end. Beautiful story. I have awarded another five stars for the book as I enjoyed reading this one. I would highly recommend this series to you all if you havent read it already and yet again another gorgeous cover!