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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
If, like me, you lurk on frequent tumblr, you will have realised that there is only so far you can scroll before you hit something like this:


Jan 15, 2012
Dec 01, 2011
Why We Broke Up
Why We Got Together by Reynje

Dear ‘Why We Broke Up’,

It wasn’t that long ago that I thought I would be writing you a break-up letter. A terse, thanks
May 17, 2012
Oct 20, 2011
The Spectacular Now
On finishing The Spectacular Now I feel hollowed out and slightly sick – not because the ending was bad but because as much as I didn’t want it to, it ...more
Dec 02, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
Eve (Eve, #1)
Instant Dystopia: Now With 50% Less Logic!

Start with your randomly selected future date at room temperature. Add an ambiguous Plague (capitalised is b
Dec 02, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
So, About Taboo Subjects in YA Literature
Or: Do Teenagers Really Use the Word “Ensconced”?

Somewhere deep in the world of technical things I don’t real
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
Legend (Legend, #1)
Okay, hypothetical scenario time. Let’s suppose I had the madness, the power ("You ever tried going mad without power? It's boring! No one listens to ...more
Jan 09, 2012
Jul 14, 2011
This is Not a Test (This is Not a Test #1)
[Edited, because ZOMBIE NAILS. See below]

4.5 stars

This is not a zombie book.

This book has zombies in it. But it’s not about zombies, as such.

It’s abo
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
Obsidian (Lux, #1)
First, a caveat: I did not enjoy this book. The following is my honest opinion, however I mean no disrespect to those of my friends who liked it.

Dec 13, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

3.5 stars

I’d venture to say that the version of Cinderella most people of my generation (or thereabouts) were introduced to was Disney’s blonde, blue-
Dec 05, 2011
Oct 13, 2011
Hold Still
”You might be looking for reasons but there are no reasons.”

It was this simple line that made me realise that I not only liked, but respected this b
May 08, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
The Selection (The Selection, #1)
**Note: Contains some spoilers**

I read this entire Bachelor-themed dystomance and there wasn’t even a lousy rose-ceremony. Ripped off. [Insert cranky
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 06, 2011
Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)
2.5 stars

Part way through Pushing The Limits, I put down my kindle and thought: Am I (gasp) too old crotchety and cynical for this? I wanted to like t
not set
Aug 04, 2012
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
There was a reason Charlie was such a bright blazing sun. He came from endless cold, black space.
I couldn’t sleep after finishing Please Ignore Vera
Nov 06, 2011
Oct 30, 2011

I love this book in the same way I love shouty post-hardcore music of the late 80s, wearing jumpsuits of any kind, and the smell (and when I was littl
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
Starters (Starters, #1)
2.5 stars

The description of Starters immediately snagged my attention: teenage donor bodies, elderly renters, a vaguely sinister business commercialis
Feb 02, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

About those three red stars preceding this review: it’s probably best to take them with a grain (or a handful) of salt.

Because while I eventually set
Nov 04, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
Drowning Instinct
“In my experience, the truly evil are few and good people, with the very best intentions, often make very bad decisions and get in way over their hea ...more
Apr 19, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
Story of a Girl
4.5 stars

I know full well how dramatic this is going to sound, but this book broke my heart. Not violently, or loudly, with a single devastating blow;
Jan 26, 2012
Oct 16, 2011
This is What Happy Looks Like

No, this is what boring looks like.

After The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and now this, I think it's fair to say that Jennifer E S
Dec 18, 2013
Nov 11, 2012
Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)
4.5 stars

Well, colour me surprised: I kind of love this book.

Let me clarify that statement. I didn’t expect to dislike it. I wouldn’t have gone to the
Apr 29, 2012
Nov 21, 2011
Friday Brown
”On the night of my eleventh birthday, Vivienne told me that I was cursed. It was her gift, she said. When she was gone the Brown women’s curse would ...more
Aug 27, 2012
May 10, 2012
Some Girls Are
I thought this book was going to burn a hole in my stomach.

Even now, when I think about it I feel a visceral surge of anxiety; it triggers a physical
Feb 23, 2013
Feb 04, 2012
Holier Than Thou
4.5 stars

Perhaps it’s stating the obvious but I think there’s a direct correlation between a reader’s engagement with Holier Than Thou and the reader’
May 02, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
4.5 stars

I don’t know about you, but for me, every iteration of the “Next Big Thing in YA” hoopla now comes with attendant alarm bells.

I am wary of hy
May 08, 2013
Feb 14, 2013
Glitch (Glitch, #1)
I’d like to be able to say that this is one for those readers seeking a solid dystopian YA with strong sci-fi elements, but in truth, this Glitch is n ...more
Jun 25, 2012
May 02, 2012
Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)
3.5 stars

I am not overly fond of romantic-comedy films.

I put this mostly down to what I like to call the “Matthew McConaughey Climactic Love Chase Eff
Oct 10, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

I recently came to a realisation about my book and film tastes that, while obvious in hindsight, was a bit of a 'Eureka!’ moment for me. It happened w
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
This is Shyness (This is Shyness, #1)
“How could I not love a book about a secret suburb somewhere near Collingwood and Fitzroy, where the sun never comes up, and sugar-addicted kids and c ...more
not set
Jul 31, 2011
Girl Defective
This review also appears on wordchasing

“This is the story of a wild girl and a ghost girl; a boy who knew nothing and a boy who thought he knew ever
Mar 26, 2013
Nov 21, 2012
Night Beach
But there the night is close, and there
Darkness is cold and strange and bare;
And the secret deeps are whisperless;
... and music is
The exquisite knock
Apr 2012
Aug 18, 2011
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