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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Fourteen-year old twins Minty and Jess are inseparable. Maybe they bicker now and then, even crave a bit of space once in a while. But they have a connection. Unbreakable. Steadfast. Nothing can tear them apart. Until a family trip to the coast puts their bond in jeopardy. As Minty tries to rescue her dog from drowning she ends up fighting for her life. Will Minty survive? ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Three Hares Publishing
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Rebecca McNutt
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the tradition of books like The Lovely Bones, If I Stay and The Invisible, Minty explores the connections of loved ones which remain long after death, but in this case specifically with twins. For sisters Minty and Jess, a sudden unexpected tragedy has left one of them alive but alone and the other trapped in the afterlife to watch her own family's grief unfold. Unlike the similar book If I Stay, which also shares the same theme of a girl in the afterlife, Minty isn't too sappy or drenched in ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other.”
----Carol Saline, a journalist, broadcaster, author and public speaker

Christina Banach, an English author, who simply enthralled our minds and soul with her gripping and enduring debut novel, Minty , which is a dark as well as an intriguing story about two twin sisters, their loss, the importance of family and life beyond death.

Fourteen-year old twins Minty and Jess are inseparable. Maybe they
Claire Douglas
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most moving books I have read about death, loss and dealing with grief. The beginning of the book, when teenage girl Minty dies trying to rescue her dog, is so realistic, so gut-wrenching and tense that I was immediately pulled into the story. The novel is told from Minty's point of view, as she's stuck in the afterlife, having to watch her family's grief and the guilt that her twin sister, Jess feels at not being able to save her. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking abou ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Michelle Wrona
*eReview copy provided by Jean Book Nerd Tours in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was the good, the bad, and the ugly, all together. I loved it, hated it, and went through many phases of loving and thinking about it. Minty was more of a childish middle-grade book. It was predictable and not everything I would've wanted in a book like this. Prefer something better? Try If I Stay. That is much more heartfelt and beautiful. Plus, the romance is gorgeous there.

Minty starts off like your
Joanne Robertson
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As everyone knows i just love books about twins, it doesn't seem to matter which genre either as the twin relationship just fascinates me both in real life and in fictional settings as well. This is the first young adult book I've read with twins but it's probably a book that can be read by adults as well as stories about grief knows no age boundaries. Here in her debut novel Christina Banach gives us a story of love, loss and forgiveness affecting a family with twin 14 year old girls. And they ...more
Kirsty Hoggons
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Christina Banach

I received a signed copy of this book as part of a giveaway that I won and I was very excited to start reading it. It seemed to be a bit different to other books that I normally read as the main characters were younger than the ones I normally read about. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I first started reading. I enjoyed how this book was written from the point of view of Minty and I feel like the style of writing captures the essence of a 14 year old's vocabulary very
Kindle Ninja
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a tragic story that explores the concept of the afterlife, which I think is quite complex for a young adult book. However, it’s presented in a way that will not burden the young reader. It has enough comic relief to get you through the heartbreaking moments.

It presents the different ways each character handles grief, which is a depiction of the reality of coming to terms with a loss. The writing really captures the pain of losing someone and the difficulty of letting go.

It’s incredibly g
Jane Lythell
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Christina Banach has accomplished a rare feat in her debut YA novel Minty because she has written about bereavement in an authentic, sometimes sad, sometimes humorous and ultimately uplifting way.
She captures the voice of her fourteen year old protagonist Minty so well. I loved the depiction of her friendship with Jack, her companion in Limbo, and Minty's deep feelings for her twin sister Jess. There are many lovely touches of how teenagers think and behave.
I'd recommend this book to adults as w
Greg Shabalabadingdong
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Christina Banach had me trapped in Minty's heart breaking world packed with emotion. This beautiful tale of two sisters made me aware of death and how important living in the present is. Minty died trying to save her dog But in return she had to leave her sister, and herself trapped between two worlds.

Minty has to go through the pain of watching her family go through the grief of loosing her. Christina's stunning style of writing succeeded in bringing tears of joy and sadness to my eyes. For a
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Minty is a clever book. It walks a delicate line between the exploration of grief and the unravelling of a warm, living character: a ghost. The central character has an engaging and authentic voice. The POV makes for a unique plot. It's a laugh and cry book. Minty grows, grieves and learns and the reader shares the journey.
Heather Lawson
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful tale of two sisters that grips you tight and doesn't let go.
Xanthe Mainwaring
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I can't believe this got such high ratings from everyone!
It is Young Adult fiction to be fair so I would say leave it to them!
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A YA story following the stories of Minty who drowns and her twin Jess who has to carry on, her grief almost unbearable. Beautifully observed and written it deals with a topic which I believe few books for teens do. The effect of sudden and tragic death, the ways in which Minty's family try to cope are heart breaking. We see the support of Jess's friends, her struggles at school, her coping mechanisms. Minty finds Jack in the half world she inhabits and her struggles to make contact with her sis ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a YA book, but, as an adult reader, I was completely drawn into it. It deals with the difficult subject of death and bereavement and is beautifully observed and deeply moving. As well as tragedy and grief, there is also humour and wit. The ending is both heartbreaking and uplifting. In spite of its central topic, this is a life-affirming story.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Minty is Christina Banach's debut novel and although aimed at the young adult market, I think it is a book that older readers will enjoy too. I know, I certainly did. Minty and Jess are 14 year-old identical twins. As you would imagine, much of the time they are inseparable but every now and again, they wish they could just have some space to be themselves - not one of a pair. I have twin nieces, not identical, and must admit that I am a bit guilty of thinking about them as 'the twins' rather th ...more
Danl Tetley
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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When Minty first arrived – I was really excited. Ghostly tales are one of the things I like to read, best. Christina Banach’s debut novel did not disappoint.
My first impression of Minty took me back to my own childhood – not the story itself, but the way in which it was written. It brought about nostalgia of Enid Blyton’s tales of unusual folk and faraway lands. Minty however, is set in modern day Scotland and has a very authen
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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As I first read this, I started feeling like it was a mix of If I Stay, The Lovely Bones and the movie Ghost. As I read further into the story, I found the author even talks about Ghost, but it really put a lot of things in perspective for the character, Minty. The author creates her own story while giving the reader and her own characters something to compare things to, which really helps the narrative.

This is a story of loss, sorrow, despair, hope, peace and resilience. Minty's sister is so wo
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The real question here is what didn’t I love about Minty? I’m struggling to think of a single aspect of this story that I didn’t enjoy.

The book follows the struggles that 14 year old Minty has to face when she finds herself stuck in limbo after her death. Invisible to her family, she has to watch the shattering affects her death has had on her parents and her twin, Jess.

Semra Worrall
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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"Minty! Stay right there. Wait until I get help!" screams Jess, though I can barely hear her above the crashing waves. "I'm going for Dad!"
Fourteen-year-old twins Minty and Jess are inseparable. Maybe they bicker now and then, even crave a bit of space once in a while. But they have a connection. Unbreakable. Steadfast. Nothing can tear them apart. Until a family trip to the coast puts their bond in jeopardy.
As Minty tr
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What a lot of fun it must be to have a twin- I have always wished, pined after, dreamed of having somebody that I could pull of look-alike stunts with (I must thank The Parent Trap for this) and pretty much everything that comes with having one!

The Jess and Minty ‘show’- they feel each other’s pain, look like looking at yourself in the mirror (Or the front camera o
Carrie Ardoin
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

It's absolutely impossible to review this book without giving up a very important spoiler that somehow didn't make it into this book's synopsis. Minty and Jess are teenaged twins living in Scotland. When one day the girls make a fateful trip to the rocky shore, Minty loses her life and Jess in short order loses her sanity. Minty's spirit continues to hang around her family's home, but it's so hard to watch the living when you are seeing them break down. As twins, Minty and Jess shared a
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had some trouble writing this review and only a small part of that was down to the fact that I’m not the target audience for this book. This is not the first YA book I’ve read but it is the first that deals with this subject.

Minty is a refreshingly realistic and honest look at how death and grief can affect people. This subject is not discussed anywhere near as much as it should be, and even less so with those under 18 so this book is a good way of raising the subject and letting people know
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Christina Banach creates a paranormal world with her own spin on things. Minty has no clue of what she can or cannot do as a ghost. Which is where her ghostly mentor comes in. But he’s not assigned to her or anything. He stumbles upon her and teaches her what he can. I found that this relationship was sometimes strained but many times humorous. This relationship meant that while the book itself was sad and emotional, it also wasn’t only sad or miserable. There were moments that could make you ch ...more
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Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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First off, I really enjoyed reading this the story of identical twins. Minty had that The Lovely Bones-esque feel to it. Don't get me wrong...I am in no way comparing the two books. I enjoyed reading The Lovely Bones. I also enjoyed reading Minty. Both books had that "ghost" point of view that I really enjoyed reading. It's fascinating to see what happens after death...are our loved ones still around or have they "walked into the light"?
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was an emotional roller-coaster. Throughout the whole story I felt a warm fondness for Geoff, Minty's dad. Minty, her family and friends (one in particular) were all great characters to get to know but, personally speaking, I loved Geoff. In particular the difference in how he reacted to events throughout the book. For me, it highlighted the way dads tend to feel towards their daughters and I really enjoyed reading that. I could really feel his emotions coming through even if he wasn' ...more
Julie Fulton
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
14 year old Minty and her twin sister Jess are normal teenage girls living a normal teenage life in a normal family - until fate takes a hand and tragedy strikes. From that moment on we watch as the sisters struggle to cope with the emotional bonds that tie us to our loved ones in life as well as in death, especially those bonds between twins. Dealing with the grief of loss is always painful for those left behind, but what if a loved one can't move on until we do? Can a dead person really commun ...more
Joyce Colville hart
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those gems that works for young adults and also the not-so-young.
It is not set in a fantasy world like Rowling or Pullman, yet it is not entirely of this world.
It deals with one of life's enduring questions in a very real and immediate way. A situation that none of us would wish to face yet one that a great many of us have, and one which we could all imagine. The pain of loss, and grieving, and letting go. The tragic loss of a sister and daughter.
Dealing with connections between i
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Christina Banach's story 'Minty' makes you realise how grateful you should be for living. The story takes you on an emotional roller coaster which is packed with sadness, guilt and love.

The story revolves around twins Minty and Jess. One day something terrible but heroic ends up with Minty not being able to communicate with her other half Jess. Minty meets Jack, a rather sarcastic but nice character who accompanies Minty in 'the other side'along with her dog. Jess discovers her twin is not with
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Christina Banach is a former head teacher who lives in Scotland with her husband and their two rescue dogs.

Minty, a YA/Crossover novel, is Christina's debut. It was selected as a Scottish Book Trust Teen's Book of the Month for December, shortlisted for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award and nominated for the Cybils.

She is currently working on her next book, a contemporary mystery set in the Scottish H
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