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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  992 ratings  ·  154 reviews
This is a funny and moving love story about friends, first loves and self-discovery by Queen of Teen 2014. When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are in a crazy whirl of worry, exam pressure and anxiety over fitting in. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who's the coolest gir ...more
326 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Hot Key Books
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Words: Friends, family, love, school, discovery.

YA Shot Read-a-long.

Oh man. That was amazing.

This is the book that I wish I had read ten years ago.

This book is the most honest portrayal of being a teen I have ever read. It was like reading my own teenage years, only we had cider and perry, not fizzy dessert wine. And we didn't have a crazy-golf course to hang around on, instead we h
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Sarah
James Dawson has such a distinctive voice and he always manages to create such realistic teenage characters, something he proves once again in All of the Above. This is the kind of book I'd like to be able to send back through time and hand to my teenage self, it's a book about self discovery, a book that shows teenagers it's okay to make mistakes, that it's okay to not know who you are or what you want to be as long as you're true to yourself along the way.

This is a story about growing up, it's
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c,
Rep: biracial female bi mc

dnf, 7%

not even the promise of a biracial, bisexual main character was enough for me to get past the girl hating/judging (I knew I should return the compliment but it would have been a lie.), this quote It sort of felt good to have some order back in my life. Does that make me sound autistic?, and the bloody (sorry, ******) stars replacing every swear word
Alina Graf
Nov 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So people of the internet here it is! The most anticipated review of the year, nah just kidding.

This book was most possible the worst book I’ve read this year or ever. I don't know what you, James thought by writing this book.

First of all no teen girl talks like Toria. I mean I don't know where you are from but in my country and region no 16 year old girl uses terms like ladyboner or finger- and penis virginity. It really annoyed me through the whole book that he uses wor
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Bee (Heart Full of Books)
It's so jam packed with teenager-y themes that it feels a little overwhelming at times, but I guess that's life.
Syuhada
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is this quote in the book that summarize this story.

"Now, I appreciate you might be thinking that this is all a bit issues galore and mega emo. Well, sorry, but that was what happened. It would be neater, wouldn’t it, if this was a story about self-harm or sexuality or eating disorders or drunk mums or ridiculously hot bass players, but it’s a story about all of them. Yeah, it’s a mess. And it’s about to get messier if you’ll bear with me. That’s the way it is sometimes – nothi
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Dani C
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books, kindle
First reviewed on my blog, Pen to Paper.

All of the above really does what it says on the tin; there is a lot going on in this story.
It begins when Victoria 'Toria' Grand moves from her previous home to Brompton-on-sea, a dreary, forgotten seaside town, and starts at a new school as the New Girl, which immediately makes her the focus of attention in such a tight community where everyone seemingly know everyone. Making friends is the biggest worry in Toria's life, so when she meets Daisy
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Chiara
A copy of this novel was provided by Hot Key Books for review.

I wanted to love All of the Above. I really wanted to. I mean, a bisexual female main character in YA is pretty rare, and I was so ready to fall head over heels for this book.

Unfortunately, I didn’t fall in love with All of the Above. Which is super sad.

I think the main reason I couldn’t absolutely adore this book was the main character, Toria. Sometimes she was just really … un-accepting and rude? I guess I th
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Sophie
*4.5 stars*

Originally published at http://solittletimeforbooks.blogspot....

I feel head over heels in love with All of the Above and it’s definitely one of my favourites of the year so far.

James Dawson is a known advocate for diversity and he really puts his money where his mouth is in All of the Above. This novel has characters from across the LGBTQIA+, but very importantly, it features an asexual character! This was the first time I'd never seen this openly in a YA novel and I cheered. And then Toria
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George Lester
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
AOTA is a stellar book, absolutely stellar from start to finish.

There is a very new and very fresh sort of magic coming out of James Dawson's writing in this latest offering, the beginning of phase two. It is real, honest and the truest he has ever been (in my opinion). It shows characters that are perfectly imperfect and a main character in Toria that you will wish to carry with you for a long time. She has the most distinct voice and the most honest way of addressing the audience. It is such
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Darran Stobbart
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
James' best work. Full review at http://shinraalpha.com/2015/09/12/all...
Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
this book tries to talk about A LOT of stuff but ends up just being kind of messy
full review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2015/1...
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
3.5 stars I think. Great ideas but I rarely felt very emotionally connected to the characters or their relationships together.
Maya Elliott
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So amazing! don't need a review Just Read it!
Rosy
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This review was written for The Review Diaries
You can read the full review here

Thanks to Netgalley and Hot Key Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

This is my first foray into James Dawson’s fiction books, having only previously read ‘This Book is Gay’ and I have heard nothing but good things about his writing. So I was eager to try out his latest book and did really enjoy it, but unfortunately not quite as much as I’d hoped it.

It was a good, engrossing and quick r/>Thanks
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Virginie (chouettblog)
Bliss and contentment are the emotions that best describe how I feel as I am turning the last page of “All Of The Above”.

There is only one other book out of the 120 I read in the past 2 years that made me feel that way, Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor & Park”. And just like Rainbow’s, Juno’s “All Of The Above” is pure undiluted love, literally!!

Nothing much ever happens in Brompton-on-Sea and while Victoria (Toria for short) is moving in, most people of her age are trying to escape, s
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Dulcie
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked Juno Dawson’s other book, Under My Skin, so I knew I was going to enjoy this one too, even if I knew it would be a little different. This book was comforting, and so much fun! It was a quick read, and a brilliant book, so I’d highly recommend it to fans of the genre!

It was very much a character driven book, and I adored most of the characters. I wasn’t keen on Toria - the protagonist - but I loved everyone else! I cared so much about the plot, because of how loveable e
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Miranda
I received a copy via netgalley.

First of I loved the beginning of this book! We start off sorta just following the main character and slowly meeting this group of teens that are undoubtably going to change our main characters life forever. Truthfully this book is like the English cousin of a Perks of Being a Wallflower and John Green kid. One major complaint is the starring out Polly's cursing. If your going to have it in the book why take one character and not do it, to me I felt ev
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Jess
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Bonnier Publishing and NetGalley*

3.5 stars.

Victoria 'Toria' Grand has moved to a sea-side town and is starting at a new school. She worries about fitting in but soon falls in with foul-mouthed Polly and her gang of friends.
Toria then meets Nico Mancini, bass player for a local band and falls head over heels.
Polly becomes Toria's best friend but is she more than that?

All of the A
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Joanne
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

I really liked the sound of All of the Above by James Dawson when I first heard about it, but I was also a little wary. I really didn't like Hollow Pike, Dawson's debut novel, and wasn't a fan of his writing style, so I was worried I might not like this one two. Fortunately, I enjoyed All of the Above more than thought, but I was still left a little disappointed.

Toria moves to Brompton-on-Sea with her family when her dad gets a new job. Worri
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Calista
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Georgia Foristal
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Wasn't bad but not amazing.
Tamara
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, my-own, 2015
I have wanted to read this book for quite a while. After I had read This Book Is Gay in August I knew I had to read more of James Dawson and I also knew there's a bisexual character or something in All Of The Above and I'm bisexual myself so I HAD to buy it at some point and FINALLY I did it and I was not dissappointed at all!

All Of The Above isn't like many other books I have read, in every aspect there is. It's a novel, yes, but it also includes some amazing and beautiful poems and cu
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Natalie TBGWP
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2015
So this is not what I was expecting at all. James Dawson has done a complete 360 tail-spin and shot off down the motorway on the wrong side of the road. Honestly, no lie, he has. AOTA is his passenger, she's a quirky little number with a lot of attitude and totally refuses to wear her seatbelt. She's on fire and totally up-to-date with everything from social status to sexuality to friendship to eating disorders to prison cells to instalove. She's got it all going on.

We read from the
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Katey Lovell
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read the sample chapter after YALC (you can read all about that here, including my experience of meeting James Dawson) and that only made me more desperate to get my hands on a copy. The characters had attitude and sass and personality, and I couldn't wait to find out more about them and their lives.

I read All of the Above in two sittings, and if I could have cancelled everything else in my life to be able to read it in one, I would have. It was that good.

From the mome
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H.M
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
There were elements of this that I liked and a lot that I didn’t. In culmination it was a bit of a mess, but there were enough decent bits to keep me reading.

All of the Above is essentially a story about friends, but it’s also about a lot of other things,too. That was the overall problem, so many issues were touched upon that no particular one was looked at in any real depth and this was to the books detriment. There were parts I loved though, like how everyone hung out at the local
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Chrissi
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’m not going to lie, I’m a MASSIVE fan of James Dawson’s writing. He is one of my auto buy authors, so when I was able to read a copy of All Of The Above early I quickly made time for it. I feel like this book is a different book for James Dawson, but different in a good way. There’s certainly more of an emotional element to it. It feels a lot deeper than his other books. There are some wonderfully funny, laugh out loud moments in All Of The Above. It didn’t take me long to read at all. I’m rea ...more
Serendipity Reviews
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review originally published on www.serendipityreviews.co.uk

This is officially my new favourite book. I loved this book so much! It made me feel all the feels! From happiness to sadness, I've been on an emotional rollercoaster. A touch of The Breakfast Club meets Pretty in Pink - definitely a book I want to add to my John Hughes collection. OK, so it really isn't a secret that I love all of James Dawson's books, but I love seeing how each book just gets better and better. James has such a distinct voice that you ca
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Karen Barber
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that part of me loved, but it wasn't exactly comfortable reading.
When Toria moves to the back of beyond she imagines hiding out until school finishes. What she gets instead is a rather unusual group of new friends, and some interesting experiences.
There is a knowingness to this that could be off-putting at times. Our narrator comments on conventions of YA literature, mocks them but then uses them. I sensed some editorial judgements that led to a real confli
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Darcey
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to read and review this book by maximum pop books on Twitter. let me start this review by saying how amazing it is to find a diverse Ya book, they are so rare and uncommon. This book didn't just have LGBT characters, it has a main character who is Indian and it has characters who deal with mental health. This is definitely a breakthrough in ya books and the beginning of a better represented community. Another thing I love in this book was ...more
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