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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  636 ratings  ·  115 reviews
On the same night Evan's mother marries local radio DJ 'Breakfast Tim', Evan's brand-new step-brother Lewis is found unconscious and terribly injured, the only survivor of a horrific car crash.

A media furore erupts, with the finger of blame pointed firmly at stoner, loner Lewis. Everyone else seems to think the crash was drugs-related, but Evan isn't buying it. With the he
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Quercus Children's Books
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
2.5 out of 5 stars!

T/W: Suicide, Self-Harm, Domestic Violence, Mentions of Eating Disorders, Mentions of Suicide Attempts

I've read a few books by this author in the past and personally have had mixed fortunes with them. Sadly for me, We Are Young was too graphic and triggering a plotline for me to fully take in and connect with the characters. Evan witnesses her Mum remarrying a man that works as a local DJ. During their wedding reception, a phone call comes in. Evan's new stepfather's son from
Aug 04, 2018 added it
Shelves: arcs, ukya
Dark, low key thriller, slow-build. What you'd expect from a Cat Clarke book, basically! Appreciated the bisexual rep and the relationship between Evan and her father. There aren't enough family oriented stories out there. Loved how unapologetic this one was about it's content and it's heroine.
I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book by the publisher.

TW/ death, violence, suicide, explicit language

“They call us lazy, irresponsible, dangerous, ungrateful.
You hardly ever see positive stories about teenagers. There’s the odd sporting or academic triumph, or a tragic battle with cancer. They only like us when we are excelling, or dying. No one’s interested in the between.”

I can’t express properly how glad I am to have read this book. I started it not expecting much, and I left
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
We Are Young is a book that once I started I could not put down so I ended up finishing it at 1am. This is without a doubt one of Cat Clarke's best books to date. I'd highly recommend this book to every young person living with mental illness in today's society.
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Megan  (thebookishtwins)
Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Evan’s mother marries the local radio DJ, ‘Breakfast Tim’, and on the same day, they get a call that her brand new step-brother is the sole survivor of a horrific car crash. A media frenzy starts and blame is placed on her step-brother Lewis – a stoner with no friends. Everyone thinks the crash was drugs-related, except Evan. Things don’t quite add up. So with the help of her journalist and recovering alcoholic
Clarisse LF
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a quick and addictive read ! I really loved it !
Greyson | Use Your Words
Trigger Warnings: abuse, suicide, depression, alcoholism
Representation: Gay, M/M, African-American, sapphic, lesbian, bisexual, disability
Actual Rating: 3.5

Cat Clarke captures the feeling of powerlessness teenagers know all too well.

It's much harder to prove something isn't true than imply that it is.

This is the second book by Cat Clarke I have read. I read Girlhood a couple of months ago. I liked it but was very disappointed and angered by the ending but hey, that happens sometimes. I like
Charlotte Burns
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
We Are Young starts right in the middle of the action as someone calls the emergency services from the site of a car crash. It’s horrific. There are details that I may never erase from my brain. It hooks you in. There were four people in the car, and only one survives.
The story then moves to Evan, who is at her mother’s wedding, and does not seem to be enjoying herself. Her mum is marrying Breakfast Tim, a radio show host. Tim’s son, Lewis isn’t at the wedding. Evan and her mum talk about it. T
Alyssa Grace
"We are old
They say that we shouldn't cry
We are young
They say that we're too young to die"

4.5/5 stars

Reminiscent but not derivative of contemporary YA novels like The Hanging Girl and Genuine Fraud, We Are Young is a gutsy, compelling read that hooks you in and refuses to let go. With well-developed characters and conflicts that feel close to home regardless of your own experiences, Cat Clarke's new novel was a pleasant surprise.

We Are Young's emotional suspense is infused with startling int
Karen Barber
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another Cat Clarke success, but at a heavy cost. It’ll put you through the full range of emotions, but the messages are so important to be heard.
When Evan’s mum marries new partner Tim it should be a happy moment. But on the same night his son, Lewis, is involved in a car accident.
Three teens die and Lewis is in a coma. Rumours about the crash are rife, and people are curious about why four people who don’t know each other were together.
With the help of friends, her father and a bit of luck, Ev
Eve beinguniquebooks
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Evan and Billy attend their mum's wedding to Tim, they never expect the night to go how it does.

The evening turns sour when their new stepbrother, Lewis has been in a car crash with strangers and is in intensive care. What's even more strange is that Lewis doesn't ever hang out with anyone else so just who died?

This is a gripping book with mystery being the heart of the story as Evan tries to piece together just why the crash involved all people she knew and just what they were doing togeth
Meggan Turner
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved the story of this, and Cat Clarke still blows me away with her writing. Such an important message, done in such a wonderful way 💕
Heather Chi
One of the best books I’ve read in 30 years. I know I will regret staying up this late to complete it in one sitting, but, no, actually, no regrets.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one! Full review to come soon on the blog!
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm quite confident that I'm one of Cat Clarke's biggest fans. And this book is her best yet. I was so IN it for the best part of 3 days; trying not to gobble it all up at once, but finding myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. Important themes covered, wonderful diversity, and a genuinely brilliant story. *Review to come on*
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've come to expect great things from Cat Clarke and she has yet to disappoint. This is a highly readable book and I would recommend it to any reader looking for a contemporary mystery with strong family themes.
Gabriela Pop
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The truth is we have no idea what anyone else is going though,no matter how close we are to them.You can never really know.That's the problem.
All you can do is hold your loved ones close. And hope."

CW: death,mentions of suicide&suicidal thoughts,depression,bipolar disorder,emotional abuse

3.5/5 (???)

I find it a little bit hard to rate this book because as far as I was concerned,it really walked that fine line between using mental illness related issues as a plot device and trying to portra
Hannah Reed
Absolutely adored this, probably my favourite Cat Clarke book I've ever read. I didn't see the ending coming at all and I just thought the writing was phenomenal. Genuinely don't have a negative thing to say about it, just read it.
Finn Longman
Well, this kind of screwed me over emotionally. Which isn't to say I didn't like it, because it was powerful and well-written, but it did kind of make me feel like crap. It deals with some fairly heavy themes (death, suicide, mental health, emotional abuse), so just bear all that in mind and don't go into it expecting something lighthearted. I didn't, because I've read a couple of Cat Clarke's other books, but it's worth reiterating just in case.

I was actually slightly put off this book by the c
Charlie' (MyBooksAreCorrupted)
Disclaimer: Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I am so grateful to NetGalley and the Publishers, Quercus Children's Books, for giving me a copy of We Are Young by Cat Clarke.


I have been a major fan of Cat Clarke's books since I picked up Entangled back in 2011, so I half know what to expect when reading a book written by her. However I still find myself shocked and getting whiplash at the plot twists.

Firstly, the co
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is without a doubt the best book Cat Clarke has ever written, and that’s saying something given how brilliant her other books are! I started reading it at midnight and finished it at 4am!

We Are Young is an outstanding ya contemporary novel that focuses on Evan, a truly engaging character from the outset.
Evan’s mum is remarrying, and her new stepfather - local breakfast DJ, Tim - has a son 2 years older than her called Lewis. The story opens with Lewis being in a catastrophic car accident w
Erin Michie
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
WE ARE YOUNG is an important and immersive read for teenagers and adults alike, exploring themes of family, romantic relationships, friendships, mental health and abuse. We join the protagonist Evan, on her search for the truth behind a community tragedy - a car crash which caused 3 teenagers to die and her new stepbrother to be hospitalised.

Why were these 4 individuals in this car in the first place? What was their connection to one another? And why was Evan's stepbrother, the bedroom hermit,
I got an eARC copy of this book from NetGalley ahead of the book’s release in exchange for an honest review.

Having read ‘Undone’ a few years ago (a book that’s had a pretty secure spot as one of my favourite books of all time), I knew that Cat Clarke was an author to keep an eye out for, and that’s a huge part of the reason why I requested this book. I enjoy how she doesn’t make a massive deal of LGBT+ representation and includes it casually, unlike many other YA authors. She also throws a lot o
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
We Are Young, a young adult novel by Cat Clarke, is due to be published in May 2018. The heart of it is a mystery novel, with the protagonist, Evan, trying to figure out why her stepbrother has been in a car accident with three other, seemingly random, people.

This was another book I ate up in an evening, reading all through my dinner until I could get to that perfect ending. It’s a very gripping book, the mystery being solved piece by piece, and the stakes raising higher and higher until I liter
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
We Are Young is another powerful novel by Cat Clarke that combines suspense, serious issues, and real, flawed characters. Seventeen year old Evan’s mother gets married to breakfast DJ Tim on the same night that her new stepbrother Lewis is involved in a terrible car accident. As the only survivor, Lewis is scapegoated by the local media, but Evan and her journalist father Harry think there’s more than meets the eye. Their investigating turns up a complex story of disturbing truths, mental health ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
*** I received an uncorrected advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. This has not influenced my opinions, or the content of this review in any way.***

There is so much that I liked about this book, seriously, I need to find more books like this to read, because I found it so refreshing. I got totally hooked in by the mystery element of the story and ended up reading the entire thing in a single day. There is so much I want to t
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback
I didn't realize when I first pick up this book how pertinent it would be in light of this week's current events. I stumbled upon a synopsis of the book and the accompanying reviews piqued my interest enough to where I bought the only format available -- paperback.

On the night that Evan's mom remarries, her new step brother Lewis (who refused to attend the wedding) is reported to be the sole survivor in a horrific accident in a car of 3 other teenagers. All teenagers have ketamine in their syst
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Cat Clarke’s writing, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. I always really appreciate when authors include mental health and this story has it in abundance and deals with it very well. It’s not my favourite Cat Clarke book, but it was very enjoyable nevertheless and incredibly easy to read despite its subject matter.

It starts with Evan and Billy attending their mum’s wedding to radio presenter Tim. Although, they’re not looking forward to the wedding, they never anticipate
Ellie (crackthespine)
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dear Cat Clarke, please never stop writing.
Having read Girlhood back last year (another book I loved and will be shortly rereading), I knew Cat Clarke was an author to keep an eye out for. I really enjoy the casual LGBT+ representation in her stories, rather than making a Massive Deal of it, as many authors seem to do. She also throws a lot of other contemporary issues into her stories - most notably, here, the issue
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Cat was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people.

Cat has written non-fiction books about exciting things like cowboys, sharks and pirates, and now writes YA novels. She lives in Edinburgh with a couple of cats, Jem and Scout, who spend their days plotting to spit up furballs at the most inconvenient times. She likes chees

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