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Fourteen-year-old Stevie lives in Lewes with her beloved vinyl collection, her mum ... and her mum's depression. When Stevie's mum's disability benefits are cut, Stevie and her mother are plunged into a life of poverty. But irrepressible Stevie is determined not to be beaten and she takes inspiration from the lyrics of her father's 1980s record collection and dreams of a ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Walker Books Ltd (first published 2018)
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Whispering Stories
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com

Stevie is the quiet girl at school, the one no-one wants to be friends with or sit next to. She tells herself that she isnt bothered and that she doesnt want nor need a friend as she doesnt want to let anyone into her life.

Her dad died a couple of years ago and her mum fell into a deep depression unable to look after herself, never mind her daughter. She cant go out to work and so money is tight. The pair struggle to have enough food to eat and
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Laura (bbliophile)
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm honestly still trying to decide between whether to give this a 3-star or a 4-star rating. Review to come soon.
Emma
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a sweet story. Devoured it!
Nav 💁🏾
I came across Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow whilst browsing the library website. YA contemporary is one of my favourite and most read genres so I'm always looking to discover more books in this genre. I was also intrigued by the synopsis as the topics this book looks at are so relevant in society these days.

Plot
Stevie lives in England with her Mum who has depression and anxiety. On the first day back at school after the summer holidays Stevie is asked to look after the new boy Hafiz, a
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Hadia
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! I wanted to keep reading and never stop, that's how striking this book was. This is not your usual YA contemporary. It deals with realistic issues which is not very common in YA literature.

It's a story of Stevie and Hafiz. Stevie lost her dad recently and because of that her Mom, Sadie, is in depression. Sadie is not working anymore and things get pretty serious because of that. Instead of Sadie taking care of Stevie, it's Stevie who's taking care of her Mom and
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Steph Hayward-bailey
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely YA on accepting people and learning about others. I think it would be a good book for people just starting high school to promote acceptance of asylum seekers and those people struggling with money as it shows 2 families stories through teenage eyes.
Pauline
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Told in a dual narrative we meet Stevie and Hafiz. Stevie is living with her mum who is struggling with depression after the death of Stevies father. Her mother is barely able to get out of bed, she cant work and they rely on welfare to survive. Stevie has had to look after herself and the only thing that keeps her spirits uplifted is the songbook that her father has left for her and the music she plays on her guitar. When she listens to the music that they shared she feels she still has her ...more
Trisha
Enjoyable, and illuminating. Also, hopeful.
Shannon
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
See my full review on my blog here!!

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Big thank you to Walker Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my full and honest review. I had not heard about this book until I read the press release and once I did, I was extremely excited to read it.



The novel is told through the dual narrative and perspective of our main characters, Stevie and Hafiz. Although leading very different lives and coming from very different backgrounds, both Hafiz and Stevie are struggling through issues
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Blue
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this book. I really did. However there were a few elements about this book that kept hassling my brain and that did bring the rating down for me.
This book is based around Stevie and Hafiz, both with different pasts, a different way of life who take comfort in one another and help each other through the dark times in their life.
Stevie was a delightful character, with amazing taste in music! Stevie is mature for her age, which is no wonder since she not only looks after herself
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Chrissi
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dont Stop Thinking About Tomorrow centres around Stevie and Hafiz. Stevie is a bit of an outsider at school. Shes dealing with a lot. Her father died a few years prior and her mother became incredibly depressed. She was unable to look after herself so certainly was neglecting Stevies needs. Stevie struggles to get food together and her uniform is a bit small/worn. Stevie does a paper round to try and raise some more funds. Shes also saving for a guitar because music is what makes her feel ...more
Michelle dcposhpixie
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
🍁I took a brief break from my usual fare of crime fiction, to read a YA book, which was given to me by the author, Siobhan Curham. It was a treat. DONT STOP THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW is an absolutely lovely and very endearing story of two teens, Stevie and Hafiz, who are from totally different worlds and life experiences, meeting at their suburban school, nearby (a short train ride) the seaside town of Brighton, in England.
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The two are, at first, forced together as pals, on Hafizs first day of
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mavis
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
went in with zero expectations and wasn't super hooked at the start but the story eventually drew me in and i found myself tearing up at certain parts (i seriously felt like crying but i was in the public library so that's probably not a good idea). the sensitive issues covered, like depression and racism, did seem quite detailed too and it made me feel something in the very least so i guess that's a sort of sign that i was moved. almost gave it a 5/5 but i dropped one star because i feel like ...more
Mary Judy
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stevie is fourteen years old and lives in Lewes with her Mum...and her mum's depression which is growing worse by the day. When things get too much (which happens all too frequently these days), Stevie escapes into a brilliant vinyl record collection and a book "Stevie's Little Book of Big Song Wisdom", both left to her by her Dad. But then she meets Hafiz, also 14 and a Syrian refugee with a passion for football. Hafiz has been traveling for 2 years, having left his family behind in Syria to ...more
Steph ✨
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is told via a dual narrative, in which we meet Stevie and Hafiz. Stevie a fourteen-year-old budding musician is living with and caring for her mother who is struggling with severe depression after the death of Stevies father. Due to her depression, Stevies mum can barely get out of bed and cannot work, so they both rely on welfare to survive. Stevie is looking after herself, as well as her mother, and the only things that are keeping her going are a book of songs (with vinyl records) ...more
Angela Kent
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A well told, honest story about the hidden (and often ignored) issues some young people in our society are dealing with everyday. Heart breaking and heart warming in equal measures. A book that should be read by every teenager.

Stevie is a (friendless) young career, struggling with her Mums depression, poverty and school life who meets a young Syrian refugee - Hafiz. Hafiz has his own struggles, forced to flee Syria (alone - leaving his home, family and friends behind) to endure the arduous and
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Sophie Lupin
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Daniella
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was excited to hear that a new book was on its way from Siobhan Curham, as I had enjoyed her previous novels, The Moonlight Dreamers and its sequel Tell It To The Moon when I read them last year. When Siobhan offered the opportunity to book lovers to receive a copy of Dont Stop Thinking About Tomorrow to read and review, I couldnt resist putting my hand up. I honestly thought she would tell me to jog on, so I couldnt believe my luck when she said yes. The book arrived a few days later, ...more
Sara Eames
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good YA novel that has a number of serious and difficult issues at its heart. This was a very good read and I would recommend it to young people who are struggling with issues in their lives. The characters are well written and the plot moves at a steady pace. You feel real sympathy for both Stevie and Hafiz and the problems that they face. The ending offers hope without being twee. All-in-all, a good read.
Bhagyavathi Radha
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The most 'heart touching' tale(dual narrative) comprising of deep friendship between two characters which helps in overcoming family and war trouble. A must read for all teens. This book is not the usual YA kind but deals with reality issues like poverty, hunger, friendship, war troubles, family, etc. A very short and quick read with an easy flow of language.
Kate
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I wanted to like this more. The idea of a girl dealing with the her mother's depression and a life spiralling into poverty befriending a teenage Syrian refugee was good. But I feel we were short-changed in the stories of both Stevie, who was magnificent, and Hafiz. I feel like Hafiz's story was glanced over.
Amber
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This book deals with some devastating issues in a way that makes you want to bring everyone together and create world peace. It isn't a book I would usually read, but I more or less enjoyed it, but I wouldn't say it was one of my favourites. I would still recommend it though.
Ava
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family
Really cool and inspirational book. Loved every page.
Anya (An Awful Lot of Reading)
*3.5 stars*
Sabrina
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, english, owned
Read this in one session. It made me realise why I love YA fiction so much. Difficult topics are being dealt with in an understandable and interesting manner. Can only recommend.
Gill James
I thoroughly enjoyed this. The two characters were so convincing. Gosh, they had it tough. I really wanted them to come good. There is a lot of warmth in this story. I found it reassuring.
Gina
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
liked more at the beginning than at the end... but was a decent read and got through it fairly quickly
Jaida Rose
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
very informative about the Syrian war and the tragedies refugees face. I admit I read it in a day as it was very engaging. The story progressed well.
Alba
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartfelt and hopeful story about friendship that deals in a very gentle way with several serious issues that affect many young people nowadays. The book is narrated by Stevie and Hafiz in alternate chapters, which gives us readers an insight in both their lives, their struggles and their dreams.

Both characters have a very difficult life and have had to grow up faster than their peers at school. After her dad's death, Stevie takes care of her mum, who suffers depression and is not
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Gill
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 24in48-readathon
3.5 stars

This is a simple, sweet story of friendship with a message of kindness and inclusion. It touches on topics such as poverty, mental health, grief, bullying, racism, war and immigration/refugees.

Good for an enjoyable read, or for the starting point in more complex conversations.

I received a copy from Walker Books Australia in exchange for an honest review.
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