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My hand, which is following a stray pencil rolling across the floor, stops dead right in front of two ratty green sneakers.
My gaze follows the shoes up over long legs to a towering figure.
I stand abruptly.
Tall, black eyes, messy hair, a permanent scowl on a permanently angry face. Our school’s delinquent, a waster, the kind of boy who always sits at the back of class. The
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Paperback, 276 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Wakefield Press
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C.G. Drews
This was so soft and adorable, the kind of contemporary that tugs at your heart. It captured what it is to be shy so well and if this book isn’t relatable to those of us who work extra hard (especially in highschool) to cover up the fact that making friends is hard. I love friendship stories.Especially ones between the shy squish and the flirt. Teddy and Alice have complicated family problems and they’re drifting towards the end of highschool without quite knowing how they’re going to stand up o ...more
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
I REALLY, REALLY WANTED TO LIKE THIS.. I JUST COULDN'T

I tried, I really tried to get into this book. But right from the beginning I was annoyed and uncertain of the outcome. Over the course of the rest of the book, more and more faults popped up and it dragged the book down further. If you find the beginning (the first two chapters) difficult to get into, here's my advice to you - don't read the rest.

👎 WHAT I DISLIKED 👎

Beginning: Okay, the beginning was really rough. It starts right in the middl
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Emma
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.75/5 Stars

Full review HERE

This sweet book explores the friendship that blossoms between Alice and Teddy, two completely different people who become friends after an impromptu dance off near their school. The two of them have basically never even glanced at the other before, but this little shared moment is the start of what later becomes a beautiful friendship, in spite of Alice trying to be opp
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ALPHAreader
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Was asked to provide an endorsement quote for this book, because it was 1000% up my alley as a smart & steely Aussie YA romance.

So this was my full quote about the book that I absolutely ADORED:

Don't judge a book by its cover, and don't listen to the rumours about Teddy Taualai!

‘Making Friends with Alice Dyson’ is a sweet contemporary romance about growing up, growing apart, and getting to know someone before it's too late. A tender and true debut about the power of friendship and the trust i
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its.me.the.bibliophile
**Thank you to NetGalley, the author, & the publisher for a chance to read & review an E-ARC of this novel!**

For me, this was a heavy contemporary read tackling topics such as representation as well as family discord, grief, bullying, double standards in society, friendships, the pressure of planning for the future as a adolescent, & also being honest with ourself & others about our true thoughts & feeling. Please find my extended feedback below...along with some spoilers (beware).
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Samantha (WLABB)
Alice had a plan. She just needed to finish her last year of school, continue to get good grades, and get into the university of her parents' choice. Then she could finally be free. Her plan didn't include Teddy Taualai, but it seems Teddy didn't get the memo, and maybe that's a good thing.

Poppy Nwosu annihilated me with this book. This book quietly came and hit me right in the feels, and I absolutely welcomed every second of it.

So what's this book about?

It's about friendship. I mean, it is m
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Kate
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweet, awkward and wonderfully authentic, Alice begins to have many new experiences in her last year of High School - when all she wants to be doing is study.

The tale of an awkwardly shy book nerd breaking slowly out of her comfort zone is utterly endearing, but what makes Alice even more charming is that she battles through her naivety in expression her dreams and feelings to connect with those she cares for. May I also add that Teddy Taualai is a complete babe, I loved how open and expressi
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rose ★
Sep 20, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
just based off what i’ve heard of this book, plus the cover, i think this girl might be me. so yes i’m adding it, even though i don’t normally do contemporaries.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Making Friends with Alice Dyson was such a pleasant little surprise for me. It's quiet Aussie YA about friendship, popularity, first crushes, and making that transition into adulthood.

This covers the last couple years before uni, but it feels more youthful, because Alice grew up a bit more slowly. She has been socially isolated partially by her own desires and partially because of pressure to study hard from her parents. Alice is an adorable little cinnamon roll introvert who is really only jus
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
DNF @ 40%

I just didn't connect with this story at all. At the beginning, it was hard for me to really get into the writing, I thought it was kinda all over the place and not very well structured or developed. The biggest flaw was that we don't really get to see Alice and Teddy's first interaction and there's a lot of small time jumps in the beginning that pass over relationship development. None of the characters really clicked with me either, I thought the story was just okay and just wasn't pu
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Aly
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Nice coming of age story.
Alice is a shy girl, just trying to get through her final year of high school so she can escape her demanding mom and start living her life. Her only friend Mae has started to become obsessed with popularity and they're drifting apart. Luckily Teddy, the school outcast, steps into her world and challenges her in ways she didn't imagine.

I adored Teddy and he was by far my favorite part of the story. He's sweet and kind and doesn't care what the kids at school say about
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Sophie's Reading Corner
This is a YA contemporary and Alice is the main protagonist of this book. She's a girl focused on her studies, to the point where she rarely gets any fun with her friends. There's pressure at home, but she also has her own goals. However, her life is about to change when a rumor starts and she gets closer to Teddy, the notorious bad boy of school.

This book took me by surprise. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Admittedly, at first I was hesitant, because it was slow and nothing exci
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Lainy122
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I'm going to be honest, I tend to stay away from contemporary YA if it's a high school setting - they tend to be a bit same-y, with the extreme drama and best friend backstabbing and the popularity game with high emotions and that whole scene is just not my jam.

So imagine my surprise when I loved THE HELL out of this book! There were some of the elements I mentioned, but through the lens of a character who not only doesn't care about high school politics but actually doesn't even notice them hal
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Emily
Sep 02, 2021 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
nope nope nope dnf

the writing style and opening chapters are just so… disjointed and flat i cannot go on im sorry 😭
elise (the petite punk)
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

What a cute, authentic story!

Making Friends with Alice Dyson will be incredibly relatable for anyone who is, or was, a shy, awkward, book nerd type kid. Alice, quiet and relatively innocent, is the complete opposite of Teddy Taualai, the mysterious bad-boy transfer student, yet they still manage to form an unlikely, adorable relationship. I really appreciated the characters in this story--everyone had such a disti
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K.
Trigger warnings: controlling parents, (view spoiler), mentions of violence, slut shaming.

This book was hella cute and I loved the friendship/relationship between Alice and Teddy. I loved the changing friendships over the course of the year and Teddy's grandmother was delightful. My one slight complaint is that the characters didn't entirely feel like year 12s. If you'd told me they were year 10s, I definitely would have bought it. But there was s
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Laura
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating 4.5 ⭐️
High school me relates so much to Alice Dyson - the bookishness, the whispering and gossip behind my back, even the smell of salt in the school hallways. This book was a wonderful coming-of-age story that I felt was entirely realistic. The writing was so satisfying and the characters were full of so much depth. A very enjoyable and heartfelt read.
Sylvs (NOVELty Reads)
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I told myself that I won't lay a finger on the keyboard again after my exam but alas here we are. Me. Book reviewing. Y. A. Y.

In all honesty I wasn't meant to read Making Friends With Alice Dyson it sort of just happened I was bored, wanted something quick and easy to read and most importantly something enjoyable or at least something that everyone said was enjoyable. I sort of saw it sitting there on what I call the "Leaning Tower of TBR" (aka a book pile so high it's scarily leaning over. How'
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Diana Iozzia
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Making Friends with Alice Dyson”
Written by Poppy Nwosu
Reviewed by Diana Iozzia

As a nostalgic fan of teen / young adult romance novels, I felt excited to begin reading Making Friends with Alice Dyson. I have long enjoyed these types of novels, and I was hoping to find them similar to those I read when I was in my teens. However, I have learned in my twenties, that teen fiction does not always hold my interest anymore, with new slang, technology, and pop culture references. To my surprise and ple
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Paige
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher for a tour. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Making Friends With Alice Dyson

Author: Poppy Nwosu

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For...: contemporary lovers, friendship stories

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 15+ (bullying, gossip, family issues, slight romance)

Publisher: Walker Books US

Pages: 276

Synopsis: My hand, which is following a stray pencil rolling across the floor, stops dead ri
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abdulia ortiz-perez
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this from the Publisher for honest review.

5 stars ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐⭐


What a beautiful wonderful amazing read.

This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beatting so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page, every chapter was a page turner. I couldn't believe my eyes what I was reading. I highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. It wi
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Emily
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
RATING: 3.5/5 stars
I am so proud of Poppy for the release of her debut novel. I enjoyed reading this and liked how Alice Dyson was relatable in the way that she was happy not being popular. I did feel that a few of the chapters could have been incorporated better into the story. Overall it was a really cute read!
Brooklyn Tayla
I had the pleasure of meeting Poppy at her book launch for her debut, Making Friends With Alice Dyson, and it honestly made me all the more curious to read it, excited having heard Poppy speak with such love and adoration about her characters!
I could not fault this, it was such a gorgeous mix of heartache and heartwarming! I loved everything about it, especially both where Alice and Teddy are concerned! I loved all their scenes together and going through Alice’s thoughts as she allowed her mind
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Beulah Jenifer
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute, fluffy story that is preferable to teens. Alice and Teddy are in high school - the plot follows their school life and new love. Their characters, finding inner self, the emotions, the reflections can be clearly understood in the story. A teen love story full at its potential.
Barbara
I'd give this one a 3.5. This novel from an Australian writer didn't surprise me with its plot or even its ending since I could predict where it was going even from the opening pages. But it was worth reading because of its characters and how relatable they and their situations are. Alice Dyson is in her senior year, and while her classmates and even her best friend May plan to take advantage of their final year of high school, party, and embrace new experiences, in May's case, maybe even fall i ...more
Dionne (HeyoitsDeej)
A story that follows the quiet, and somewhat socially awkward girl, named Alice Dyson after a viral video of her dancing with the school's reputed troublemaker Teddy Taualai leaked online. Making Friends with Alice Dyson is all about the slice-of-life vibes of highschool and how these characters come out from the shells, to discover what it means to be a friend and more.

Before I give my thoughts on the book, I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an hon
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Claire
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Making Friends with Alice Dyson is a cute contemporary romance with great characters. It’s also about friendship, spreading rumours, first love and questioning what you really want. I loved this debut novel by Poppy Nwosu.

I really liked the friendship between Alice and Teddy, which starts after a small incident causes rumours to be spread about them. I liked how Alice was unsure at first because of the other rumours about him and the fact that Teddy was distracting her from studying. Once she g
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BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a wonderful book about friendships and seeing people for who they really are. I loved that Alice had a misconceived notion of who Teddy was based on untrue rumors, and when she decides to get to know him, she finds a friend, and learns a bit about herself. I thought the characters were wonderful and easy to love. Alice is all about staying under the radar and focuses all her time and energy on her grades, but that all changes when she and Teddy are part of a video that goes viral. ...more
novelsnerd (Anshrah)
This was a sweet contemporary. Just the book you would want to snuggle up with on a rainy day. Alice was much like me in a lot of ways and I liked that she accepted herself the way she was and tried make better of her situation rationally.
I liked Teddy and Alice's friendship more than their relationship. They were both accepting, helpful and kind to each other. Also a cute couple even if that wasn't given much page time. It captured shyness, awkwardness of characters so beautifully and realisti
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Lisa Pineo
*I received this eARC from Wakefield Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
TW (trigger warnings): parental death

"Making Friends with Alice Dyson" is a YA novel about rumors, first experiences and figuring out who you really are. (3.5 stars)

Description from the publisher:
Alice Dyson knows exactly how she’ll be spending her final year of high school. With her head down, quietly concentrating on her textbooks and homework. She’s focused on the future, and nothing and no one is going
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