Buried Under Books

Category: Young Adult

REVIEW: ‘Sunflowers in February’ by Phyllida Shrimpton

Lily was dead. To begin with. Of course, Lily doesn’t realise she’s dead until the police arrive and completely ignore her, focusing instead on something behind her, which turns out to be her dead body. And it’s definitely dead: ‘I said, I’m not sure you’re going to need the defibrillator, Gary…Because her f***ing head is […]

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‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ is a tender YA adventure

I LOVED this book. ‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ features an unreliable narrator, a touching coming of age tale and a bit of a mystery. What’s it about? Flora is 17 and has retrograde amnesia as a result of a brain tumour she had removed when she was ten. This means she is unable […]

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What we left behind: can love survive university AND uncertain identity?

I’m aware that much of what I read is, let’s say, comfortable. In particular, I read a lot of crime fiction, especially psychological crime, frequently featuring middle class women doing rather middle class things. (I’m even sure ‘rather’ is quite a middle class word, now I come to think about it.) Even when they’re transplanted […]

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The Hunger Games: reality TV taken to an extreme

When your job involves recommending books to young people, it’s a good idea to read at least a few of the more popular YA books, which is why I read Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games’. What’s it about? Sometime in a dystopian future, North America has been divided into twelve districts and the Capitol. As […]

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How Pepper defied death: engaging adventure for young teens

Running a book group for teens means that I read a fair amount of teen fiction: some good, some bad, some indifferent. While I probably wouldn’t have selected ‘The Death Defying Pepper Roux’ to read without this prompt, I was anticipating an entertaining read since the cover design made the tale appear to be a […]

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‘Bog Child’: Life for a Typical Teen during the Troubles

Dowd’s first novel, ‘A Swift Pure Cry’, was published in 2006 and received an extremely positive reception. It won the 2007 Branford Boase Award and the Eilis Dillon Award, and it was short listed for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Her second novel was also very well received, so when I tentatively […]

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