FRANKIE BY SHIVAUN PLOZZA BOOK REVIEW
Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances…When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie’s half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn’t want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes … and secrets of his own. Frankie’s search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.
Frankie was such a cool character to read about. She was angry, sassy and sarcastic and she was very relatable to read about as I know a lot of people that are like Frankie (sadly I myself am not like her). Frankie was easy to love and was so much fun to read through her point of view, making the book a very fast read.
The setting of the book was also set in Melbourne which is a place I have been to many times and so I feel like I knew the setting a lot better than I sometimes do in books and it was just a really awesome feeling to be able to have such a vivid picture of the book setting as I knew so much about Melbourne. (YAY FOR OZ YA)
The storyline was very flowing, it was very fast paced and the writing style was very lovely and was easy for the reader to get addicted to (and cause late night reading and no sleep… oops)
Overall, this book was a very fast paced, enjoyable read. With a very loveable and quirky character and was such a good debut novel! Can not wait to read more of Shivaun’s work sometime in the future!
STAR RATING: 4.5/5 STARS
WHEN WE COLLIDED BY EMERY LORD BOOK REVIEW!
We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…
Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.
In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.
This book definitely lost a star for the insta love, it started off to be pretty slow and hard to get into for a lot of the book.
The characters were very unique, I love that mental illness was weaved into the book and I think that the topic’s they deal with in the book are very underrated in the young adult genre, however the story itself was the main let down of the book.
Overall, I think that this story was a very empowering story in the issues that the characters went through, however the story itself was far from perfect. Recommend for those that like books dealing with mental illness and for those that like insta love.
STAR RATING: 3.5/5 STARS
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Turning Pointes by Emma Freedman Book Review!!
April Franklin is 13 years of age and has just started high school. April has also been dancing half her life and while she loves ballet, she’s not sure if classical is right for her, particularly since she doesn’t have the perfect ballet body – and of course all of the mean girls at her ballet school do …
There are, however, many ways to dance, and when April has the opportunity to explore them she leaps at the chance, even though she is very aware that her mother has high hopes for her as a classical dancer.
New school, mean girls, stage mothers, big dreams … sometimes finding your feet can be hard.
This book was definitely aimed for readers around 10-14, however for me at the age of 18 I still found it quite empowering and felt that I really connected with a few of the characters.
The part that I really loved about this book was how the main character loved dance. The main character was so passionate with her hobby of dance and it really made me see ho much time and dedication it takes to be a dancer and what it’s like to truly love something so much that April did dance.
The characters in this book were all very sweet and quirky in their own ways. April was a real stand out for me, even though she is the protagonist she was so easy to read about and sometimes you just felt as though you were April and I think that is always a good sign that a character really relates to you and is well written.
Overall, I found this book very interesting, fast paced and really just an enjoyable read. This book would be good for anyone that has a passion for dance, and also those that don’t. This book also has a lot of character development that would be a very good influence for young teenagers.
STAR RATING: 4.5 / 5 STARS