REVIEW: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

In brief: George and Lennie are on the road to a new job in the hope of getting enough money together for a place of their own. Can they stay out of trouble? The good: Excellent description of setting and place. The not-so-good: Pretty quick read. Why I chose it: A few people whose recommendations... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon

In brief: Hannah doesn't do relationships. Which is a good thing, because nor does Sonny. But will this damaged pair open up to each other? The good: A lot of summer fun and sweet moments. The not-so-good: The secret revelations – wow, a lot to unpack. Why I chose it: Paige Toon's novels are always... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Box Hill by Adam Mars-Jones

In brief: Colin is eighteen when he trips over Ray on Box Hill and starts a relationship with him. The good: It's sad, happy and mesmerising. The not-so-good: A quick read. Why I chose it: Sounded like a good read. Thanks to Scribe for the copy. Year: 2020 Pages: 151 Publisher: Scribe Publications Setting: England... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Pretending by Holly Bourne

In brief: April is sick of being rejected by men. So she invents Gretel, the perfect woman so she can get the upper hand in a relationship. But Joshua is actually quite nice… The good: There is a lot more to this story than the above suggests. The not-so-good: Bear with the first chapters –... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The New Me by Halle Butler

In brief: Millie is a temp with no permanent job in sight. It's a distressing and depressing way to live, but will a permanent job bring happiness? The good: The satire bites. The not-so-good: Not the happiest read ever. Why I chose it: I like an office set story. Year: 2019 Pages: 191 Publisher: Hachette... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Anna K by Jenny Lee

In brief: An updated version of Anna Karenina, set amongst rich teenagers in New York. The good: It's decadent and intense. The not-so-good: Memories of shopping and going out… Why I chose it: Sounded like fun, thanks to Penguin for the coolest ARC ever. Year: 2020 Pages: 377 (ARC) Publisher: Penguin Setting: Mainly New York... Continue Reading →

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