Posts tagged ‘Young Adult’

July 22, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

by Team Riverside

Paperback, Walker Books, £7.99, out nowAngie Thomas THE HATE U GIVE

A gripping and highly relevant new YA novel, speaking to many of the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.  Starr sees her best friend Khalil shot by a police officer, and is instantly not only bereaved but at the centre of an explosive situation.

Starr is already in a difficult position: she’s not sure where she belongs, as a 16 year old living in a poor neighbourhood and attending an upmarket (mainly white) school.  It’s a novel of political and romantic awakening, with a compelling storyline and believable teen and adult characters.

The only drawback for me was that it made me feel old – one of the teenagers is named after a band member from Jodeci, prompting other characters to comment that their very old (i.e. late 30s) parents also love this band!  There are several moments of kindness, solidarity and humour in this very readable novel, which has won high praise from YA superstar John Green.

It is a US smash hit and a mind-expanding read, requested by several of our customers as soon as it was released, I expect this to be a hit in the bookshop this summer.  A movie is due soon too.

Review by Bethan

July 3, 2014

The Fault in our Stars

by Team Riverside

The Fault in our Stars JOHN GREENThe Fault in our Stars tells the story of a 16-year-old girl called Hazel who has cancer. While attending a support group in a local church, she meets a handsome boy called Augustus Waters and her story begins to change. This is one of my favourite books of all time as it is not your typical love story. Although classified as Young Adult fiction, it’s a novel that I think is important for everyone to read as it puts your own life into perspective. Another point about this book which is important is that the characters are portrayed as real teenagers with their own interests and not as their illness, which many books and films tend to do with the subject of cancer.

Once you read The Fault in Our Stars you will continue to think about it for months as it poses many different questions about life and death. Some parts are extremely emotional but there’s a lot of humour in between, which makes reading this book rather like a rollercoaster ride. Recently a film adaptation was released and those who love the novel will also love the film, which is sad and inspiring – and a very true portrayal of the book.

Review by Megan Hughes-Gage, age 15