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The Suitcase Kid

Jacqueline Wilson

suitcase kidAndrea West’s parents are divorced, and her tiny stuffed rabbit, Radish, seems her only comfort in the world. She must leave the home she loves with the mulberry tree in the front yard and deal with parents who still fight, stepparents, step-siblings, two different bedrooms (neither of which is really hers), loneliness, and an acute longing for the past. Her grades sink, her friends drift away, and she’s not quite sure how to fix any of it. Eventually, though, a new equilibrium begins to settle on her life. Honest and true-to-life, Andy’s story shows that dealing with divorce is never easy.

This is a really good book.

When Andy’s parents split up she doesn’t know who to live with, her mum or her dad!

She decides that she and her Sylvanian family rabbit, Radish will spend a week at each house. But when Carrie (Dad’s partner) announces she’s pregnant, Andy (Andrea) gets to choose the name and boy is that a bad name.

Every day on her way to and from school Andy climbs into a Garden in Lakespur lane, but when she drops Radish down a tree what will she do?

I don’t want to give away too much because you’ll have to read this amazing book.

Verdict: I think this book is for Girls 9 to 13.

Reviewed by Izzy(9)

Publisher: Transworld
Publication Date: October 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
Genre: Contemporary fiction, family
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (9)
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British book

Publisher: Corgi yearling
Source: Daisy’s library
Format: PB
Reviewer: Izzy

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Before I Go To Sleep

S J Watson

“As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …’ Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.

This book was great, especially if you like something that you will go on thinking about after you have read it. The whole concept of losing your memory on a daily basis is a strangely fascinating idea. The story told plays on all the mysteries, insecurities, fears and worries that must come when you wake up every morning thinking you are twenty and you turn out to be forty and married with a whole life that you can’t remember. It really made me appreciate how much our past history informs the way we live on both a conscious and unconscious level. This is no 50 First Dates (that being a comedy film about someone with a similar condition), this begins as a journey into the mind of someone who can’t remember things and becomes a mysterious, suspenseful thriller.

I found the opening pages gripping in their description of waking up in the morning and finding you are not the person you thought you were. The first chapters are set in the present as Christine spends each day coming to terms with herself and her situation. She is meeting regularly with her doctor and keeping a journal. We then go back to read what has happened in the last few days in Christine’s life, before re-emerging in the present day to finish the story.

There are hints from the very beginning that all is not as it seems in Christine’s life. Ben, Christine’s husband seems to be changing the story of what has happened in her life. There are discrepancies and questions a plenty and as a reader you find yourself asking as many questions as Christine is. As Christine’s journal enables her to keep track of what is going on in her life things get more confused and more sinister as she is constantly questioning what is true and what is not. She also questions who she can trust and the motives of the people in her life for the way they treat her. It is very cleverly constructed and put together. As Christine lives every day fresh there is quite a bit of repetition through the book, however as more and more details come out this really serves to drive up the tension. his is a story that keeps you guessing almost to the end. Saying anymore would give away too much of the story so I think I will stop there!

Verdict: A riveting read, chilling and suspenseful, and something to think about as well.
Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Transworld Digital
Publication Date: April 2011
Format: eBook
Pages: 515/559KB
Genre: Crime
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: Debut Author
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Just for the Summer

Judy Astley

Every July, the lucky owners of Cornish holiday homes set off for their annual break. Loading their estate cars with dogs, cats, cases of wine, difficult adolescents and rebellious toddlers, they close up their desirable semis in smartish London suburbs – having turned off the Aga and turned on the burglar alarm – and look forward to a carefree, restful and somehow more fulfilling summer. Clare is, this year, more than ready for her holiday. Her teenage daughter, Miranda, has been behaving strangely; her husband, Jack is harbouring unsettling thoughts of a change in lifestyle; her small children are being particularly tiresome; and she herself is contemplating a bit of extra-marital adventure, possibly with Eliot, the successful – although undeniably heavy-drinking and overweight – author in the adjoining holiday property. Meanwhile Andrew, the only son of elderly parents, is determined that this will be the summer when he will seduce Jessica, Eliot’s nubile daughter. But Jessica spends her time in girl-talk with Miranda, while Milo, her handsome brother with whom Andrew longs to be friends, seems more interested in going sailing with the young blond son of the club commodore. Unexpected disasters occur, revelations are made and, as the summer ends, real life will never be quite the same again.

This book is a real favourite of mine and even though it’s not new, I felt it deserved a mention, especially now Christmas is past and we start wondering about where our summer holiday will take us this year. I have both the paperback version, well read, and very dog-eared, and as it’s almost fallen apart, I have recently bought it on Kindle.

As you get to know the three main families in this book you can’t help but smile as you know that ‘their’ situations are going on all around you in real life. They are all fairly comfortably off, middle class families and although they live reasonably closely to each other in London, they only meet up when they are on holiday. They are the ‘second homers’ as opposed to regular tourists renting cottages/houses and as such are tolerated by the villagers rather than liked. Although they attempt to be part of village life, they really just stick together and bring all of their ‘up country’ snobberies with them.

I love the humour in this book and have giggled away happily even though I’ve read it several times now. The characters are very ‘real’ and you either love them or hate them! Not many of us have the luxury of spending an entire six weeks away on holiday but these families do and over the course of their summer we see their issues and angst over varying situations all come to a head.

Judy Astley, the author, lives in both London and Cornwall and her knowledge and understanding of both the area and the local cultural differences comes across well and I for one am transported down to Cornwall in my mind very quickly when reading this. It probably helps that I love Cornwall very much and go there often too! This book is delightfully funny and one to add to the holiday pile, wherever you may be planning to journey this year!

Verdict: A wonderful, light-hearted and enjoyable summer read!

Reviewed by Lesley

Publisher: Transworld Digital
Publication Date: June 2011
Format: eBook
Pages: 351KB
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Lesley
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: British Book
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