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07 April 2016

Review: Read Me Like A Book by Liz Kessler

Ashleigh Walker is in love.

You know the feeling - that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It's enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents' marriage troubles.

There's just one thing bothering her...

Shouldn't it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way - not Miss Murray, her English teacher?

Source: NetGalley Request

5 Words: family, school, friendship, growing-up, coming-out.

Aww man, I've got the warm fuzzies.

I have admit that I wasn't really feeling it at the beginning. I couldn't settle in to the story. But I stuck with it. And I'm so glad that I did. Because this book is amazing. It is so SO good.

I didn't like Ash very much in the beginning, and while I still didn't love her by the end, she'd definitely grown on me. She's one of the best written teenage characters I have read, and every action rang true. I could actually relate to her quite a bit.

I loved that the author wasn't afraid to have non-perfect A Level results. Social pressure to get AAA at A Level is soul destroying, especially when it just doesn't happen for most people. But this author tackled that, and what happens when you don't get the results that you wished for.

In fact, this author tackled a lot of different things in this relatively short book. There was a bit of everything, from fancying your teacher to tanking your exams, falling out with your best friend and trying to kiss another, thinking you're pregnant to realising you're gay... And she did it so wonderfully. The friendships were real and relatable, the misunderstandings totally understandable, and the prejudices left me feeling indignant with rage. It's difficult not to get caught up in this book, in Ash's story.

Overall this is a WONDERFUL book. The narrator is exceptional (even if not totally likeable for me) and the issues tackled are dealt with fantastically.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic review! This one sounds great and good to know that all the tough topics were handled well. :)


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