Monday, 29 August 2016

Book Review | Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

My Rating: 6/10
Published: February 26th 2016
Pages: 528
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Simon Snow is trying to enjoy his last year at Watford School of Magicks, but no one seems to be on his page.
His mentor, The Mage wants to hide him away to keep him safe from the magickal war that is threatening to break out, his girlfriend of three years has just dumped him and his room mate, who could quite possibly be a vampire seems determined to try and kill him off at every given opportunity, not to mention the various other magickal evil creatures that seem to be out to get him.

For those of you who have read Fangirl (which I fricking love), the characters of Simon Snow and Baz will be somewhat familiar as they are the focus of Cath's fanfiction. If you haven't read Fangirl though this still makes for a great standalone story.

I have such mixed feelings about this book. There is no denying that Rainbow Rowell is a fantastic writer and can tell a story well, but I found the first quarter of this book quite dull and a drag to read. This could be because the story is set in Simon's final year at school, so it takes quite a while to build up the back story and establish a sense of familiarity with the characters.

There were also points in the book when this really did just read like fan fiction. It was just slightly to fantastical and exaggerated to read seriously, but further in the book it all pulls together and seems normal to the world. It's a bit hard to explain, but I think if you read the book you will get what I mean.

Despite the slow start I found the second part of the book to be gripping as the story evolved and finally got moving. The things that all seemed silly at the start started to make sense too, and its funny because this deals with some pretty heavy topics such as politics and being gay etc too all with this weird fan fiction vibe.

As I mentioned too, Rainbow is a great writer and this takes such a different tone to the previous works I have read by her. She does quite a good job of taking on the personality of an English student in their final year and the language never seems forced and the pop references in there work so well.

I think Carry On is worth a read, even if it is slow to start but I can't say I enjoyed this anywhere near as much as Fangirl and had difficulties with it at times. That said it is not a bad book by any means and I still liked it, just not as much as I had hoped.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Guest Post | Snotgirl #1 Spoiler Free Review

Hello from Germany! I am here with another guest post for you, this time it comes from the lovely Kayleigh who blogs over at This is Kayleigh. Kayleigh is also a graphic novel fan so she has very kindly wrote a review of the new graphic novel, Snotgirl. Enjoy!

Snot girl graphic novel review

Fans of Bryan Lee O’Malley rejoice! Those who are new to the comic game and picked up this title due to how highly anticipated it was, you can rejoice too! Snotgirl #1 does not disappoint and leaves you hungry for the next issue.

Funny, fast-paced and occasionally quite dark, the narrative takes us into the mind and life of Lottie Person, a 25 year old gorgeous fashion blogger with severe allergies. The story follows her navigating life around flakey friends, meetings with fellow bloggers, trialed medication and controlling how much of her true self she reveals to her adoring fans through her regularly posted ‘candid’ selfies.

The storyline is light, but the message is deep, it shines a light onto not only the fashion blogging community but to almost everyone in our generation. It reminds us how our online presence is not a mirror that reflects us, but a carefully constructed collage showcasing only the parts that we wish to share.

It rightfully doesn’t shame the blogging practice; O’Malley and Hung cleverly use this career path that is often synonymous with the younger generation as a way for readers to relate to the characters and story. The constant presence of mobile phones and messaging doesn’t feel like its trying to be ‘down with the kids’ and the language used doesn’t make it feel elitist or too ‘try hard’.

Snot girl graphic novel review

O’Malley’s previous storytelling shows his ability to not just invite you to watch a story unfold, but to grab you by the hand and throw you into the story itself, effortlessly allowing you to feel the haziness associated with youth; the anxiousness and sensitivity of Life At Sea, and the invincible power of love in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Snotgirl shows his constant evolution as a writer. It’s still effortless and relevant, but it’s also bolder and sharper. The feelings are real and the story moves quickly, leaving you wishing you had issue #2 immediately afterwards!

Issue #1 is told through Hung’s beautiful and unique illustration style, combining both traditional comic elements with manga-esque line work. It offers both a refreshing change for a seasoned comic reader and will also catch the eye of those who are simply looking for a new comic to start. The colours are bold and striking and the brush strokes are strong and purposeful.

A clever, relevant and beautiful export from two incredibly talented storytellers, Snotgirl’s first issue is simultaneously loud yet subtle, weird yet realistic, and graceful yet gross. Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung’s first issue of Snotgirl delivers everything required to satisfy both seasoned Scott Pilgrim fans and those who have never picked up a copy of Seconds.

Thank you so much Kayleigh for guest posting for me! If you enjoyed this make sure you check out Kayleigh's social media:
Twitter: @kaylescau
Instagram: @kavon_kayleigh & @this_is_kayleigh
Tumblr: thisiskayleigh.tumblr.com

Monday, 22 August 2016

Book Review | Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle

My rating: 8/10
Vivian Versus the Apocalypse review
Published: January 6th 2015
Pages: 262
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Vivian Versus the Apocalypse, or Vivian Apple at the End of the World as it is known in America is set in an America that has been taken over the thought that there is going to be an apocalypse, and anyone who doesn't worship at the Church of America won't be saved by the rapture.

Vivian Apple, the main character in the story is a firm non-believer in the Church of America, despite the fact that her parents are hardcore believers until one day Vivian comes home to find two holes in her ceiling and her parents to be nowhere in site. After realising that this is the case in many households Vivian sets off on a road trip to discover what has really happened to those who have been 'raptured' with her best friend Harp who is bit of a wild child, and Peter, who they have only just met and is clearly not letting on to all that he knows.

The theme of a cult is one that I love and find really interesting. Vivian Versus the Apocalypse does a great job of creating a believable cult that is posed as the Church of America which really gives you an insight into how brainwashing can happen to anyone given the right circumstances, and how this can become such a big threat.

There is also a great air of mystery to this book, surely there isn't such a thing as a rapture, so where have all these thousands of people who has disappeared gone to? This is just one of the many questions Vivian hopes to answer by taking her road trip.

My only issue with this book is with how it ended. Vivian Versus the Apocalypse has a sequel, and I felt that everything should have been wrapped up in one book. The pacing was great with lots of events happening throughout but I found the ending to be a bit anti-climatic. Having said this though, I've not yet read the sequel so I'm sure Katie Coyle has lots more in store for us.

For anyone who enjoys conspiracy theories, anything cult related or mysterious young adult I would definitely read Vivian Versus the Apocalypse. It's a very fun and intriguing read and I can't wait to delve into the sequel.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Pokémon Go Book Tag


I am a massive Pokémon fan, from the anime, to the trading cards and of course the video games so when I saw this amazing book tag created by Read at Midnight I just knew I had to do it myself!


Pokémonwise, my first starter was actually Bulbasaur. I'm a sucker for anything cute, unfortunately the evolutions of all these Pokémon are more on the scary side!
Bookwise though, I think it would have to be a couple of the Enid Blyton series. I can't actually remember which one I read first, The Farway Tree, The Twins at St Claires, The Naughtiest Girl in School and the Malory Towers collection all hold a fond place in my heart.


Without a doubt this one has to be the Harry Potter series. It's a series that I grew up with and loved from the very first moment. The books did an amazing job of creating the magical world and when I didn't get my Hogwarts invite at eleven I was sorely disappointed. I've re-read the books countless times and always watch the movies every year when they start showing them for Christmas. 


This one is a toughie. A book being popular doesn't normally put me off but I think 50 Shades of Gray is a good answer for this one. It's not because it was popular that I hated it, it's because it was fricking awful. I purely read it for the sex scenes because that is what made it, but I found them to be lacklustre and not even that kinky. I had to force myself to finish it because I can't not finish a book I started, but boy that was a struggle and no way was I going back for books two and three. 


This is a toughie. I feel like during the massive dystopian phase that seemed to be spurred on by The Hunger Games a few years ago, everyone was trying to be the next dystopian masterpiece. I wasn't too bothered by it though because I love the genre and was happy to read all of the books. No single book/series particularly stands out to me, so I will just say Dystopian YA circa The Hunger Games era!


A Court of Thorns and Roses! The blurb sounds incredible and everyone has said how amazing A Court of Mist and Fury is but I've seen the size of that sucker, and the first one is no novella either so I'm pretty scared. I think I will get a few shorter books out of the way before I tackle these two, but I'm so excited I really can't wait to dig into them.
On a slight side note, most of my reading is actually done on a Kindle so a lot of the time I don't actually know the size of the book when I start, it has it's pros and cons!


Definitely The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert. I love James Herbert and this was the first book of his I've read. It's basically a haunted house story but I don't think I've ever been so scared by a book before, scary books are way worse than scary movies! I actually remember being in the bath and reading it and having to stop and put it down because I was convinced I could hear noises.


Not going to lie, I had to look up what OTP actually stands for, god I'm old! This is a toughie. Relationships don't really stick out to me too much so I'm just going to go down the very vanilla route and say Harry and Ginny, even though I don't actually think I liked the pairing that much when I first read about it, but now I'm older I appreciate it. 

Funnily enough I'm going to say Fan Girl. The actual pace of the book is actually quite slow and sweet, but I loved the book so much I couldn't put it down and ended up racing through it in a couple of days. It reignited my passion for reading after bit of a slump this year. 



Harry Potter obvs. From the films, to the play and everything they are doing on Pottermore, everything is always of such high quality that it is never a let down and I'm not ready yet too give up the magical world so I welcome anything they wish to produce with welcome arms.  


My nan bought me back a paperback book from when she went to America called Dorothy Must Die. I'm sure loads of you will have heard of it but basically I judged it by the title and thought it was just going to be bit of a naff retelling of the Wizard of Oz. It's more of a story set in the Oz universe after a lot of time has passed and I actually loved it and ended up whizzing through the rest of the series pretty quickly.


I can't believe I'm saying Harry Potter for a third time, but seriously I love that series. I've re-read it so many times and still love it. I am so excited for the Pottermore short stories too, I've preordered them all already.


Oh there are so many! Most of them are from publishers that are names after birds. The Puffin in Bloom children's editions are so swoon worthy, and last time I was in Waterstones they had a gorgeous set of classic books from Penguin, they had lovely patterns and were hard back, although I also like their pocket versions too! These books would be purely to stare at though, as they are not my normal read at all.


Rainbow Rowell! I have only read Fan Girl and Carry On so this may be bit of a bold statement to make but Fan Girl is one of the best books I have read in ages, and although I wasn't a huge fan of Carry On I still went ahead and bought all of her books at YALC because I love her writing style and I think I would prefer the rest of her work a lot more.


I'm not actually waiting on any prereleases at the moment, my current TBR is far too long (other than the Pottermore short stories but they don't count) so I think I will answer this question on behalf of a lot of other people and say the last Game of Thrones book. It's been delayed so many times, to be honest it wouldn't surprise me if it never gets finished to be honest because George RR Martin seems pretty content with the way of the TV series....

This is such a cool tag to do, thank you so much to Read at Midnight for creating such an inventive tag. I wasn't actually tagged to do it by anyone but I went ahead anyway so I am tagging anyone who is like me and just fancies doing a fun tag! 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Guest Post | 5 Pins for Book Lovers!

I am off traveling a lot for work this month so I asked my very good friend Chan from LikeCupCakeChan to guest post for me. Chan is a huge fan of pins and she has definitely got me hooked on them, or should I say pinned ;) Sorry, lame jokes aside here is Chan's top 5 pin picks for book lovers, and if you enjoyed this post make sure to check out her blog where she has a weekly pin post!

When Kelsey asked me to guest post for her book related blog I couldn't help but be excited! I've started collecting various enamel pins lately and I've seen so many awesome book related ones that I can't wait to share with you!

These pins are perfect to accessorize your jacket, backpack, shirts, pinafores or dungarees I've got pins on pretty much all of my clothing now so leaving the house without one would be a crime. I also plan ahead with pins so if I know there's a particular day or event coming up I will wear certain pin(s) on that day, it's pretty cool walking around in a fully themed outfit. 



Let's start off by a classic book pin, none other than Harry Potter. Perfect for Potter nerds! This pin is from Etsy seller JaneMount ( https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/263774793/book-pin-hp-1?ref=shop_home_feat_4 ) and is £8.69




If you're more of a comic book fan then check this pin out. It's also from Etsy and the seller is MightyPop ( https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/291738869/comic-book-enamel-pin-lapel-pin-hat-pin?ref=market )
and is only £6.50





I think this one speaks for itself.....
for £7.50








One of my favourite pin sellers is Punky pins ( http://www.punkypins.co.uk/The-Book-Was-Better-Enamel-Pin-p/ep103.htm )
and they have this super awesome The Book Was Better pin. This is my personal favourite because i've heard many of my bookworm friends say this!



Hopefully my guest post encouraged you to buy a pin and become a addict like me! I love to discuss pin collecting so feel free to contact me via Twitter or Instagram 

Monday, 15 August 2016

Book Review | A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern

A review of a step towards falling by Cammie McGovenrMy rating: 6/10
Published: August 11th 2016
Pages: 304
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Amazon | Goodreads | Book Depository

Emily, an American high school student who is a high achiever sees a classmate who is developmental disabilities be physically attacked at an American football match and instead of seeking help she freezes and runs away from the incident. She also see's one of the players, Lucas witness the attack too and assumes he is there to help, but unfortunately he makes the same mistake as Emily.

A Step Towards Falling is told from two point of views, Emily as she goes through her punishment for doing nothing to help Belinda, and Belinda as you see what it is like for someone with developmental disabilities to get over the attack and how they have both dealt with it as they are both nearing the end of their high school life and think about what else is out there after high school.

One thing I enjoyed about this book is reading Belinda;s parts of the book. It was quite heart breaking at times and I think Cammie did a good job of describing the different thought processes someone with a learning disability may have as they have difficulties comprehending certain situations. She also did a great job of showing the difference between how Emily thinks about Belinda's compared to what Belinda things of her behavior too.

Emily was also started of as being quite interesting too because she isn't the most likable of characters, although I'm not sure if this has been done on purpose or not. You also get the feeling that her friends aren't all they are cracked up to be too so you feel sorry for her for different reasons.

Unfortunately though, this book fell a little bit flat for me. It was perfectly nice, but it never really did anything to push the boundaries. The ending was also very predictable and although this book had some great realistic themes, the ending felt quite false and everything was wrapped up way too nicely which I didn't think fit the tone that the book was first trying to create.

This was a fine read though. There is nothing that wrong with it, but it just didn't stand out too much for me and in the end was just 'nice' and 'fine'. If you are interested in looking into developmental disabilities a bit more though this may be the book for you as it offered a great insight to a topic that isn't widely discussed.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Unboxing | August Illumicrate

picture of the August Illumicrate box

For those of you who haven't come across Illumicrate before, it is a YA monthly book subscription box, think along the lines of Owl Crate and you will get the picture, except Illumicrate is UK based so no super expensive postage fees, yay!

the graces august illumicrate

So this months box contained, two (YES TWO!!!) books. Lets start off with The Graces by Laure Eve. I hadn't heard of this book before but after reading the blurb I am sold on it, plus that cover is gorgeous!
The Graces are a group of witches that are meant to be very beautiful and glamorous. The story follows River, who like everyone else is obsessed with the Graces, as she looks into them more to see if they are really all they seem. Oh and this is a thriller, it sounds amazing!
Along with a copy of The Graces there is also a signed book plate, a lovely letter from the author herself and some super cute temporary tattoos. Did I mention that this book doesn't officially come out until September? Seriously Illumicrate is the shizz!

nevernight august illumicrate

The second book included in the box is a hardcover copy of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. This is a book that I have been lusting after after reading recent reviews on it, but it isn't actually out until the 13th of August, so another early book!!!

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her.
And they drink her fear.

Sounds amazing right? Also included to go with Nevernight is another signed book plate, and a lovely bookmark.

artwork and colouring pages from the august illumicrate

The crate also came packed with a lot of really gorgeous art work which I will need to find a way to use, maybe on my desk at work to brighten things up a bit? A couple of colouring in pages were included too which is fab because I know plenty of people love colouring, myself included. The two colouring pages are of quotes from Six of Crow and Grisha by Ashley Poston.

tote bag coaster and tea from august illumicrate

Lastly we have two beautiful coasters from the Harry Potter universe, I seriously love that artwork! Some Drink Me Strawberry Tea from Post Tea which smells incredible and I can't wait to try, a Gilmore Girls inspired tote bag and a bookmark with a discount code on.

This was my first month being subscribed to Illumicrate and I was seriously blown away with how amazing it is. I can't wait for next months and if you are interested in checking them out for yourselves check out the Illumicrate website.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Store Focus | Orbital Comics

The store front of Orbital Comics in London

Address: 8 Great Newsport Street, London, WC2H
Hours: 10:30am - 7pm Monday - Thursday, 10:30am - 7pm Friday - Saturday, 11:30 - 5pm Sunday
Book type sold: Graphic Novels
Website: Orbital Comics

Orbital Comics is my fiancés favourite comic book store in London, and if you have ever watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory it's exactly the way you would expect a comic book shop to look like.

As soon as you walk into the store the first things you see on display are this week's comics, followed by the weeks before and then anything older. Towards the back of the store there are loads of boxes filled with back issues of comics which are great for rifling through and the walls are lined with action figures and old rare comics too.

Although this store has a strong focus on the more traidition DC and Marvel comics, there is still a small section devoted to indie comics, and although it is small it still will have all the popular titles such as Saga, Rat Queens, The Wicked and The Divine, etc.

selection of photos inside the shop

The store also acts as a gallery too, and there is even a small side room dedicated towards children's graphic novels. This is quite possible my favourite part of the store because they have a whole shelf dedicated to cats! I didn't even know cat comics existed before visiting here so that was a very exciting discovery for me to make. 

I love Orbital Comics, the size of the shop is great and it's always busy without being overcrowded. My favourite thing about this store (besides the cat shelf) is the fact that the staff here are so lovely and friendly, they are always open to conversation. 

If you are near Piccadilly Circus / Leicester Square way you should definitely take a moment to visit Orbital Comics. There are lots of places to eat nearby and it's also surrounded by lots of other specialty book stores too making it the perfect location for a bookish day out.  

Monday, 8 August 2016

Book Review + Giveaway | The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

My rating: 8/10
Published: January 1st 2015
Pages: 353
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Amazon | Goodreads | Book Depository 

The Art of Being Normal focuses on two boys who each have a secret. David Piper is in year ten and is deemed a freak and an outsider by the rest of his year. Most people think he is gay, including his parents but the real truth is that he wants to be a girl, only his two best friends know this.

The second main character is Leo Denton. He is new to the school and is in year 11. Leo is trying to keep his head down and get on with the school year without kicking up much of a fuss, but this doesn't quite go to plan as he stands up for David against the school bully, both getting himself in trouble and sparking an unlikely friendship between himself and David.

I have to admit, I've never actually read anything with a transgender character before so I found this to be a very interesting read. It was equal parts heart warming, sad, upsetting and funny.

Going through secondary school is hard enough as it is, let alone when you are trying to conceal a secret and just get on with things. Although I've never had to deal with the issues that David is going through, Lisa Williamson has done a great job of getting us to understand what someone in that position is has to face, and I think for anyone who is having those sorts of feelings it would be quite relatable. 

thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found it to be quite eye opening. It's definitely encouraged  me to go out and read more books with a LGBT theme and for anyone else who is curious about the topic I think The Art of Being Normal is a great starting point. Definitely worth picking up.



Because I loved this book so much I am going to be giving away a brand new copy of The Art of Being Normal signed by Lisa Williamson! To enter all you have to do is fill in the form below. The giveaway will be open until the 22nd of August and is only open to UK residents. 

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

My Day at YALC

book wall

Last Friday I embarked on an hour long train ride across London to get to London Olympia all in the name of YALC. For those of you who haven't head or YALC before it stands for Young Adult Literature Convention and is the UKs only YA convention (at the moment, fingers crossed we get more!).

YALC is held from the Friday-Sunday at London Olympia, the same time as London Film and Comic Con happens which is great as you can visit both with a single ticket, although a dedicated YALC ticket allows you to use the YALC entrance which has a much shorter queue that the main convention queue.

waterstones stand

During YALC there are many amazing pannel talks with four authors, book signings and publisher stands filled with gorgeous books and most of them had plenty of samplers, swag and even an ARC or two!

panel area

I managed to to go to a couple of the panels and I found them incredibly interesting, but be warned if you get a place at the back as the sound really isn't good!

I got a few books signed, The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, One by Sarah Crossan and Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe. They were all incredibly lovely and it was so exciting to get to speak to them! I also saw Victoria Schwab hanging around the Waterstones stand but by the time I had worked up the courage to ask her to sign my copy of This Savage Song she had left and my back was hurting too much to stay for her official signing time.

publishers alley

There are also workshop areas and agent areas where budding writers can get advice. These workshops looked great but I didn't try any of them out as I'm more a blogger than a writer. As well as all of this there is also a lovely area by the book wall filled with deck chairs and bean bags for you to relax and have a read when you need bit of a break.

And now time for the haul!

samplers haul

First up is all the samples. I will actually be doing a separate post after I've read them all, doing a quick round up of if I think I will be purchasing them or not.

I know there were a lot more samplers available and I'm kind of gutted I didn't try and get them all because the ones I have read have been great and they are an awesome way to be introduced to a book you possibly may not have picked up. All the ones I picked up I actually spoke to the publishers about them which I think really helped sell the story to me because the publishers are so passionate about it.

book haul

And finally here are all the books I bought! I'm very glad I had my fiancé with me because even though we split the books between us it sill ended up hurting my back.

Faceless was the first book I picked up from the Chicken House stand. They have also published Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, I loved that book and apparently fans of URTS also like Faceless.

Next up I hit the Orion book stand. I wanted to purchase all the Rainbow Rowell books I don't have e-copies of, and as it was 2 for £10 so obviously I need to buy a 4th book. The lovely ladies on the stand recommended The Red Queen to me and it sounds fantastic, I can't wait to start it.

I picked up This Savage Song from the Waterstones stand when I saw Victoria Schwab loitering around there although I didn't quite manage to get her autograph but oh well at least I have an awesome book!

Lastly I hit up the Bloomsbury stand as I have heard so many things about A Court of Mist and Fury. I haven't read A Court of Thrones and Roses so I needed to get that too obviously and it was 3 books for £10 hence me picking up Crown of Midnight. Oh and my copy of A Court of Thrones and Roses is a signed first edition, how cool is that! 

YALC was amazing and I will definitely be going back next year. I only did the Friday this year and I'm quite glad as it was so chilled out and relaxed, the longest I had to wait in a queue was about 10 minutes but judging by the looks of the pictures from Saturday it was a lot busier than! That hasn't put me off though and I'm planning to be there for all three days next year!

Monday, 1 August 2016

Book Review | The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

My rating: 7/10
Published: July 14th 2016 (first published in 2005)
Pages: 256
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Amazon | Goodreads | Book Depository

Fifteen year old Ruby Oliver has lost her boyfriend, her best friends, her other good friends and has basically been ostracised by everyone at her school and deemed a slut. At the start of the book we know all of this, but we don't know the circumstances to turn everyone on Ruby.

The sequence of events that lead to Ruby becoming a 'lepar' (a term commonly used at the school she attends to describe an outcast) is told over the series of the book. Ruby has to start seeing a therapist as she has been having panic attacks as a result of these events. Her therapist suggests writing a list of all the boys in Ruby's life, hence the boyfriend list.

Ruby goes through the list describing her encounter with each of the boys, often skipping from her past to present day as she describes how each of them have affected her. 

E. Lockhart has proved once again what a great writer she is with this one and how different her writing style can be. As I mentioned this book skips from the past to present quite frequently and there are footnotes doted all over the place which really help give the feel that this is the stream of Ruby's consciousness as she writes down her series of events.

Although this book is not as shocking or as stand out as some other contemporary stuff that is around at the moment, it is still a great read, especially for the summer. When reading this I kept thinking of the film Mean Girls which is a brilliant film so if you are a fan of that sort of plot line then I think you would like The Boyfriend List.