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Submarine by Joe Dunthorne


Full of clever, unusual dialogue and credible characters, Joe Dunthorne has created a door into a teenager’s mind that is hilarious and at the same time neurotic. Oliver finds himself in some tricky situations and at times they have a dark twist, but the story is always believable and very well written. Fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Adrian Mole will love this coming-of-age story.

The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight by Jenny Valentine


The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight is the story of Chap, who assumes the identity of a missing teenager and in doing so unearths a series of shattering family secrets. The problem with taking on someone else’s life is that Chap knows nothing about the family he will become part of, and is unaware of the likes and dislikes of Cassiel and finds it increasingly difficult to take on the personality of the elusive teenager. The story is exciting with a number of twists and turns throughout and leaves you breathing a sigh of relief at the end.


Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey


This is the 4th  book from Alyxandra Harvey in the vampire love story series, The Drake Chronicles. It’s not just another vampire story however, as there are plenty of humorous moments between Lucy and her mother and during the dialogue between the Drake brothers, and the characters are all well rounded and the story skilfully written. There are also exciting plot twists during the story and the pace is relentless, but be prepared for a gripping cliffhanger ending which will leave you wanting more immediately.



Naked by Kevin Brooks


This is the story of fictitious 70’s punk band ‘Naked’ and its members Lili and Curtis. Lili’s voice is brilliantly realistic, based very much on Kevin Brooks’ own experiences of being in a band and he has put a lot of his own feelings into the character of Lili. The story has a great depth because of this and the storyline involving the IRA troubles in the 1970s adds to the realism of the book. There are a number of references to sex, drugs and rock & roll, and there is some violence, so this is not for younger readers.




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