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A gut-punching YA read that tackles consent, the audio book of Sherlock Holmes and the To All The Boys I've Loved Before trilogy

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A gut-punching YA read that tackles consent, the audio book of Sherlock Holmes and the To All The Boys I've Loved Before trilogy

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  • Elaine Robb is reading… ASKING FOR IT by Louise O’Neill

    I have an eight-year-old daughter who’s already looking forward to secondary school because she’ll finally get a phone and ‘be able to do Instagram, Mum’. I also have two teenage nieces who are experiencing the bitchiness of how many likes your photos get. In short, I’ve been dreading the mix of social media and puberty, and Asking For It not only confirmed what I suspected but also brought to the fore the age-old conundrum of boys being “players” but girls in short skirts are, yes, asking for it – but now with photo evidence and a “share” button at play. This is what happens to fictional 18-year-old Emma O’Donovan when she gets drunk at a party and the next day can’t remember what happened – except that photos are doing the rounds on Facebook. It’s a hard-hitting and gut-punching YA read and will open up necessary conversations around consent and double standards.
    • BUY Asking For It by Louise O'Neill on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

  • Lily Peschardt is listening to… Sherlock Holmes

    I’ve been listening to the audio book of Sherlock Holmes. Somehow, I never read Sherlock Holmes as a child and, to be honest, I’m almost grateful, because now I get to experience them for the first time in Stephen Fry’s velvety voice. There is something so mesmerising about listening to a book written 130 years ago and recognising the street names, the areas and the bustle of a city that, despite the odds, has stayed exactly the same.
    • LISTEN to Sherlock Holmes on Amazon.

  • EMILY BAKER IS READING… You by Caroline Kepnes

    I came across this book because it's been adapted into a TV series by Netflix – what can I say? I'm a true millennial. It's written from the point of Joe, a seemingly harmless indie boy who falls hopelessly in love with Beck when they meet in the bookshop he manages. Apart from Joe isn't "nice" at all. He's a stalker, who steals Beck's phone, breaks into her apartment – oh, and murders quite a few people. I'm not usually into thrillers, but I read this over Christmas and couldn't get it out of my head. As always, the book is better than the TV show, but since Netflix changed quite a few plot points, Kepnes's original works as a nice companion piece if you've already had a bingewatch.
    • BUY You by Caroline Kepnes on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

  • Caroline O’Donoghue is listening to… Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido

    I have this on audiobook and even though the reading is great, I genuinely regret not buying it in paperback. The writing is so gorgeous that I want to linger over every sentence, and have pressed "back 30 seconds" more times than I can count. It tells the story of Catherine, a first-year student who falls in with her professor's eccentric bougie family – namely, his two oldest sons, Roger and Jonathan. It's a perfect tale of "falling in love with a family" and doing anything you can to be in with them.
    • LISTEN OR BUY Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

  • IESHA THOMAS IS READING… TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE BY JENNY HAN

    I am a woman possessed. When the To All The Boys I've Loved Before film came out on Netflix I became hooked because, let's be honest, there have been no good coming-of-age movies since Easy A. The books are sweet, an easy read, but so addictive. It's about a girl, Lara Jean, who writes love letters to the boys she likes (does what it says on the tin). But then her letters mysteriously end up in the hands of the boys. And then she embarks on a fake relationship that leads her down twists and turns and learns to come out of her shell. The second book is somehow better than the first. There's drama, there's feminism. It's so great to see a YA novel that dives into being half-Korean and growing up without a mother. And, of course, navigating the mind-boggling world of young love. I couldn't put it down over the Christmas break, and have fallen even more in love with Peter Kavinsky. Who knew that was possible?
    • BUY To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

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