EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART
The best friend, the girl next door, the workmate, the easy target. How many pieces can you break into before you come apart?
Five months after Freya disappears, her best friend Sophie receives a parcel. Inside she finds another layer, this time addressed to a total stranger. As a mysterious game of pass the parcel ensues, each person uncovers part f the truth about Freya – and each other.
No one writes the dynamics of teen friendship quite like Non Pratt – Lisa Williamson
“Behold the consequences of crossing a dark princess, a baby giraffe and sarcasm personified…”
Sometimes friends slip into your life as easily as puzzle pieces, even if they are very different from you. Such is the case for three mismatched college students: Susan (the cynic), Daisy (the innocent) and Esther (the goth). And it’s a good thing they’ve found one another, because in the giant adventure that is university, friends who have your back are key.
But even the best of friends can get distracted at times. When Esther starts chasing an intriguing fellow goth and Susan starts hiding from her ubiquitous ex-boyfriend, Daisy fends for herself by joining a mysterious yoga club. Sure, it’s a little, well, culty, but Daisy just wants to feel like she belongs…
Based on the hit comic series from BOOM! Studios.
…a rollicking grrrl-centered good time – Kirkus
FLOORED by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood
“So here we have them: the swot, the fraud, the dutiful daughter, the child star, the fangirl and the asshole.”
When they got in the lift they were strangers. Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means; Dawson, who used to be on TV, used to be handsome, and is sincerely hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it; and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but wants to be here the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.
…lively internal monologues and some good humour, which should appeal to its audience – Financial Times
SECOND BEST FRIEND
“It’s hard, loving someone so perfect. Your best friend… and the competition. The one person you’re always measured against.”
Jade has a near-perfect best friend in Becky – until a throwaway comment triggers a serious inferiority complex. How come Becky is better than her at everything? So, when life offers Jade the chance to come out top, she grabs it. But there are some popularity contests that you just can’t win …
…reflects the anxiety felt by a lot of teens both academically and socially – Shiftthezine
TRUTH OR DARE
“Isn’t the point of having money to make life better, even if that life isn’t yours?”
Claire hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it’s a risk she’s happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. Even if it means putting Claire’s love – and life – on the line.
The plot is superbly structured and builds up to a powerful, emotional punch of a climax. – The BookBag
“When we booked the Remix tickets, Ruby made it clear that hot boys were part of the plan – and not just for her…”
Kaz is reeling from being dumped by the love of her life. Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record: three days, two best mates, one music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.
I enjoyed Non Pratt’s debut, Trouble, and Remix is even better. – Telegraph
“I type so quickly that it takes a second attempt before Google asks me if I mean ‘pregnancy symptoms’. I suppose I do.”
Hannah is smart and funny. She’s also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is the new boy at school who doesn’t want to attract attention. So why does Aaron offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah’s unborn baby?
Pratt’s characters are rib-achingly funny, outrageous and entirely true to life… – Metro
“I never really believed it would come to this. Death was something that happened in other people’s stories. Not Millie’s. Not mine.”
Alix, Ben, Dean and Zara meet at their old school to keep a longstanding promise to open a memory box they left there when they were thirteen. But there is a gaping hole – their friend Millie has died. When they open the box, secrets tumble out and old feelings rise to the surface.
The emotions are intense, even as they are expressed in everyday language, and the characters convincing. – Sunday Times
GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST (short story from I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS)
“When we walk pass my old house I notice there’s still no wreath on the knocker, no fairy lights wrapped round the columns by the door or looped in the holly bush. No sign that anyone is looking forward to Christmas the way we used to. Makes me think they don’t deserve it.”
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is a collection of brand-new stories and poetry from the UK’s leading Young Adult authors on the theme of home. At least £1 from every copy will go directly to Crisis.
It deserves its place on bookshelves, but why not buy two copies? One to keep, one to give away. – lovereading4kids.co.uk.