Meet our Broadmeadows team as they go under our QBD Spotlight for the first time!
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll:
This story began with a well-to-do, ambitious, self absorbed character that I absolutely could not relate to. I was into the first chapter and almost put the book down... But there was just something intriguing about TiFani FaNelli and I needed to know why was she this way.
As I read further, I found her personality and behaviour in everyday life revolved completely around how others perceived her, she would say something to someone just to illicit a particular reaction, then smile at someone, or be rude to someone, or dress a particular way to get another specific reaction. Ani (as she had re-named herself) was a complete lie, a facade, someone she had invented so no one could she was anything except exactly what she wanted them to. For someone who wants to have complete control of every little facet of her life, she really has lost all sense of self.
How did she become like this?
Why Has she changed her name and made her whole life a performance?
What will happen when the truth comes out?
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig:
“Reasons To Stay Alive” is my favourite book of all time. Matt Haig’s writing style is rare. He has been through the battlefield of mental illness, stigma and criticism. Instead of being a typical Depression selfhelp book, Matt has told his story with a comedic voice to make it relatable. You will be laughing and crying at the truthfulness found in this masterpiece. By the last page you will have an alternative thought process to living well with a mental illness. I cannot recommed it enough for anyone suffering from Chronic Illness, Depression or Anxiety. - Cassandra
This is a decent starting point for anyone looking to just start getting into Pokémon but it is lacking some details. For each Pokémon up to 6th Generation (out of 7) it has Pokédex entries, their typing, which region they're from, and some moves it can learn but lack Pokédex numbers, stats and abilities of Pokémon, and doesn't explain how the typings interact. It does have the pronunciation of Pokémon's names though which can be a point of conjecture.
All in all, a decent first step but will find lacking at any step afterwards except for pronunciations. - Nathan
Grimm's Complete Fairy Talesby Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm:
These classic fairy tales are short and sweet. The perfect short distraction or before bed read. As the foundation for many of our entertaining stories today, these tales are bound to entertain and creep you out, just a little. A beautiful story, with a life lesson and a touch of evil. Definitely worth a read. - Sam-Maree
Queens Of Geekby Jen Wilde:
I loved Queens of Geek. It’s a fun but emotional read that is for every pop cultural fan. It explores the notion of friendship and relationships. It’s about falling in love and letting yourself love. It’s about stepping out of that bubble and letting yourself be free. With beautiful friendships and romance, this book is one for everyone. - Angelique
The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas:
The Hate U Give is a brilliant and powerful story. It’s heartbreaking, poignant and so so true. It’s a book that everyone should read, and understand. The Hate U Give explores family, friendship and what is right. I wanted to cry, scream and hurt. So I beg you please pick up this book, read it, take it in and understand. - Angelique
Everything, Everythingby Nicola Yoon:
Nicola Yoon takes people on a crazy and emotional rollercoaster with her first novel Everything, Everything. Yoon's novel isn't just your ordinary forbidden love story with the predicable "sick teen" plot. Everything, Everything is a beautiful love story that you will make you unable to put down, and will leave you smiling, chuckling to then crying and massive shock. - Stacey
Wombat Stewby Marcia K Vaughan:
With fun and engaging rhythm, rhyme and repetition, Wombat Stew is an Aussie classic that will have you and your little wombats giggling and singing along as all the clever Aussie animals work together to save the wombat from the cooking pot, and make sure the sly old dingo gets what's coming to him! - Jessica
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