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QBD Reviews: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill


I absolutely LOVED this book. Okay, when I say loved, it didn't make me happy. Only Ever Yours explores some common themes that are relevant to some teenage girls today. I really enjoyed this book because these themes helped me to connect with the main character. I just felt as though I understood her, and her feelings and thoughts. It's like I was her and, honestly, I haven't felt this way about a book for a long time.

I didn't want to put this book down, though towards the end I wanted to halt Freida's life so her unfortunate ending didn't come. But at the same time, I wanted to finish. And though the ending was sad, I honestly couldn't see it ending any other way.

Only Ever Yours is a terrific story. I loved it and would definitely read it again. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different. It is unlike anything I've read before.

And here is a synopsis (the characters names are supposed to be written without capitals):
Frieda and Isabel have been best friends their whole lives.

Now, aged sixteen and in their final year at the School, they expect to be selected as companions - wives to wealthy and powerful men. The alternative - life as a concubine - is too horrible to contemplate.

But as the intensity of the final year takes hold, the pressure to remain perfect becomes almost unbearable. Isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty - her only asset - in peril.

And then, the boy arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Frieda must fight for her future - even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known...

~Steph, QBD Strathpine

QBD Reviews: Everyday by David Levithan


“I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”

Everyday was one of the most interesting books I've read. It pulled me in from the first page and has been my benchmark for Young Adult Fiction ever since. The plot follows 'A', a gender-less and identity-less character who inhabits a different person's body everyday. (get it, because of the title?) 'A' must live that person's life for 24 hours; go to their school, talk to their parents, do their jobs, and leave at 12am without making any changes that go against their individual character. However, everything changes when 'A' spends a day as Justin, a rebellious, bratty teenager, and falls in love with his beautiful, spirited girlfriend, Rhiannon.

With all the teen 'do-anything-to-get-the-one-you-love' romance aside, this novel is about humans. All kinds. It really encapsulates the true meaning of being a human; that is, wanting to find that connection with another person, whether it be romantic or in a friendship. Levithan's story is poignant and different to anything I've read. A must read for anyone who loves John Green. Actually, a must read for humans.

~Emily, QBD Woodgrove

QBD Reviews: The Boy in the Book by Nathan Penlington


It still brings shivers down my spine when I remember this is a true story.
Remember those “choose your own adventure” books you could collect as kids, and do exactly that, make the story into your own and decide your own path? There’s an old sense of adventure and possibility waiting to be captured. Nathan Penlington buys 106 books from the original series in second hand in hope of finding hope through a downward spiral in his adulthood, but what he uncovers in these books will turn into something beyond himself.

Discovering a sub story of dark thoughts from a 15 year old boy who originally owned the serious, Penlington becomes fixated and wants to find contact with this boy, to discover what happened to him. This read is quirky, compelling and will make you laugh, cry and sob.