Ever since I was little I really enjoyed reading. When I first started reading it was from a newspaper that my grandfather used to buy everyday. Then I moved on to magazines and when I started school at seven years old, I was probably one of the few children in class that knew how to read. Now I wish I had more time to lose myself in a book and read it cover to cover in one sitting. When I heard that the Zoella Book Club was coming back at WHSmith I had to get my hands on all the titles, especially since some of them were already on my reading list.
I decided to buy the entire bundle in one go, saving myself a lot of money. There are eight books in the collection and I would say that the genres are very diverse: there’s romance, comedy, horror or fantasy and all of them would make a great page-turner for any young adult. The book club is spread over 16 weeks and every two weeks a different book is in the spotlight. Even if I’m quite far behind, I am trying to read the books in order so fingers crossed I stick to it. Also, the books have exclusive covers which are all really pretty and colourful.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
The first book of the bundle and the one that I’m currently reading, If I Was Your Girl addresses such an important topic in today’s society- being transgender. This is a great read, very honest and inspiring. The author made it so easy to feel as though you relate to the main character, Amanda. I think this is an amazing pick that not only allows us to understand and learn more about a sensitive topic but also to get the courage to be the person you want to be.
Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
Described as ‘deliciously creepy’ I think it would have been more fitting to read this book around Halloween time. I missed on that but it was probably for the best because Frozen Charlotte is spooky enough. The story involves creepy stuff such as dolls and ouija boards and it’s full of plot twists, suspense and mystery. The horror vibes are real in this one! No wonder there’s a warning on the back cover saying that the book is not appropriate for young readers.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Another important topic is being brought up in this book- suicide. A blend of tragedy, mystery and romance, the book follows 18 year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend’s suicide. The journey sends Cody on a path of self-discovery and makes her question Meg and their relationship as well as her own understanding of live and love. I am looking forward to reading this book as I have seen so many good reviews. It’s interesting to see how a Young Adult novel tackles topics such as mental health, grief or drugs.
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Yup…a Christmas book in the Zoella Autumn Book Club and by the time I get to read this Christmas might be long gone. The storyline of this book somehow reminds me of ‘How the Grinch stole Christmas’ even though it’s nothing like that. When Lily’s grandfather gets ill, it seems like she has fallen out of love with life. Dash, Lily’s boyfriend teams up with her friends and family, who only have twelve days to get Lily’s groove back in time for Christmas. I hope this has a happy ending!
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness wrote this novel based on the initial outline of some notes left behind by the late author Siobhan Dowd. It is a raw story of fear, truth, pain and death. Thirteen year-old Conor has the same dream every night ever since his mother fell ill and she started her treatments that don’t quite work. When he wakes up one night he sees a visitor at his window. The so called monster starts telling stories and demands the truth from Conor. But what truth does the monster want the boy to confront?
Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman
The Zoella book club made me discover so many new and incredible authors and Sue Wallman is one of them. This is her debut novel and it follows Skye, a girl who is sent to a camp for bereaved teens after her sister dies in a tragic accident. Camp doesn’t seem so bad until Skye starts to receive messages from someone claiming to be hear dead sister so she decides that it’s time to confront the past. Grief, murder and bullying are some of the key themes of this book which will get you hooked.
The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon
Finally something more romantic in the Zoella Book Club. In this story we are introduced to triplets: Phoebe, Eliza and Rose, very different girls who have one thing in common. A guy named Angus, the one they all fell in love with. It’s a story of love and sibling rivalry told from the perspective of each of the three girls. Feelings about Angus, relationship with their family and their differences as sisters are all going to be revealed.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
This is a book that I’ve been wanting to read for ages because it addresses another important topic that a lot of readers can relate to- anxiety. The main character, Audrey can’t leave the house and she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house. This is until her brother’s friend comes into her life and helps Audrey find her way back to the real world. With Linus by her side, she feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary.
Have you read any of the titles above? What is your favourite book? If you need some more inspiration for your next reads, I posted a reading list a few months ago, which you can check out here
! And if you’re interested in the Zoella Book Club bundle you can get it here