Friday Finds

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Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by A Daily Rhythm in which we share books we’ve recently added to our tbr:).

I’m doing this week’s Friday Finds early as I’ll be away tomorrow and over the weekend. A little weekend away with my boyfriend, should be lovely 🙂

So, Here are four books I’ve added to my tbr lately!!

 

1)

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

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Summary:

Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbour, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.

Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…

Why I want to read it:

I simply enjoy these kinds of in-love-with-oblivious-best-friend-who-dates-girls-and-therefore-is-probably-not-interested-even-if-they-weren’t-oblivious books, especially when there’s always the possibility of a WELL, NO, THEY SECRETLY LIKE BOYS, TOO storyline developing. I like LGBT themes and I like romance, even of the unrequited kind. Gideon sounds like a cool character to follow around for the length of a book :). Plus, the blurb mentions Lord of the Rings, so it can’t be a terrible book, right?

2)

Anything That Isn’t This by Chris Priestly 

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Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Frank Palp lives in a grim little apartment, in a grim little building, in an exceedingly grim (and rather large) city. Cobbled streets and near-destroyed bridges lead one through Old Town and Old New Town, and war-damaged houses stand alongside post-war characterless, concrete hutches. Most people walk hunched over, a habit from avoiding snipers, but others are proud to stand tall and make the world take notice . . . This is a city full of contradictions, and Frank is no exception.

He mostly hates his life, he definitely hates the ludicrous city he is forced to live in and he absolutely with complete certainty hates the idiots he’s surrounded by . . . and yet he is in love. A love so pure and sparkling and colourful, Frank feels sure it is ‘meant to be’. His love is a reward for all the terrible grey that he is surrounded by – which would be great, if the girl in question knew he existed. And then one day, the perfect sign lands in his lap. A message, in a bottle. A wish, for ‘anything that isn’t this’. The girl who wrote this is surely his soulmate – and now he just needs to find her.

Why I want to read it:

This book sounds so good! I just can’t help it, I love books about lost teens trying to find their way in the world, and I love it when their way involves their soulmate, etc, etc. I think this book will be a great read. It looks like it has a lot of depth, more than the blurb lets on, and that it’d probably also be quite funny. Definitely intrigued by this one!

3)

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence 

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Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Marlon has promised his widowed mum that he’ll be good, and nothing like his gang-leader brother Andre. It’s easy when you keep yourself to yourself, listening to your dead dad’s Earth, Wind and Fire albums and watching sci-fi. But everything changes when Marlon’s first date with the beautiful Sonya ends in tragedy; he becomes a hunted man and he has no idea why. With his dad dead and his brother helpless, Marlon has little choice but to enter Andre’s old world of guns, knives and drug runs in order to uncover the truth and protect those close to him. It’s time to fight to be the last man standing. 

Why I want to read it:

It sounds a bit like a modern version of A Clockwork Orange (and not just because of the title). I love the look and sound of this book. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how everything pans out for Marlon in the land of violence, drugs and tragedy. Sounds pretty tragic!!

4)

Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn 

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Summary:

When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family’s California vineyard estate. Here, she’s meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she’s meant to do a lot of things. But it’s hard. She’s bored. And when Sadie’s bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.

Emerson Tate’s a poor boy living in a rich town, with his widowed mother and strange, haunted little brother. All he wants his senior year is to play basketball and make something happen with the girl of his dreams. That’s why Emerson’s not happy Sadie’s back. An old childhood friend, she knows his worst secrets. The things he longs to forget. The things she won’t ever let him.

Haunted is a good word for fifteen-year-old Miles Tate. Miles can see the future, after all. And he knows his vision of tragic violence at his school will come true, because his visions always do. That’s what he tells the new girl in town. The one who listens to him. The one who recognizes the darkness in his past.

But can Miles stop the violence? Or has the future already been written? Maybe tragedy is his destiny. Maybe it’s all of theirs.

Why I want to read it:

This book looks fascinating with a really interesting little group of characters at it’s core. I’ve read a few conflicting reviews on this book already, so I’m very interested to find out how I feel about it when I read it! Plus, the cover is so beautiful!!!

Well, that’s it from me this week. What have you added to your tbr? Have you now added any of these? 🙂

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