YA Review: Thorn

Title: ThornAuthor: Intisar KhananiEdition: PaperbackRating: 4/5 Reluctant princess Alyrra is on her way to an arranged marriage in a neighbouring kingdom when she is given an unexpected chance to escape. Her mother expects her to involve herself in the politics and intrigues of her new home, and to happily marry a man she’s never met. …

YA Review: If You Still Recognise Me

Title: If You Still Recognise MeAuthor: Cynthia SoEdition: PaperbackRating: 4/5 This is a lovely, quiet, undramatic LGBTQ+ romance full of friendship, family relationships, and the dangers of coming out to people who might not understand. Elsie is finishing her A-level exams, and looking forward to a summer of freedom and adventure before university. She has …

YA Review: Junk

Title: JunkAuthor: Melvin BurgessEdition: PaperbackRating: 4/5 First published in 1996, Junk caused outrage with its candid depiction of heroin use in a book written for teenagers. A recent BBC radio interview with the author prompted me to order the 25th anniversary edition of the book, and find out what the fuss was about. Set in …