3 Mini Reviews of Recent YA Reads

I’ve read a lot of thought-provoking books recently, so I decided to sum up my thoughts quickly for you! If you’ve read any of these titles I would love to hear your opinion in the comments. 

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Take Three Girls

Take Three Girls Review Paige's PagesAUTHORS: Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood, Simmone Howell
PUBLISHER: Pan Australia
RELEASE DATE
: August 29, 2017
GENRE
: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
PAGE COUNT
: 439
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Told from the alternating points of view of three Melbourne private school girls – each written by a different author – this book looks at the impacts of cyber bullying and the true meaning of friendship. Although cyber bullying is a dark topic, the overall vibe of this book is shiningly positive. I love how each of our narrators, Clem, Ady, and Kate, has a distinct voice and their own emotional journey. Their stories intertwine as they are lumped together for a Wellness class assignment. This unexpected friendship is an opportunity for the girls to question toxic relationships in their lives and rise up against the misogynistic attitudes in their school. This is an awesome book for teenaged feminists and school-leavers who are wondering what their future holds and who to share their deepest fears and dreams with. Take Three Girls tackles very current issues facing young women at the same time as being a feel-good read with memorable, realistic protagonists.

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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor and Park Review Paige's Pages

AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press
RELEASE DATE
: February 26, 2013
GENRE
: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
PAGE COUNT
: 328
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I can finally see why this book is so iconic and adored. Although it took me a little while to get into the story, I eventually invested my heart and soul in Eleanor. I fell in love with her as deeply as Park does, as much because of her flaws and vulnerability as her heart and strength. In my mind, Eleanor & Park is really Eleanor’s story – a realistically complicated girl carrying a lot of pain and pressure from her toxic home environment.  Her actions and emotions are believable, and I felt for her every step of the way.

Personally, this is the truest representation I have read of an abusive family environment. I appreciate that it wasn’t sugarcoated or romanticised, which would have totally misrepresented the circumstances’ complexity. The impact this environment has on Eleanor rings true, especially how it bleeds into all aspects of her life. Also, the bullying was a high-impact and realistic element of the story. Since there are many difficult topics in this book, I recommend reading with self-care in mind.

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The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood Review Paige's PagesAUTHOR: Melissa Albert
PUBLISHER: Penguin
RELEASE DATE
: January 30, 2018
GENRE
: Young Adult Fantasy
PAGE COUNT
: 328
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This new release starts out deliciously creepy. Our narrator, Alice, has never met her grandmother, the author of dark fairy tales that earned her a cult following. However, bad luck and her grandmother’s stories have haunted Alice all her life. I was drawn in by the sensory writing and originality of the fairy tales. If you love the Brothers Grimm, this book will tickle your fancy. Unfortunately the originality decreased as the plot progressed. The twists and reveals, although creative and action-packed, reminded me too much of the storyline of White Space (Dark Passages #1) by Ilsa J. Bick, which in my opinion was a stronger book. That said, if you haven’t read White Space and you want a quick fantasy read with an eerie undercurrent, you might just love The Hazel Wood to death.

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