Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper is a gentle coming of age story, with characters exploring themes of friendship, love, sexuality, gender and mental illness. The story centres around two boys who meet at school: the highly-strung, openly gay Charlie, and easy-going, sporty Nick. Heartstopper is sweet without being sickly sweet. It’s fun and heartwarming, while still feeling … Continue reading Heartstopper

The Fowl Twins

Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl novels were a fixture during my childhood and teen years. I revisited the stories again in my twenties, introducing my partner to the adventures of Artemis, Butler, Holly, Foaly, Mulch and the rest of the crew. It was such a joy on long drives to listen to the audiobooks. And now, … Continue reading The Fowl Twins

The Secret Commonwealth

Philip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth is the second volume of the Book of Dust. Lyra Silvertongue has grown up and lost her sense of adventure and imagination, attributes that once defined her. La Belle Sauvage, the first volume of the Book of Dust, followed baby Lyra and young Malcolm. His Dark Materials – the original … Continue reading The Secret Commonwealth

What If It’s Us

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera co-authored What If It’s Us; a cute, gay romance with some diverse and realistic characters bursting with personality. Ben is broken-hearted and stuck in summer school. Arthur is interning at his mother’s office and in love with everything New York. After a chance encounter at the post office the boys … Continue reading What If It’s Us

Carry On and Wayward Son

Rainbow Rowell’s Simon Snow series is magical, charming, hilarious, heart-warming, and just tremendous fun. Now, I’m wary of spoilering so I won’t summarise the story, but instead present the blurb from Carry On – it sets the scene and the tone so well: Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s … Continue reading Carry On and Wayward Son