In My Basket: July 2016

Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale

When Rosie Kenning's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntingdon's disease, her whole world falls apart. Not only does Rosie desperately miss her mum, but she now has to deal with the fact she could have inherited the fatal illness herself. Until she discovers Trudie wasn't her biological mother at all... Is she grieving for a mother who wasn't even hers to lose? And if Trudie wasn't her mother, who is?

As Rosie delves into her past to discover who she really is, she is faced with a heartbreaking dilemma - to continue living a lie, or to reveal a truth that will shatter the lives of everyone around her... (from Amazon).

This was released in 2012, I think, and since then it's always been in the background of my head to read it. There's something about the cover and the subject matter that really draws me in. 


The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he's gay. The school bully thinks he's a freak. Only his two best friends know the truth - David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school, Leo Denton has one goal - to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School, secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long... (from Amazon).

Books about gender and sexual identity are really becoming my new thing, it seems. Once upon a time, it was vampires, so I think I've grown up a little. This sounds good, though. Can't wait. 



We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Before Ardor, we let ourselves be defined by labels - the athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever. But then we all looked up and everything changed. They said the asteroid would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we'd been, something that would last even after the end. Two months to really live (from Amazon).

This is a book I'm not too sure about, having heard mixed reviews. But I like the idea Earth could be destroyed. There's no certainty in the book that the asteroid will definitely hit Earth, but people prepare for the end just in case. I'm hoping for a really grounded look at accepting the end of the world.



Faceless by Alyssa Shienmel 

When Maisie is struck by lightning, her face is partially destroyed. She's lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can't even recognise yourself anymore? 

She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student...a normal girl. Now, after a single freak accident, all that has changed. As Maisie discovers how much her looks did and didn't shape her relationship with the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what 'lucky' really means (from Amazon).

Again, this choice is a bit of a wild card cause different people have been telling me different things. So I've decided to read it for myself, and make up my own mind. It does sound like it challenges the concept of beauty, of defining yourself on how you look. I would love it to be good. 


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