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Book Review- the Matched series by Ally Condle

I was bored in the library the other day (if that’s possible!) between exams and picked this series up by chance because I liked the minimalistic covers and checked out all 3 at once.

As I said above, I’d never heard of this series before, although a lot of my friends have read it and loved it which is surprising as they are so picky and clashing interests, but I felt as I was reading that I already knew the story. The first book is called Matched and follows the story of Cassia. I really enjoyed this it was gripping and at some points sad (which was embarrassing as I started crying in public!) but this was definitely my favourite book in the series. Book 2, Crossed, was the least interesting in my opinion. I could tell what was going to happen from the beginning which was disappointing… Book 3 is OK. Book 2 was from 2 POVs and book 3 is from 3. I don’t really like this although I can tell it was done to tell more parts of the story. I’d have preferred it from just Cassia’s POV. It left me with a lot of questions unanswered which I wanted to know…
The concept of the storyline is very good and left me and my friends discussing what our lives would be like if we lived in a place where every single aspect of our lives was controlled by a government. Definitely something to think about and I’m so glad we don’t!

Stars:**

Let me know if you have read this series and what you thought down below…

P.S while I was writing this I was listening to a playlist of Christina Grimmie’s best songs. I am truly upset by the deaths of her and all those pointless deaths in Orlando. PLEASE WORLD CAN’T WE HAVE PEACE???

xxx

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Book Review – Notes on being Teenage by Rosalind Jana

I spent my leftover Christmas money on this. I ordered it the day before it was released and spent more money on next-day delivery than I did on the book and rushed home as soon as I could to read it only to find it wasn’t going to arrive for another WHOLE DAY!! Amazon have given me a refund for the delivery which is good 🙂

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Now I’ve got around to reading it and its really good. It’s far more autobiographical than I had expected as I’d thought it would be full of tips but that means you read the words a lot more than if  it was just bullet points. Rosalind Jana prides herself in interviewing over 50 teens in the lead up to publishing her book but in my opinion, the interviews weren’t necessary. They just seem to repeat exactly what she said but in italics with a name at the bottom. One of the best bits of the book is that the author is ONLY 21. She gets us. However before I knew this, I thought she was so much older (NO OFFENCE!). I’d never heard of her before but have since read her blog and checked out ther Instagram. The whole book is made up of personal essays on all sorts of topics and I’m so glad I found it. While it doesn’t teach me to apply make up like I originally thought it would, it gives me confidence and has inspired me to write this blog.
If truth be told, I haven’t quite reached the end but I was so blown away by the rest of the book I was desperate to post my review I didn’t think that would matter… If the ending is sooo terrible and I hate it I’ll let you know…Jokes.

Stars:*****

See you here shortly,

xxx

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My top song right now

Music isn’t really, really important to me but at the moment I’m really into it as I’ve been listening to it while studying.

Not all of my favourite songs atm are recent and some are quite cliche. They’re all songs that make me feel good and like dancing.

  • Lot to Learn by Luke Christopher
  • ‘Love me like you do’ as sung by Ellie Goulding
  • King by Years & Years
  • Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor
  • Stitches by Shawn Mendes
  • ‘Don’t worry Child’ by Swedish House Mafia
  • Love on top by Beyonce
  • Fight song by Rachel Platten
  • Lush Life by Zara Larsson
  • Cheap Thrills by Sia
  • Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray
  • Photograph by Ed Sheeran
  • Better when I’m Dancin’ by Meghan Trainor
  • All of Me by John Legend
  • Let it go from Frozen
Also I cannot stop listening to Grace Van Der Waal on ‘America’s got Talent’. Watch her audition if you haven’t already.
Comment your favourite songs atm below for me to check out,
xxx
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Get to know me…

Hello,
I realised that my other post didn’t give you much detail about me and so I wanted to let you get to know me more… I borrowed this from someone else’s blog but I can’t remember who…. However credits to whoever it was!
1. Are you named after anyone? My mum said that she named me after one of the girls in her year at school because she always liked the name ‘Kate’ however when she met up with this girl more recently, she discovered that the girl was almost never called Kate and mostly Katie. My full name is Katherine because they wanted me to have different options on what I could be called.
2. When was the last time you cried? I find myself so wimpy! I cry all the time… Last time I cried was last night because my mum told me I would fail my oboe exam if I didn’t do something more. See! I told you I cry for no reason!
3. Do you have kids? No.
4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? I don’t think I would because I know I’m a terrible friend… I can keep secrets but everyone says I can’t. I talk too much and am very ugly. I definitely wouldn’t be my own friend…
5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?    No because I only think of the sarcasm after I’ve responded non-sarcastically. The one time I had an amazing sarcastic response, I said it to one of the really sensitive girls in my year and she started crying…:/
6. Will you ever bungee-jump? I wouldn’t do it anytime soon but I think if I had a good enough cause I would… I would prefer to bungee-jump than skydive, I think. My cousin has bungee-jumped and she says while it is very scary, it was one of the best experiences of her life.
7. What’s your favorite cereal? Cheerios. They’re the only thing I will eat for breakfast other than fruit.
8. What’s the first thing you notice about people? Their skin. I know I shouldn’t especially as I have terrible skin but it is what I notice. I struggle to make eye contact so the next thing is probably their shoes…
9. What is your eye colour? Boring blue.
10. Scary movie or happy endings? Happy endings. Scary movies give me nightmares unless I watch them while cuddling someone.
11. Favorite smells? Petrol, cut grass, pasta and mangoes.
12. Summer or winter? Summer because here in the UK it is basically endless winter!
13. Computer or television? Computer. I’m not an avid TV watcher just because I have never got into it.
14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? Jordan. I went on a joint trip to Jordan and Israel last October. 
15. Do you have any special talents? No. I like reading and writing and I have my scuba diving qualification.
16. Where were you born? Oxford in England
17. What are your hobbies? Rowing, playing the oboe, reading, writing, singing (I’m terrible!!), checking social media…
18. Do you have any pets? Yes, I have 2 dogs, 7 budgies, 2 Java sparrows, 4 fish, 2 goats, 1 pig, 18 sheep, 9 alpacas, 14 ducks, 2 geese, 2 rabbits and any day now, ducklings.
19. Favorite movie? TFIOS or mean girls. ooo, or Pitch perfect /2.
20. Do you have any siblings? An incredibly annoying younger brother!
21. What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a vet who writes books in her spare time with several children.
I hope you enjoyed this and know me better,
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xxx 
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Book Review- Changers by T. Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper

First post is a book review! I read this book a few weeks ago and loved it!

On the night before Ethan’s first day of school he changes into a blonde, pretty girl called Drew. He/she discovers how different life is as a girl.
I love this book so much because it shows how much harder being a girl is than being a boy. The friendships, bodily stuff and how they are seen by other people. What really surprised my mum when I was talking to her about this book was that it is written by a husband and wife duo. She was surprised but I think that it’s amazing!
The one thing I struggled with understanding was the age as in my mind the characters were a lot older than it said they were and I feel it would’ve worked better if they were a few years older but I really loved this book.
Stars- ****
My friend recently received book 2 of this series for her birthday and she lent it to me for a break. I read the first few chapters in that time and we both agreed for a sequel it was good but it wasn’t as good as the first. Of course, this is just first impressions but that’s what I thought. The second book studies racism whilst the first studies differences in genders.
See you again soon,
xxx