NON SPOILER REVIEW: The Thousandth Floor By Katharine McGee 5/5 Stars|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER REVIEW: The Thousandth Floor By Katharine McGee 5/5 Stars

TITLE: The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)

AUTHOR: Katharine McGee

PUBLISHING DETAILS: (UK) 30th Aug 2016

PAGES: 437 

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis

Set in the year 2118 New York is all within The Thousandth Floor Tower. The richest live near the top and the poor towards the bottom. The story follows 5 teen characters in a web of lies and secrets. The prologue begins with a girl falling off the tower and then flashbacks 2 months earlier to everything leading up to her fall whilst you’re left guessing who was the one who died.  

Writing Style:

The book is written following 5 different characters in third person narrative It was easy to follow and consisted on about 5 pages per chapter with a different perspective in every chapter. 

Character Development:

There was a lot of character development in this book. I found myself getting very attached to all 5 of the main characters. I does seem like a lot of characters but you get attached really quick. We get to see all the characters develop as they go through difficulties in their lives. Katharine McGee definitely adds a quirky and unique style to each character allowing their voices to stand out.

Themes:

Sci-Fi/ Dystopia: This book is set about 100 years into the future and we get to see so much new and cool tech explored. It has a slight dystopia feel to it although it doesn’t have the main tropes of a dystopia novel. It doesn’t have the evil dictatorship government but there is a huge difference between the poor and rich. 

Mystery: There’s a huge mystery element in this book and I think that’s what drives the story mainly. There’s just so much drama that keeps you hooked all the time.

Mental Health: Mental health is an underlying theme explored through the character of Leda. We get to see her after rehab and how the effects of her drug addiction really mess with her mind. 

Overall Thoughts:

This was a really different type of book genre for me but I loved it. Katharine McGee has done really well for her debut. Can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy. 

Top Quote:

“Apologies mean nothing when the person you trust the most has been lying to you your whole life” 

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Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

tonightNON SPOILER: Tonight The Streets Are Ours By Leila Sales 5/5 Stars

TITLE: TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS

AUTHOR: LEILA SALES

PUBLISHING DETAILS: September 24th 2015 by Macmillan Children’s Books (UK)

PAGES: 344     STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

NOTES: Leila Sales is an American Author. She is has written many adult novels as well as her other YA novel This Song Will Save Your Life.


SYNOPSIS:

‘Tonight The Streets Are Ours’ follows Arden who is always been labelled as recklessly loyal. She is always there to support her loved ones in times of need but doesn’t seem to be getting any appreciation or love back. One night when Arden’s limits are crossed she and her best friend Lindsey go on a wild road trip to New York in search of a blogger Peter who’s blog Tonight The Streets Are Ours really captures Arden and her feelings, but when she meets Peter things aren’t quite as they seemed online.


WRITING STYLE:

Leila Sales writes this novel in third person perspective. It switched from present to past tense between chapters allowing you to get and a deeper understanding of the characters and the plot. This style was definitely different but really fun and enjoyable. The epilogue is written in first person perspective from Arden herself, as she talks about her future a while after the events in the book. The writing was really fun quirky and easy to follow yet deep and meaningful.


CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

Character development plays a huge role in this novel. We really get to see Arden realise that the world isn’t perfect and not everybody is as loving as herself. She not only recognises this but allows herself to let loose a little on taking responsibility of people lives she is able to learn the true meaning of happiness.


THEMES:

I think this novel is mainly a coming of age novel as Arden explores the real world and also realises where her priorities really lie in life.

Also I think friendship in embedded nicely with the novel. I really did love Lindsey and Arden’s unbreakable friendship.

Romance doesn’t essentially play a huge part within the novel although the book starts with: “Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story. If it wasn’t, what would be the point?” I think love is explored but not necessarily romantic love but love for the people around you and the world in general.


OVERALL THOUGHTS:

Tonight The Streets Are Ours is a lovely heart-warming read. I absolutely didn’t expect the ending to end how it did but looking back I think it was perfect. It really shows how people you may consider as insignificant can have a huge impact on your life. I would really recommend this book to anyone looking a nice sweet story about general teenage life.


TOP QUOTES:

  • “But that’s the thing: when you swear to take someone’s side no matter what, sometimes you have to go to war for them.”
  • “Maybe loving somebody means simply they bring out the best in you, and you bring out the best in them – so that together, you are always the best possible versions of yourselves.”
  • “Hurting people, really, deeply hurting them – that isn’t something you do on purpose. It’s just a by-product of living.”

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Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER: Beautiful Broken Things By Sara Barnard 5/5 Stars

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TITLE: BEAUTIFUL BROKEN THINGS

AUTHOR: SARA BARNARD

PUBLISHING DETAILS: February 25th 2016 by Macmillan Children’s Books (UK)

PAGES: 322

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

NOTES: This is Sara Barnard’s Debut Novel. She is currently working on her second novel A Quiet Kind Of Thunder.


Synopsis:

Set in Brighton, England, Beautiful Broken Things is a story that follows the friendship between 3 High School girls; Caddy, Rosie and Suzanne. What will happen to Caddy and Rosie’s friendship when new girl Suzanne moves in? This book is intense and will defo trigger all the feels.


Writing Style:

I loved the writing style for this book. Is split into three sections. Before, When and After. The book follows the whole school year of Year 11. The writing was simple and easy to follow. There were also parts in text message and email format which I always love in a book making it so much fun and enjoyable.


Character Development:

Throughout the novel we really see Caddy develop as a character she has just turned 16 and wants to be more noticed and popular like other girls. We see her discover the real important things in life throughout the novel and also as she comes out of her comfort zone to take risks.

Suzanne also develops in the novel as she learns to accept help and take control over her life.


Themes:

The main theme would obviously be friendship. We see such strong bonds between the three girls. This book doesn’t have any romance which is nice for a change as it focuses on important aspects of teen life.

Mental health is also a major theme in the novel and Sara Barnard really addresses both themes amazingly


Overall thoughts:

I absolutely loved this novel. It was so simple and fun yet emotional at the same time. It is definitely different to other novels about coming of age out there. I feel Sara Barnard has definitely captured teenage life perfectly.


Top Quote:

“But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.”
Sara Barnard, Beautiful Broken Things


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