Book Review: Junk by Melvin Burgess

Book Review: Junk by Melvin Burgess

Hey guys!

I read Melvin Burgess’ book, Junk ages ago and wanted to share my thoughts about the book.

About Junk

Junk is a book about a group of teens who get caught up in all sorts of dodgy dealings, from drugs, to stealing to even prostitution. Two teens run away, Gemma who is loud and confident, and Tar, shy and quiet. They fall in and out of love and we see their lives unravel through the years.

Review

I thought Junk was incredibly clever and well written. It is written in first person and has lots of the characters’ opinions and view points in. It was a book that needed to be written. We see how easy it is to get into drugs, smoking, alcohol and more when Gemma and Tar start to live with two other teens in a squat.

We see Gemma become reckless and full of herself after she leaves her parents. Whereas Tar, beaten up by his dad and abused by his mother, starts to make friends and a life for himself. But that all seems to change when Gemma meets Lily, a quirky girl in her own world. They become instant friends and Gemma decides to live with Lily and her boyfriend Rob. Tar, being the hopeless romantic he is, chases after Gemma and decides to live in the squat with them.

Everything is fine at first. Until they start smoking hash and then get on to Heroin. Their personalities change over the years. They become less caring, depressed and even more irresponsible.

I think it was important for Burgess to put this book out there to one, explain to people what addiction is and how hard it is to come off, and two, how anyone, literally anyone, can get into the same situation Tar and Gemma found themselves in. Like Melvin said, he didn’t want to write the book at all, but he knew he had to.

I thought that the character development in this was phenomenal, even if it wasn’t a good character development. It showed us how peoples personalities can change when on drugs. After all, these kids were impressionable, they were both only 14 when they left their parents.

It’s no wonder Tar got addicted to drugs so easily coming from the family he had. But he should have recieved help before it got to that point. But at the time, he didn’t think he needed help, he just made out as though they were having a bit of fun and could easily come off the drugs if they wanted.

But unfortunately it’s not that easy. Things don’t always go to plan. And that’s what I love about this book; the way Burgess is so honest with the readers. He doesn’t shy away from the topic of drugs, sex or anything. He openly discusses it and I found the book to be an eye opener.

I look forward to reading Melvin’s other books!

Until next time, love, Vee x

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

Every year, on 10th October, it’s World Mental Heath Day. I believe we should be aware all year round, but to celebrate this day, I and a few guest bloggers will be writing about Mental health throughout the month. They will be sharing with you their advice, stories, tips and much more this month so keep a look out!

What Is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day is all about bringing awareness to the stigma surrounding mental health and making sure we’re there for our loved ones who suffer with these illnesses every day. It’s also a time for people to speak up about their work and what needs to be done to change the way we see mental health. You can read more about World Mental Health Day here.

What Can I Do To Help?

There are so many things you can do to help beat the mental health stigma and some of these include but are not limited to:

  • Fundraising
  • Talking about mental health openly
  • Researching to understand mental health illnesses better
  • Donate to mental health charities
  • Be there for friends/family who are struggling with their mental health

There are lots of ways to get involved and to have your voice heard!

Look out for my guest posts coming throughout the month…

Book Review: #Girlboss

Book Review: #Girlboss

I read #Girlboss earlier in the year because I’ve already watched the Netflix show twice and wanted to know more about Sophia Amoruso.

About #Girlboss

Girlboss was written by Sophia Amoruso after she created Nasty Gal and has turned her business into a multi million dollar company. She shares her top tips on everything from interviewing to talking with investors. There are Girlboss profiles interviewing amazing freelancers and Nasty Gal stylists.

She talks in detail about being different and how not having a business plan worked out. After all, she started on eBay and now look at her. She’s now the CEO and founder of Nasty Gal, and more recently, Girlboss.

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Review

I’ve wanted to read #Girlboss ever since I watched the TV series. The way Sophia rebelled against “working for the man” inspired me because I don’t want to be a cog in a machine for someone to get rich while I get naff all.

This book spoke to me, and not because I want to create my own eBay business or anything of the sort. I just want to kick ass and be a Girlboss in everything I do, from wearing clothes to working for myself.

Throughout the book, Sophia jumps around from her childhood to now, to the future. It would be confusing if I didn’t watch the show and if her points didn’t make sense in the chapters. But everything spoke to me and her words make me want to believe in myself. It’s so inspiring to think she made a business out of selling vintage clothes on eBay. Just think of what you could do!

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I love books like this because they motivate you to get out of bed in the morning and do something with your life instead of sitting around watching Jeremy Kyle all morning. After reading that I feel like I can do anything. Isn’t that the effect you want from books?

If you want to start you own business or just want to know how to be a Girlboss, then I urge you to read this!

How To Write A Blog Post When You Have No Motivation

How To Write A Blog Post When You Have No Motivation

We’ve all been there when it feels like we’ll never write another blog post again and we’ll go down as the worst blogger in the history of bloggers. Blogger’s get writer’s block too, not just authors! So here are my top tips on how to write a blog post when you have zero motivation to do so!

Take Your Time

Don’t rush because if you do, it means compromising your content. If you don’t feel like you can produce good content at the moment, take a step back, take a break and come back to it in a few hours. Stepping away from whatever project you’re working on may help you see it clearer than you would if you were sat right in front of it.

Find Your Inspiration

There are so many blog posts providing lists on what to write for your blog. You can find loads of these lists on Pinterest and by just googling. For instance, if you write fashion related content, google lists of what to write for that topic.

Another way of finding inspiration is from photos. I always find that a photo can make me think of something else and then the ball starts rolling into an idea for a blog post. Instagram can be a good way of finding that inspiration you desperately need.

Ask For Help

Ask your followers or friends what they’d love to see on your blog. Getting an outsider’s opinion might help you write a blog when you have no motivation to.Β  You may find that the topic they suggest could lead to other potential posts.

Brainstorm

If you don’t feel like you’re in the head space to write a full blown blog post, brainstorm all your ideas. It can be just words, phrases, quotes or even photos. Think of it like a mood board for your blog and creativity.

Keep A Journal

You might find that writing daily just about what you’ve been up to and how you’re feeling will give you ideas for blog posts. You’ll find your writer’s block slowly starts going away the more you write. Whether you bullet journal or write in your diary, whatever creative passion you have, pour your heart into it. No one has to read it if you don’t want them to – just get the ball rolling!

I hope this guide helped you with your lack of motivation!

Anxiety: A Poem

Anxiety: A Poem

Hey guys! This week I’m going to be sharing a poem about what anxiety feels like for me. I hope this can help make others feel a little less alone and maybe create a tiny bit more awareness for mental health in general.

Anxiety is more than just being shy around strangers and having panic attacks in shopping malls;
It’s looking up what you want online before you go to a restaurant
It’s having meltdowns in the middle of the night
It’s struggling to stand when you need to keep going
It’s feeling so alone even when you’re surrounded by people.

Late night panic attacks and crying fits are just the tip of the iceburg
You know nothing until you look into my dark, twisted mind.
The lies I tell myself creep in through the window
Consuming every waking moment.
Am I a failure?
Am I going to survive this episode?
You may think I’m a social butterfly
But wait until you see what’s really inside
There are thousands of butterflies screaming to be let out
There are times when the pain is too much to bare.
But you know what they don’t tell you about anxiety?
“You’ll survive.”

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and whether you have experienced similar feelings. This poem is quite raw and unpolished so I’d appreciate the feedback ❀ Until next time, love, Vee.

Why I’m Obsessed With Embroidery

Why I’m Obsessed With Embroidery

In this week’s post I’m doing something completely different and doing a fashion post. I know, it’s not something I would usually ever do, but I love this trend so much, that I just want to share my love for it.

Why I’m Obsessed With Embroidery

I love the embroidery trend that has taken place in the past few years and I just can’t shake it off. I think everyone’s probably sick of me wearing it, because it’s ALL I OWN. I wear embroidered jumpers, dresses, tops and more. I fell so in love with the trend because it allows my personality to come out and gives me a sense of self. I know what I love and it makes me feel fierce. Isn’t that what every girl wants?

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I have this cute little jacket which is ideal to put with any outfit and is especially lovely in the Summer months

Not only am I obsessed with embroidery because it’s gorgeous, but it also styles your outfit really well. I can just put my embroidered Topshop Moto jacket on over a simple black dress and it looks amazing. I can just wear some old jeans but my embroidered jumpers make the outfit pop. There are so many ways of wearing embroidery, whether it be with boots, bags or just a simple top. The trick is not to overdo it and make your whole outfit a floral fest.

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I love these cute embroidered items! (I now own two embroidered jackets…)

I mainly find my outfits on eBay and have bought tons of jumpers and jackets on there, especially embroidered ones because they’re so cheap.

The jacket above is from Boohoo and was only Β£20! I still love to wear it and I can just pop it over a checked top and jeans! I also loved this New Look backpack so much until the zip broke! But the point is, I’m obsessed with embroidery because it’s so elegant but can be super sexy (especially embroidered lingerie).

What’s a trend you’re obsessed with? Let me know in the comments. Until next time, love, Vee x

My Summer Bucket List

My Summer Bucket List

In this week’s post I’ll be sharing my Summer bucket list with you so if you want, feel free to steal some of my ideas πŸ˜‰

Bucket List:

  • Have a picnic (cliche I know)
  • Go on a beach holiday (or any other holiday!)
  • Go for long walks by the river
  • Go to the beach
  • Make our own ice lollies
  • Do some summer crafts
  • Have a fire in the garden and cook marshmallows
  • Have an evening out at a restaurant and sit outside in the sun
  • See my dad and hopefully go out for the day with him
  • Go to the zoo and take a picnic
  • Go on bike rides
  • Play basketball in the park like a kid
  • Stay out and watch the sun set.
  • Read some summer filled books
  • Bake more
  • Make healthier meals
  • Go outside for walks more and appreciate nature
  • Learn how to swim
  • Build sandcastles (or sand boats)
  • Take photos of gorgeous flowers
  • Have a pizza party in the garden

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I hope these have given you some ideas on what to do this Summer. Tell me some of the things on your Summer bucket list below!

Until next time, love, Vee x

12 Bookish Facts

12 Bookish Facts

Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’m going to be talking about bookish facts. If there are any facts that I haven’t listed but you think are interesting, then please comment them below!

Bookish Facts

1. Abibliophobia is the fear of running out of reading material.

2. Dr. Seuss wrote his first book in 1936 on a luxury liner called the Kungholm. As he crossed the Atlantic the sound the engines made annoyed him so much that his wife proposed he use the repetitive rhythm to help him write the book.

3. Goodreads was established in 2007 and in July 2013 it was reported that they had attracted 55 million members.

4. In Kansas City there is a parking lot for the public library designed to look like a huge bookshelf.

5. There are over 8.2 million copies of all three of The Hunger Games books published in the U.S.

6. The Winnie the Pooh books have been translated into 50 other languages including Yiddish and Esperanto.

7. Beatrix Potter wrote The Fairy Caravan in 1926 which was only published in America because Potter thought it was too autobiographical to be brought out in England in her lifetime. The book was released in the UK nine years after her death in 1943.

8. Jacqueline Wilson’s first book for children was called Nobody’s Perfect.

9. When Roald Dahl was at school he was a taste tester for Cadbury. This is probably what inspired him to write Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

10. Books used to be chained to bookshelves in public libraries.

11. Alice in Wonderland used to be banned in China because General Ho Chien believed it was an insult to the human race that animals should be given speech in books.

12. About Β£2.2 billion in the UK is spent on books a year and a fifth of this is spent on children’s books.

I hope you enjoyed these! Until next time, Vee x

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower: Book vs Film

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower: Book vs Film

In this weeks blog I’m going to be comparing The Perks Of Being A Wallflower book to the film. Let me know in the comments which you prefer.

I immediately watched the film after I had read the book; this may have been a mistake because all I could think was: this didn’t happen in the book; they’ve missed this out. Although some parts of the book were missing (like his sister being pregnant), you can expect this from films because you can’t fit everything from the book in it.
I thought that Logan Lerman did a fantastic job portraying Charlie and I loved seeing Paul Rudd as Bill (although he’s called Mr. Anderson in the film and Charlie does’t get invited over for tea in the film). I thought they picked a great cast and my favourite has to be Patrick, played by Ezra Miller. If you haven’t seen the film, I suggest you read the book first so that the characters don’t become the actors in your head.
I like to read the book before I see the movie so that I can read the book without it being ruined. Although the film did do the book some justice (after all, it was directed by Chbosky himself) I still preferred the book because there was a lot more detail. If you’ve seen the film before reading the book I think you’d be left with some questions.
One thing that’s different in the film is that Sam and Charlie seem to be together, whereas in the book it’s pretty much left down to “we’ll see what happens” and “we’ll write to each other.” There are a lot of things that bother me about the ending; does Charlie feel better? Does he make new friends? He was starting to be okay again and now it’s all come crashing down. Will I know what happened to him? How did he become depressed? There are so many unanswered questions; but that’s just like life. Everything is a cliffhanger.
If you’ve read the book or seen the film or both, let me know in the comments what your thoughts are and which version you prefer. Until next time, love, Vee x

The Boyfriend Tag

The Boyfriend Tag

So I’ve wanted to do the boyfriend tag for a while and I finally made Oliver answer some questions about me.

I’ll be writing his answer down first and then I’ll respond to whether it’s right or not!

1. Where did we meet?

Virtual: On MeetMe
Physical: At Norwich Train station

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2. Where was our first date?

Nandos and cinema to watch Jurrasic World

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3. What was your first impression of me?

I thought you were cute

I don’t know if this is true but I hope it is πŸ˜‚

4. When did you meet my family?

First time I came to Norwich

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5. Do I have any weird obsessions? If so, what…

Yeah, Taylor Swift.

Not weird, just a fangirl.

6. How long have we been together?

4 and a half years

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7. Do we have any ‘traditions’?

We have had some that go on for a month or so and then they stop. We tend to go to TGI Fridays when we celebrate something.

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8. Where was our first holiday?

Portugal.

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9. What was the first thing you noticed about me?

I thought you had big eyes.

I did have huge eyes but he says they’ve shrunk πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­

10. What is my favourite restaurant?

TGI Fridays

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11. What do we argue about the most?

Before we moved in we argued about moving in together.

Yup. βœ”οΈ

12. Who wears the trousers in the relationship?

Me.

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13. If I am watching tv, what am I watching?

Friends, Gilmore Girls, Jane The Virgin, Love Island.

I also have a bit of an obsession with Greys Anatomy now.

14. What is one food I do not like?

Vanilla ice cream.

I also hate soup and jacket potatoes.

15. What drink do I order if we go out for a meal?

Water but now you’re not such a tight arse you now order diet coke.

True. What can I say? I’m earning nowπŸ˜‚

16. What size are my feet?

5

❌ Size 6 actually

17. What is my favourite kind of sandwich?

Ploughman’s

I don’t really have a favourite but I do eat a lot of ploughman’s and ham and mustard sandwiches.

18. What is one talent I have?

Your ability to creep around undetected.

This is true. I scare everyone βœ”οΈ

19. What would I eat everyday if I could?

Pizza πŸ•

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20. What is my favourite Cereal?

Choc pillows

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21. Where was our first kiss?

On your bed.

It sounds dirty but it’s not. We had been dating online for a few months and the first time I met him we were at home with my family because I was too anxious to go outπŸ˜‚

22. What colour are my eyes?

Green

❌ Blue!

23. Who is my best friend?

Angie.

βœ”οΈ And you.

24. What is something you do that I wish you wouldn’t do?

Put my clothes on the floor instead of the wash basket.

Yup. Bingo βœ”οΈ

25. What kind of cake would you bake me on my birthday?

Chocolate cake.

Half true. My favourite cake is coffee and walnut.

26. What can I spend hours doing?

Moaning

Urm no. ❌

27. If I could live anywhere where would it be?

NYC

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So there you have it! He can be a tit sometimes but he’s my tit. How about you all try this tag, I’d love to see the answersπŸ˜‚