From Blogging To Bossing – An Online Workshop

From Blogging To Bossing – An Online Workshop

Hello! In today’s blog I’m going to be discussing my new workshop, From Blogging To Bossing! I’m very excited as it’s my first online workshop and what better way to talk about it than right here on my blog.

Why Did I Create The Workshop?

As you probably know, I’ve been blogging for around five years now. When I first started blogging, I wrote about books, travel and anything in between. I started off blogging for fun because I enjoyed writing and engaging with others. I loved seeing what you guys were up to and receiving recommendations from you.

Around a year or two in I realised I could monetize my blog and make money doing what I loved – writing! I was so excited; I started researching and reading how other bloggers were generating money from their blog, but it was always so vague. Whenever I asked someone how they made money from blogging, they would just say “ads.”

Ads are great for monetizing your blog if you have thousands of views a month, but for someone like me who just enjoyed writing and creating, I wasn’t interested in thousands of views, and I believe I made a total of 91p on Blogger before I switched over to WordPress. Views and followers are not the be all and end all. You can still make money from blogging and social media without going viral. I’ve made over £500 by creating digital products. You don’t have to have hundreds of views a day to make that money.

I created From Blogging To Bossing because I want to answer every bloggers question: how do I make money from my blog? 

What Is The Workshop About?

The workshop is going to focus on income streams and how you can create new ones that line up with your brand and skills. I’m going to be talking in depth about my income streams, how I make money online and how much I make.

From Blogging to Bossing

I will also be talking about a number of different ways you can monetize your blog and create services and products that line up with your ethics and skills.

There is also going to be a Q&A at the end of the workshop to ask anything about income streams, about my business and more.

Event Details

Learn how to turn your passion into a business and make money from blogging. In this workshop you will learn how to turn your blog into a business through ads, affiliate marketing, creating products and providing services. Learn about other income streams and work out which one is best for you.

We will discuss other services you can provide on your website and how I made 6 different income streams. You will also be able to ask me questions as we go along and I’ll answer them at the end of the webinar.

This event will be held on Facebook so you must join the group to gain access.

Date: Monday 7th September 6pm BST.

Where: Online Workshop – Facebook

Price: £11.36

Link: From Blogging To Bossing – EventBrite

I’m so excited to see you all there and to teach you about new income streams for your business and blog! As always, thank you for the support.

Meet My August Advertisers!

Meet My August Advertisers!

Every month I have 5-6 advertisers on my website. You’ll find everything from bloggers to follow, musicians offering lessons, small businesses and more. If you’re interested in becoming an advertiser, you can email me at greenv745@gmail.com

Let’s begin!

Content Conga

Blogging can be a hard slog at time. Having to come up with new content all the time and having to feel ‘inspired’ is easy at the start of your blogging journey but can be quite tough when you are a few months (or years) down the line. One solution to this is to use a blog content writing service where you can let someone else do the hard work for you.

Content Conga is one such service which offers prices starting from just £30 for your blog post to not only be researched but also professionally written by one of their UK based writers and within 3 working days you will have the content back in your inbox ready for you to upload onto your blog.

This is the perfect solution for people who are perhaps in a creative lull as Content Conga can can cover anything from blog writing, educational articles, web page copy and even product reviews!

Check out Content Conga’s links:

Content Conga Website

Content Conga Copywriting Order

Meet Your August Advertisers!

Sweet Allure

Sweet Allure is a travel and lifestyle blog with a particular love for road trips. Covering must see places, tips and guide, Sweet Allure is your go-to travel companion!

If you love anything travel related, check out Sweet Allure’s top 3 posts!

6 Must See Sights On Scotland’s North Coast 500 

Europe Road Trip 2019

Disneyland Paris: Hate Rides? Here’s what to do instead!

Make sure to also follow their Instagram.

Meet Your August Advertisers!

Life With Ktkinnes

Life With Ktkinnes is a lifestyle blog, which I started back in 2014 when I was trying to figure out what I was doing with my life before starting university. From there, it has evolved to be almost diary-like, in the hopes that by sharing my experiences I might help others realise it’s okay to not know what we’re doing with our lives.  As well as these “DMC” type posts, I share recipes I’ve tried and loved along the way, books I’ve read, films and TV shows you need to watch, oh and Christmas is one of my biggest topics, with Blogmas taking over my content every year in December. In fact, Saturday 1st August I am publishing an ebook and planner to help other bloggers enjoy the fun of Blogmas! Life With Ktkinnes really is life with me, so if you enjoy a good ramble, or a serious conversation from time to time, then trust me when I say there’s a little something for everyone!

Socials to follow:

Website
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
Facebook

Popular posts to read:

15 Blog Maintenance Tasks On My To Do List
My Weight Journey
The Ultimate Guide To A Successful Blogmas

Meet Your August Advertisers

Thomas Slatin

Thomas Slatin was an 18-year career Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter who left the fire department after making the rank of Lieutenant in order to pursue writing and photography full-time.  He currently lives in New York with his wife, Angie.

You can find Tom and his work on his website.

Meet Your August Advertisers

Sofia’s Pencil

Sofia’s Pencil is my site. A blog where I can unleash my creativity without needing to worry about perfection. It’s a place to share everything that matters to me (from self-care to global warming), all that I know (not too much, to be honest) and all that I research and learn.

I have always wanted to write a blog and something has been keeping me off of it. Sofia’s Pencil is my “revenge” against fear and procrastination. A project that is intended to last for longer than expected.

You can find Sofia here:

Website
Twitter
Instagram

Meet Your August Advertisers

Blogger Resources and Content Creators to Follow

Blogger Resources and Content Creators to Follow

Being part of the blogger community is an honour. I’ve been lucky enough to make some amazing friends, have wonderful collaborations and make some long lasting business relationships. However, let me tell you it’s not easy. It takes time, patience, perseverance and a passion for what you do.

If you’re new to blogging, you will need to engage with other bloggers, learn SEO, study Pinterest, create content and more. This post is full of resources from myself and content creators I look up to! This post also contains affiliate links and links to my own products. 

SEO Resources

If you’re looking to understand SEO and make changes to your site, Nele is your girl. She knows her stuff and she is just a wonderful, genuine person. You can read more about Nele on her site.

o_1dqjao3qt1mt2ivducr1smv1pvkr

The Keyword Research course is perfect if you want to up your SEO game and find keyword search tools.

The SEO for Bloggers ebook is the perfect course to get started on optimizing your site.

This course includes: 

– SEO 101: how SEO works

– What is the perfect keyword & how to find it

– How to fully optimize your on-page SEO

and more!

Instagram Resources

As a social media manager and Instagram expert, I have created several guides for Instagram alone. I have helped travel bloggers, beauty and fashion enthusiasts, affiliate marketeers, authors and more with my consultations and guides.

My first ebook is Hashtags for Instagram: A Guide and I’ve had some great feedback from buyers saying that it’s helped them gain more followers and they have obtained more impressions on their posts.

My second ebook is a guide to Instagram strategies and how to grow organically. For only £6 we will dive into how to use hashtags correctly, how to engage effectively to bring you instant results and how to use Instagram stories to your advantage.

Pinterest Resources

If you’re part of the blogging community, you have likely heard of Ell. She’s a lovely person with a great personality who genuinely wants to help other bloggers make blogging their full time income.

If you’re struggling with Pinterest or want to make blogging your full time income, you can find Ell’s courses here.

Mariam is also a Pinterest expert and has created the Ultimate Pinterest Marketing Guide for Creators. In this 100 page ebook you’ll learn how to use Pinterest to skyrocket your views and sales. Invest in yourself and your blog today!

Kayleigh also has some great Pinterest blog posts on her site that I’ve found incredibly helpful!

Blogger Guides

Glen has a great guide full of resources, the basics and how to get started in the world of blogging. From beginner guides to tools and resources to use, Glen has you covered!

Nicola is also a blogger and has been blogging for 12 years! So she knows a thing or two! Her Bloggers Survival Guide is only £5 and it has amazing resources for newbies and full time bloggers.

Other Social Media Guides

My Social Media Handbook is perfect for beginners or anyone wanting to gain more knowledge on a particular platform or subject. This handbook will give you all the insights of using platforms as a business or blogger from the perspective of a social media manager and marketeer.

Learn new techniques, how to use hashtags, what content to be putting out there and how you can be connecting with people via social platforms. In this handy course I have set you tasks, given you website recommendations, offered advice and much more.

Blogger Resources and Content Creators to Follow

Affiliate Marketing

Are you new to the world of affiliate marketing? Do you want to make more sales? Are you struggling to understand what affiliate marketing involves and need a helping hand in how to promote products?

In this 18 page ebook we will be exploring the world of affiliate marketing and how it can change your life, make you money and shape your business.

Contents:

• What is affiliate marketing?

• Where do I begin?

• What products should I affiliate for?

• How to become an affiliate

• How to promote products on social media

• Using email marketing to sell

• Getting in the DMs

• Finding affiliates for your products

If you are struggling, you’re a beginner or you simply want to improve as an affiliate, this is the ebook for you.

Content Creators to Follow

Kayleigh is one of my amazing affiliates, friends and content creators I look up to. She’s amazing at Pinterest, blogging and offering advice. You can find her at Kayleighzaraa.com.

Mariam is a personal development and lifestyle blogger who has so much knowledge about blogging, career advice, finances and more! She’s the definition of a boss babe. You can find her at bossbabechroniclesblog.com.

Naomi is a wonderful lifestyle and beauty blogger, always looking to support others. You can find her over at Naomirowen.com.

Ashleigh is a lifestyle and family blogger who is always so supportive and posts some really motivational blogs. You can find her at ashleighsmoments.com.

Shea is a YouTuber, blogger and course creator. She’s a ray of sunshine on Twitter and her blog has some amazing growth strategies for YouTubers and content creators. You can follow her at adaywithshea.com.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you haven’t already, make sure to follow all of the bloggers above for future tips and I hope you find a course/ebook that works for you!

Sustainable Gift Guide

Sustainable Gift Guide

If you know someone who’s trying to be more sustainable, or maybe that’s you, I’ve compiled a gift guide to help you choose the right product!

Please be aware that this post contains affiliate links. This will in no way effect the price of the item; it merely gives me a commission from the sale.

Sustainable Gifts

Whether it’s make up or essentials, there’s ways to be sustainable while using the products you love.

Reusable Make Up Pads

Make up wipes cost a fortune but also create a lot of rubbish. What if you can still remove make up while being more sustainable? I recently purchased these make up wipes from Amazon which allow you to wipe make up off (you can also buy make up remover) without discarding the pads. All you need to do is pop them in the wash bag in with your clothes and voila! You can purchase a pack of 16 pads here.

Bamboo Razor

We all tend to use razors at some point, but if you’re like me you’ll buy a pack of three plastic lady shavers and bin them after a few months. This is a much better option for the environment – and your skin. You can buy the bamboo safety razor here.

Bamboo Toothbrush

Maybe not a gift you would usually give your loved one but it is a gift to the environment to battle against the amount of plastic toothbrushes we use each year. In the US alone, one billion toothbrushes are thrown away each year. You may only see it as one toothbrush but it all adds up. There are plenty of places to buy your bamboo toothbrush but I bought mine on Amazon.

Sustainable Gift Guide

Pencils

If your loved one is an artist, these recycled newspaper pencils are the perfect quirky gift. On Etsy they come in a pack of five and they’re made from 100% recycled paper.

Straws

Even as an adult I still love using straws in my drinks. But to be more eco-friendly I decided to buy some long lasting ones from TK Maxx. You can obviously find these in lots of health food stores, supermarkets but if you’re like me and barely go out, I recommend getting these metal straws.

Wax Wraps

Wax wraps are a great and Eco-friendly way of storing food without using nasty plastic Tupperware. They can store your lunch, fruit or even be wrapped around jam jars. I got my own from V-Eco food wraps where you can get some beautiful patterned wraps.

sustainable gift guide

Flask

If your partner has to commute to work each day, why not buy them one of these colourful flasks? They’re perfect to keep drinks hot for twelve hours or cold drinks cold for twenty-four!

Collapsible Travel Mug

This has been n my to-buy list for a while. I think they’re such a clever idea! You can just collapse the mug into your bag when you’re not using it and it pops back open when you want to fill it up. You can find these at lots of supermarkets now but if you’re looking to buy one online you can grab yourself one of these.

sustainable gift guide

I hope these have given you some good ideas on what to get your partner or friend or family member to help them become more Eco-friendly.

Book Review: Depression in a Digital Age

Book Review: Depression in a Digital Age

I feel like I haven’t written a book review in a while so to start the year off on the right foot I’ll be reviewing Fiona Thomas’ book, Depression in a Digital Age.

This book has everything you need from Spice Girl references to Fiona’s rambling thoughts that help ground you and make you feel a little less alone.

Depression digital age
Taken from Fiona’s Instagram

I really felt like I was taking a journey with Fiona while reading this. I felt sympathy for her when she went through her mental health breakdown and couldn’t work.

I myself have left countless jobs for mental health related reasons which has led me to a life of freelance work.

I completely emphasized with how she felt so overwhelmed with her workload and there’s a chapter in the book that really spoke to me.

Fiona talks about taking a break from work because it’s making her so stressed. However, she also stresses out when she takes a much needed break, worrying that people will miss her and need her.

I really resonated with this when I took a week’s holiday from freelance work to go to Morocco in November. Although I was so glad to get away I was worrying about money, about whether my clients had sent me thousands of emails, etc. Turns out when I got back and switched my work phone on, I had one email, and it was a promotional one. I felt a little disappointed no one had needed me and I’d wasted precious time on holiday worrying about my workload.

I think a good lesson to take away from Fiona’s book is that you can stress as much as you like but it won’t change the outcome or how quickly you can complete a task. Take a step back, breathe and relax. Everything will get done in the end.

Overall, Fiona’s book taught me it’s okay to let others help you. It’s okay to speak out about your mental health and not everyone wants the same thing.

Depression digital age
Taken from Fiona’s Instagram

While some people are perfectly happy working 9-5 and getting home to get ready for the next day, not everyone feels the same. Sometimes our mental health stops us from doing the mundane tasks. Sometimes it prevents us from working on ourselves.

Not everyone’s journey is the same and that’s what I’ve learnt from Fiona. While our paths may be different, we share one thing in common. We just want to be happy. We want a life full of adventures. We don’t want to be bound by our mental illnesses. And that’s why Fiona’s story is so inspiring; she used her mental illness to help others.

In the book Fiona also talks about feeling like an imposter. That she isn’t qualified to do her job. The thing is, as a child I always thought I would grow up to feel so big and confident, like I could do anything. But I’m still little old anxious me. That won’t go away. We grow up to think adults have their shit together, when really we are all in the same boat, trying to paddle upstream to get to where we want to be.

Have you read Fiona’s book yet? She is currently writing another book all about being freelance which comes out later this year and I can’t wait to read it.

You can follow Fiona on her socials:

Instagram: @fionalikestoblog

Book: Depression in a Digital Age

Twitter: @fionalikes

Female Creatives Series: Q&A with Author Jessie Allyn

Female Creatives Series: Q&A with Author Jessie Allyn

Recently I came up with an idea to support female creatives and give others some empowerment. The planet, excuse my french, has gone to shit, so I wanted to make some positive posts and asked some people on Twitter whether they’d like to participate. My first interviewee is Jessie, an author and creative.

My first guest in this female creative series of posts is Jessie Allyn, an author and creative. Let’s see what she has to say!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hi! My name is Jessie Allyn. I am a writer who focuses primarily on fantasy and romance. My goals for the future are to get my first book published by next year and then open classes to teach other writers step-by-step how to write/publish their own books.

2. What do you do for a living?

Writing is not what I do for a living, but what I do for a living allows me to write.

3. What made you decide to do what you do for a living?

When I graduated college, I graduated with a Secondary English Education degree (I was an English teacher). But life has a funny way of not aligning the way you thought it would. I jumped from college to working with a pharmaceutical company, to working with a customer service call center, to working as a tutor for students with learning disabilities, to now managing a retail store. For me, these jobs are just a means to an end. I take on these jobs in order to support myself, my family, and my writing career. Because not everyone can afford to be a full-time writer like they dream to be…at least not in the beginning.

4. What would be your advice for someone looking to go into your profession?

Writing is hard. It’s not something most people can make a living off of. So if you want to be a writer, you need to understand that you write for your love of writing, not because you want to be a famous author one day. People glamorize being a writer, but they don’t know how hard it actually is. They don’t know how long it takes to craft a book, how many times you need to query agent after agent, how many rejection letters you might get, how much money you will spend on marketing, how many unpaid hours you will lose to edits. Writing is not a get rich quick scheme, it’s a labor of love. Every book that is published was fought for. Every writer put themselves out there, in all this stress and chaos, not because they wanted to be famous – but because they had a story to tell. So my advice, to anyone who wants to become a writer, is to write for yourself first and the rest of the world second. In the end, you might be the only person to pick up that book and that needs to be enough for you.

 

Female Creatives Series: Interview: Jessie Allyn

5. What are some of your hobbies or skills that you’d like to improve this year?

I am constantly taking seminars, attending virtual classes, listening to podcasts, and working with other editors/writers in hopes to better my writing craft. So for this year, I am hoping to get to a place where I can confidently create my writing course and launch my classes for other writers out there. My goal is to be able to take someone who has no idea what to write, help them work through their entire writing process and then help them through the entire publication process. There are so many things about writing and publication that you aren’t taught and that information is super hard to find these days. So my goal is to improve my writing craft to the point where I can take all of the knowledge I’ve collected over the years and make it accessible to anyone who needs it.

6. Can you list 3 books that empower you and that you recommend every creative reads?

Julie Kagawa’s “Talon” Series – She has an amazing way of writing from multiple perspectives without breaking the flow of her novel (something I envy to this day).
Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” – This was the book that taught me that not every story needs to end in a happily ever after.
David Clement-Davies’ “The Sight” – This book is probably the book I credit the most for how “alive” my characters feel. I learned from this book that if you make your characters multi-dimensional, it doesn’t matter if they are humans or wolves – people will find ways to relate to them.

7. I always ask this one as it’s fun to wrap up with! If you were stranded on an island, what 3 things would you take with you? And which 2 people?

A knife, a flint striker, and some sort of water purifier. I’d bring my significant other and probably The Rock (I mean, he’d be super helpful on an island and more people would probably search for him than me haha).

If you want to find out more about Jessie and her work, you can visit her website here.
Thank you so much to Jessie for participating! Don’t forget to subscribe for more Q&As, tips, reviews and more!

Reasons Your Website Isn’t Getting Views

Reasons Your Website Isn’t Getting Views

Have you been struggling with gaining new followers and visitors to your site? Down below I list the reasons why your website isn’t getting views and what you can do to improve the situation.

You Aren’t Marketing Yourself

As a blogger, it can be difficult to know how to market yourself to stand out from the rest. You have to have a certain level of confidence in your work in order to believe in it, and therefore, to market it.

If you’re writing blog posts you aren’t passionate about, you won’t be passionate about marketing it. The first step to gaining views is to decide how you want to be perceived, and this starts with your brand.

You Don’t Have A Brand

Maybe the reason you aren’t getting views on your website is because you simply do not have a consistent brand. For my website I have a logo and I’ve named all my social media accounts the same thing. I have a consistent logo on all social media channels so when someone mentions me or my blog, they will have the image of my logo in their head.

Reasons Your Website Isn't Getting Views

You can hire a graphic designer to create a look for your website or to create a custom logo. My wonderful friend Chelsea created one for me which I adore! It describes me perfectly and I wouldn’t change it! To market your brand, you have to have a consistent theme or be known for your niche.

You Don’t Have A Posting Schedule

Another reason your website isn’t getting views could be that you don’t post at a time when your followers are online. I asked my followers on Instagram a series of questions recently about the times they’re online, what content they want to see and what days they’re most active. I learnt that my followers tend to be online at night time on weekdays and they prefer my original content instead of graphics.

Not only is it important to post your blog on WordPress or your website at the right time, it’s also important when you post to your social channels. These handy graphs from Sprout are a great way to see what traffic you could be getting by posting at the correct times. Please bare in mind these are from last year.

A way you can see what time your followers are online is to do the same thing I did. Or you can do your research on what country gives you the most views and aim to publish a blog post or Instagram post at a time that suits them. It’s all about analyzing your audience.

You Aren’t Targeting Your Audience

Another reason your website isn’t getting views could be that you aren’t targeting the right audience. The internet has so many blogs and websites for people to read. You need to make sure you stand out and your audience – your followers – are the key. Take a look at what they blog about or like to read – host polls on social media asking what your followers prefer to see from you and when.

If you’re looking to change your niche, I recommend going through all your social media channels and following people who also blog or have a website similar to yours. The odds are they will be interested in the same content that they write about – I know I am.

Start following these people, interacting with their posts and networking. This is how you can get organic views to your website and target the right audience too!

You Don’t Have The Right Tools

It’s obvious that if you see an appealing looking blog with a great aesthetic, you’re going to click on it. After all, that’s why we scroll through Pinterest for hours on end, right?!

There are so many free apps you can get to improve the visuals for your website. I currently use Canva which I use for my clients as well. It’s easy to use and you can use so many graphics and illustrations for free. You can also upgrade your plan so you get even more options.

Changing it up so you have eye-catching visuals will make a huge difference for your website.

You Don’t Have The Right Social Media Channels

You might not be getting the views you want because you haven’t downloaded apps and promoted your articles or website on the right platforms. I predominately get my views from Twitter and WordPress followers. So my goal is to gain followers on here.

I know a lot of bloggers who gain hundreds of views through Pinterest and if you have the swipe up function, on Instagram. I do gain a few followers and views through Instagram but it’s very rare.

You have to do your homework, see what works for you. I used to get so many views via Facebook groups and promoting on my Facebook Page. Nowadays, I get less than half my views from there. But that’s where it all started for me, so you have to know your audience, have a brand and know exactly when to post in order to get the views. I hope this was helpful in some way, and by all means, if you have any tips feel free to share them in the comments section of my blog.

If you want more advice on how to promote your website, check out my recent blog post.

If you’re still confused and need help growing your audience and gaining views to your website, contact me via email at greenv745@gmail.com and I can help you create content and market your brand. I am a social media manager myself and have several clients I work with on social media and generating new, organic followers.

Book Review: The Man In Forest Hills

Book Review: The Man In Forest Hills

I was recently asked by basketball player and author Alex Owumi, if I wanted to review his audio book, The Man in Forest Hills. Alex has always been a great friend and has helped increase my blogging audience over the past couple of years. I admire him and his journey and wanted to review one of his books!

Book Review: The Man in Forest Hills

The Man in Forest Hills is set around the character Thomas Kent, a detective based in Boston. He wakes up from a coma after being shot to find out his family are gone. He thinks it’s something to do with one of the high profile cases he’s worked on in the past and starts trying to dig into the mystery further…

I don’t want to give away any more spoilers as there’s a lot that goes down in the book!

I really enjoyed actually listening to an audiobook and being able to do other things; it was also a really good book to start off with. It only took me two days to get through although I did have to pay close attention to all the characters!

What I really enjoyed about this book was the suspense. Each chapter ended with a cliffhanger, making you wonder who was behind the murder of Kent’s family. As a reader, you also struggle to determine whether Kent is playing good cop or bad cop by trying to avenge his family’s murder.

If he murders the people who have harmed them, is he then in the wrong? Or is he doing a good deed to make sure they don’t murder again? It’s a very moral oriented story. We have to pick whether we are backing Kent or we want him to go to jail.

As the chapters go on we also see flashbacks to before Kent’s family were murdered; we also see his time in the police academy and how his story has unraveled to leave us where he is now. By giving us this glimpse into Kent’s past, Owumi has let the reader into his world; these flashbacks intrigue us and we find ourselves wanting to know more.

Overall, I felt like the story line was well thought out and I can’t wait to read the rest of Owumi’s books!

You can purchase Alex’s books here.

You can also read Alex’s thoughts and tips on his blog.

Hope you enjoyed this review! Remember, if you have a book you want reviewed, email me at greenv745@gmail.com

Review: Clean by Juno Dawson

Review: Clean by Juno Dawson

Hi guys! So last week I posted a review of Melvin Burgess’ Junk. I read that before Clean because Juno referred to that as her inspiration.

About Clean

Clean is centred around Lexi Volkov, the daughter of a wealthy hotel owner who so happens to be spoilt and can get whatever she wants, when she wants. Which essentially means she can also do drugs with her boyfriend Kurt whenever she wants.

However, Nikolai, Lexi’s brother kidnaps her and takes her to a special clinic on an island where she can do the ten step progam to get clean.

She meets a lot of different people (with money) who are there for other addictions such as anorexia and OCD. Lexi needs to decide whether she wants to recover or waste her life away. Her new found friends may just be the answer she needs…

Review

I’ve been to a few events where Lexi has been said to be very confident and commanding. I thought she would be a total bitch – and she is at the start – but really she has a soft centre to her.

She seems to want to hide all her secrets and blames everyone for her mistakes. She doesn’t realise she has a problem until it’s nearly too late.

What I love about this book is the character development of all the addicts. Juno really can get into the mind of an addict and it’s amazing. At times we just want to tell Lexi to put the coke down and step away. But we see her go through the ups and downs all the way to the end.

I warmed to all the addicts at the centre, even Sasha. Everyone has issues but it’s how you deal with them that counts.

I loved the writing and the characters. And obviously the fact it’s set in London. What more could you want?

Have you read Clean? What did you think?

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