Book Review: Unboxed by Non Pratt

Book Review: Unboxed by Non Pratt

In this week’s post I’ll be reviewing Non Pratt’s short story, Unboxed.

Blurb

Four friends meet up at their old school to open the memory box they stowed there years ago – with five letters inside for four of them, because their friend Millie has died. When they open the box they find a new letter from Millie and discover that she has left them special instructions: permission to open her letter only if they all read aloud the letters they wrote to their older selves, revealing their deepest secrets.

Review

I picked this book up at the library, not knowing if it was for younger readers until I saw the word fuck inside. It’s a super easy YA read, as it says on the back. And it truly is. I’m someone who struggles as I am a slow reader. But I got through this book in a couple of hours. It was such an easy read but also a heartwarming one full of rekindling friendships, bereavement and love.

I don’t read many short stories but I already grew so attached to the characters, especially Dean. I love how the characters are developed so quickly and even one night can change your world forever. Ben is a big softie and even though it’s sad Millie is dead, she brings her friends back together.

I have to say their deepest darkest secrets weren’t really surprising and I was left waiting and wondering when the secrets would spill out, but overall I thought the letters had lovely sentiments to them.

It’s a must read for YA lovers but also if you need a little pick me up read.

Have you read Unboxed? Did you enjoy it? Until next time, love, Vee x

Poetry Review: Pillow Thoughts

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend of relaxing and reading. I recently read Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell and I instantly fell in love with the way she uses her words. It was an impulse buy from Waterstones with my birthday voucher so I took a gamble to see if I liked it, and fortunately, it paid off. In this week’s blog I’m going to be reviewing Pillow Thoughts and showing you some of my favourite poems.

My Review

I bought three poetry books recently and Pillow Thoughts was one of them. Pillow Thoughts is broken down into 10 sections including ‘If You Are In Love,’ ‘If You Are Sad,’ and ‘If You Need A Reason To Stay.’ Therefore, you can read them for any occasion and when you are feeling different emotions. I read the entire way through and could relate to so many of the poems – especially the long distance ones. My partner and I were long distance for three years and to read about all the feelings I used to feel, was enlightening. I used to feel so alone and thought the distance would never end.

I also related strongly to the ‘If You Need A Reason To Stay’ section as this had encouraging poems to comfort me. The way Courtney uses metaphors is beautiful and even if some of the poems seem easy to write, you can still relate to them but you would have never thought to write in that way.

I really enjoyed reading this collection and I’m looking forward to reading Pillow Thoughts II: Healing The Heart. I love modern poetry such as Amanda Lovelace’s, Rupi Kaur’s and Atticus’ work and I think I just found a new favourite poet.

Now I’m going to show you some of my favourite poems from Pillow Thoughts! Let me know in the comments whether you’ve read it and what you thought!

See you next week. Love, Vee x

LGBT Book Recommendations

Hey guys! So in this week’s blog I’m going to be giving you some LGBT book recommendations!
I think it’s brilliant that more LGBT books are being published and they’re all I read! So without further ado, here are some of my favourites!
Non Binary and Transgender Books

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day is about a person called A who wakes up in a different body every day. A could be descried as non binary and this book is one of the most unique I have ever read.

A wakes up one day inside Jason and his girlfriend Rhiannon thinks he’s acting strange because he’s never this kind or romantic. Now A has to figure out a way of staying in one body…
I can’t wait to read the sequel, Another Day since the last book was left on a cliffhanger…


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

If I Was Your Girl is about a transgender girl called Amanda. She moves in with her dad and she hopes no one will find out who she used to be…

Even though there are some unrealistic aspects in the book, it was a heart-wrenching and lovely book about acceptance, friendship and family.

The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

David Piper is transgender but his family think he’s gay and he gets bullied at school – until he meets Leo. Leo stands up for David and they soon become friends when Leo reveals his past and invites David on an adventure.
This book reminds me of Jacqueline Wilson’s writing and is by far one of my favourite reads. It is heartwarming, real and unpredictable – everything that a good book should be.

Books on sexuality

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On is like Hogwarts but with two wizards who fall in love and defeat the bad guys. Simon Snow is a wizard and Baz, his vampire roommate can’t stand him for being the ‘chosen one.’ However, as they battle together, they soon realise their feelings are more than just magic…
Carry On is fan-fiction from Fangirl, another book by Rowell and I would recommend reading that first.

Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe

Lucy is one of my favourite YouTubers and she used to date and live with her girlfriend Kaelyn Petras, another YouTuber. They both inspired me with their YouTube videos about anxiety, long distance and LGBT topics.
However, they broke up after being long distance for six years and Lucy finished her book before they broke up.

Girl Hearts Girl is about Lucy’s journey to discovering she was gay and how she learned to accept it. Lucy also writes about her experiences with anxiety, school, friends and long distance. IT truly is a lovely book about self discovery and acceptance.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella is exactly what it says it is; a Cinderella story with a geeky twist. Danielle lives with her two evil stepsisters and stepmonster. Danielle loves Starfield, a sci-fi program her and her dad used to watch when he was alive.

Her father built a con for all types of fans and Danielle is upset that there’s going to be a Starfield movie with an actor she hates called Darien Freeman. However, they accidentally start texting, not knowing who each other are and Danielle wants to enter a contest at her father’s con to meet Darien and tell him what she thinks.

Sage, who Danielle works with, helps make her a costume and they go to the con together. It turns out Sage and Danielle’s step sister hit it off and even though there isn’t much mention of the LGBT community, it’s still a cute story worth reading!

So there you go! These are some of my favourite LGBT books and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did!
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Book Review #4 Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe

I read Girl Hearts Girl a while ago and posted a review on my old blog which I can’t seem to find. So I will write a new, updated one.

Overview

Lucy Sutcliffe comes from Hertfordshire, England and attended university at Plymouth and completed a degree in film arts. Lucy was in a long distance relationship with Kaelyn Petras who lived in Michigan. Lucy’s autobiography details her life as a young child through to her late teens and is about her coming to terms with who she is as a person. She talks about how she realised she was lesbian and how she came out to her family. She also talks about her and Kaelyn’s relationship which has since ended.

Review

I really enjoyed reading Girl Hearts Girl, not only because I had been watching Kaelyn and Lucy’s relationship and LGBT+ videos for over a year, but also because Lucy was using her platform to publish a book about growing up and coming to terms with who she is.

Kaelyn and Lucy’s videos were always funny and I cried when they made a video about their break up. But since then Lucy seems to be very happy. She stills lives in the US pursuing her creative filming dreams and making YouTube videos.

Lucy seems to have known she was different from other girls but didn’t know why she didn’t like to date boys. It was a few years until Lucy found out what a lesbian was and decided to research it on the best media platform – YouTube. Lucy watched a video of country singer Chely Wright on the Ellen Show and ever since Chely has been one of the people Lucy looks up to.

Overall, this book was a heartfelt story about a young girl coming to terms with the fact she is gay. Lucy befriended Kaelyn online and they were in a long distance relationship until 2014, when Lucy moved to America with Kaelyn. Lucy spent years working on this book and when it came out I waited at Waterstones for them to unpack it!

Even though Lucy’s writing is raw and rough around the edges, this just shows how much emotion and energy went into writing it. Lucy also talks about her battle with anxiety and how she copes with it. It is a wonderful book which will and has helped thousands of teens who are affected by anxiety and need someone to relate to.

I’d have to rate it 5/5 ☆ because it is such a moving book by one of my all time favourite YouTubers.

Links: if you want to watch Lucy’s videos, click here.
If you would like to watch Kaelyn and Lucy’s advice videos, click here.

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