Hello everyone! Today I'm bringing June's Reading Wrap Up! Sorry to sound like a massive walking cliche but can you believe we're halfway through 2015 already?! Its been such a good year for me so far, even if I haven't been reading very much. I've read 6 books this month which I think is my record so far this year. I have a few readathons lined up for July so that should be an even better month! I wasn't particularly blown away by the books I read this month. I'm calling it 'the month of 3/5 stars' because that's what I gave the majority of books I read! Hopefully next month will be full of some better reads!
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson - This one was our Sassy Books read for the month. You can read my full review here. This book is about two twins who are torn apart by a tragedy. the writing in this book was beautiful but it made the characters seem really unrealistic and I didn't connect to the story at all. So I gave this 3/5 stars. Its very well written but didn't captivate me.
Being a Girl by Hayley Long* - I've already written a full review for this book which you can read here. This is a guide to growing up for young girls and its really great. It offers some pretty sound advice about things like friendships, periods, boys, peer pressure. The works. It even goes to talk about what it means to be transgender which I don't think I've ever seen in a book like this. I gave this one 4/5 and I would recommend buying for any young teenage girls you know!
Only We Know by Simon Packham* - I've already written a full review for this book which you can read here. Lauren has moved town and is trying to keep her identity a secret because of something that she has done in the past. And she doesn't want her secret getting out. Until she runs into someone she met a few summers ago, but does he remember her? Interesting book and easy enough but didn't really blow me away and I found it to be a bit anti climactic. 3/5 stars.
Almost Grace by Rosie Rowell* - I was really interested in this one because its set in South Africa and I haven't read many books set there. Its about a group of teenagers who go to the beach to celebrate the end of high school. The main character in this novel suffers from anorexia and there's no warning but I think this really needs one. At 200 pages this book was too short and there just wasn't enough room for the character development that was needed. I didn't dislike this book but it wasn't amazing either so I gave it 3/5 stars which I think is pretty fair.
How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski* - I love E Lockhart but have to admit this is my least favourite so far! 3 girls decide to go on a road trip for self discovery and all that. I found this quite hard to get into at first but enjoyed it towards the end. The story was really good but I only really enjoyed one of the character's narrative. I decided to give 3/5 stars because I just wasn't blown away by this.
Running Girl by Simon Mason* - This was probably my favourite book of the month. Garvie Smith has the highest IQ ever recorded at his school and the lowest grades. He is an A grade slacker. Until his ex girlfriend's body is pulled out of a pond and he takes it upon himself to find her killer. I didn't guess any of the twists in this one which is usually what annoys me about crime/mystery books. I found it really easy to read and I really enjoyed it. I gave this one 5/5 stars.