Category Archives: Friendship

The vanishing game, by Kate Kae Myers

vanishinggameJocelyn and Jack are twins with an unbreakable bond. They have been through so much. They have survived a neglecful mother, and a frightning, dangerous foster home called Seale House. But the unthinkable happens. Jack dies and Jocelyn is left by herself. When she receives a letter from Jason December – Jack’s old code name – Jocelyn begins to question whether Jack actually is dead. He is the only one, besides their old friend Noah, who knew of that code name. Jocelyn and her long-time childhood crush Noah race against time to find Jack…if it is indeed Jack they are looking for.


Tigers on the Beach, by Doug MacLeod

tigersonthebeachThis is a really good story. It is not one of those books that are really sad or really scary. It is a  story that will make you laugh out loud, feel a bit sad at times, and also a bit angry. It will make you glad that you read it. The main character, Adam, loves a good joke and enjoys sharing these with his grandfather. Unfortunately, his grandfather passes away and what happens then begins to divide Adam’s once strongly united family. Along the way Adam falls for a girl called Samantha, who doesn’t quite have the same sense of humour as him…, gets into a few embarrassing situations, mucks around with his brother and stops him from doing dangerous things (like walking into trees), and tries to save his family’s business among other things. Again, this is a good book and one that you definitely should read.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

whereshewentI must have been living under a rock! I read If I stay awhile ago, and watched the movie, but didn’t know that there was a sequal! Where she went is set three years after the devastating accident that changed Mia’s life. Much has happened in those three years, and not all good. The story is written from Adam’s perspective and leaves the reader in no doubt of the pain that Adam is experiencing. Why is he suffering and will his pain heal? Read and find out. 8.5/10


Where she Went by Gayle Forman

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Where she went

By Gayle Forman


If you had a second chance at first love … would you take it?

Adam Wilde is a pop star at the peak of his career, but despite all the outward signs of success, Adam is on the edge of a breakdown.  He is taking anti-anxiety pills and he can barely talk to the rest of his band.  Three years ago, his girlfriend disappeared from his life with out any explanation.  Adam was hurt and confused and wrote the songs of the bands hit album based on his emotions. One night in New York Adam takes a solitary walk and he see the one person he thought he would never see again.

This is the follow up book of If I stay.  I enjoyed both of these books, I couldn’t wait to finish reading them especially Where she went.

Vinnie’s War by David McRobbie

Vinnie's WarVinnie’s War is set when a war rages across Europe. Vinnie is sent away from the bombs of London with countless other children in a hope of survival. The evacuee children go to the country town of Netterford, which seems nice until they meet the locals. Vinnie and his new friends find they now have their own war to fight. Will he find a place where he belongs? The novel gives you an idea of what many children experienced when sent away from their families during World War II. It is a novel of friends, hope, and survial.


If I stay by Gayle Forman

Living’s all about making choices.  Dying’s no different…

Everything is good in Mia’s life.  She has great parents, an adorable little brother and Adam is her boyfriend.  She also has dreams of becoming a great cello player and is well on her way to achieving this. Suddenly everything changes, Mia and her family are involved in a car accident…her parents and brother are dead and Mia is fighting for her life.  Mia becomes an invisible observer, watching as her body lies in a coma. Alternating between past and the present Mia thinks about her life, about her family, friends and her boyfriend Adam.  She has to make the decision to fight for her life or to die.  Adams love for Mia helps her to make her decision.

Before I fall by Lauren Oliver


Wow, what a book! It is like the movie Groundhog Day, where the main character lives a day over and over again, and it is really good. The main character, Samantha, dies in the first chapter. Each chapter thereafter is that day lived over and over again, but things change. Samantha tries doing things differently, outcomes are altered, people’s secrets are revealed, love is questioned. The author asks the reader to consider if they would act in the same way: What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?. Why is this happening to Samantha, and what can she do to stop it? This book will get you hooked! A must read.

What do you think of the ending?? (leave a comment)



Mike by Brian Caswell

MikeBullying, swimming race, Riny died, moved towns, Mike, Riny, Mum, Shane Thomas.

Mike moved towns from Melbourne to Sydney. He went to a new school and it was hard to make friends, he got bullied from a kid called Shane Thomas. Shane Thomas was a really good swimmer; Mike wanted to beat him at what he was best at. He met the lady across the street her name was Riny, she let him use her pool to practice. He won the race and beat Shane Thomas, but sadly his friend Riny died.

It was an alright book, my favourite part was when he beat Shane.

J.M. 5/10