Review of The S Word

Angie and Lizzie were the best of friends. Lizzie betrayed Angie when Lizzie was found in bed with Angie’s boyfriend on the night of their prom. The whole school turned against her, subjecting her to name-calling and graffiti being plastered over her locker, with abuse about her.

Lizzie is so distraught by what has happened that she kills herself.

A week after her death pages from Lizzie’s diary are found around the school and Angie is hell bent on finding out who pushed Lizzie over the edge, despite her sense of betrayal by her best friend.

The book is aimed at a younger audience and is very much written with this target audience in mind. That said, the gripping drama kept me reading and I certainly did not see some of the plot twists coming. I did guess what had happened to Lizzie though.

The book deals with a lot of issues that face teenagers and I felt it dealt really well with the impact that bullying has. On the surface we don’t see an awful lot of involvement from any adults in the book, but given that this is written from a teenagers perspective that was hardly surprising. Having successfully navigated three teenagers through those hellish years – not to mention my own teen years – I was able to relate to Angie’s angst and the dramas she had to deal with.

I think this is a really thought provoking book for teenagers and young adults. It deals with issues that this age group face and the author isn’t afraid to rock the boat. The book was well written and whilst an adult reading it might find the language a little too simplistic, the age group that it is aimed at will appreciate the way it is written.

I am going to give this book 5 stars as I enjoyed the story.


***** 5 stars.

Review Of House At The End Of Hope Street.




This book was awesome. I loved it.


The book centres on Alba who we meet right at the very beginning of the book. Alba is in a dark place and is wandering aimlessly around Cambridge one night when she suddenly finds herself outside of number eleven Hope Street. She is very puzzled as she has never encountered the house before, although she is certain she has been this way countless times. There is something about the house that draws her to it, draws her up the garden path and up to the front door where she finds herself knocking on the door. She is let in without hesitation by a woman named Peggy. It soon becomes apparent to Alba that this is no ordinary House. There is something uniquely special about it. Alba, along with the other women who are staying at Hope Street, is nudged in the right direction when it comes to finding out the truth about her life and the choices she needs to make.

The book is a delight to read. It has a fantastic array of famous characters in it all more than willing to give advice to the women who stay at Hope Street. I found that the book was well written and easy to enjoy. It had all of my favourite ingredients – hope, love, joy and a happy ending.


I would highly recommend this book and am happy to give it a five star plus rating.