REMIX – Review by Hana, Copthall School

remixThis story revolves around the Remix Music Festival, two best friends and decisions. When Ruby and Kaz obtain tickets to the Remix, it seems like life couldn’t be better. However, that is far from the truth. Instead of having the weekend of their lives the damaging past catches up with them. This comes in the form of ex-boyfriends spelling trouble for both girls.

As the weekend proceeds events both bad and good develop threatening in particular their friendship. One of the most interesting characters is Ruby, this is because despite her careless behaviour she is thoughtful and wants what’s best for her best friend, Kaz. Kaz ,who despite being miserable over her ex, realises that there are much more important things in life and that life moves on bringing new events along with it that can be for the best. A fascinating part of the story is when both girls learn to value their friendship above all else. I give this book a 6/10 rating. The reason why is because of its inadequate context and strong language. However, despite these faulty qualities the book is seductive and discusses real-life dilemmas and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys novels based on friendship and the different relationships between people.

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THE MOONLIGHT DREAMERS – Review by Daniel, Wren Academy

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Reading this book was certainly a joy, all books appeal to someone and this one definitely appealed to me. The book from start to end really made me feel as if I was part of it and those books are the best ones of all. It engaged my interest because it was about teenagers and talks about friendship in a heart-warming way. In my opinion all the Read4Barnet books were excellent however I felt that this one was the one that should receive recognition.

 

REMIX – Review by Natalia, Queen Elizabeth’s School for Girls

remixThis book is about two girls, Kaz and Ruby, who go to a festival to see their favourite band, meanwhile things at home are complicated.

Ruby is a wild and creative person who loves to have fun, her exuberance leads her into difficult situations and she doesn’t think of the consequences of her actions. Kaz is calmer and a little more sensible. She can overthink her decisions, taking time in making her mind up. The relationship between the girls is strong, you can feel the bond of the characters throughout the book.

I enjoyed the fact there were two narrators which showed the thoughts and feelings of the characters. This gave specific and interesting insights and emotions.

I would say this is more suitable for older readers, overall I really enjoyed this book.

 

REMIX – Review by Sarah, Queen Elizabeth’s School for Girls

remixThis adventurous book is about two girls, Kaz and Ruby who go to a festival to see their favourite band, to get away from the drama and troubles back at home.

Ruby is a wild and excitable girl whereas Kaz is calmer. They have a strong friendship which is severely tested in a bundle of events.

I enjoyed the fact that the book had two different narrators, so you could hear their different thoughts. On the other hand, it was a book that I wouldn’t really suggest for younger readers because of some of the events in the book. This is a great read for older readers.

 

ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Darcy, JCoSS

miaIt takes a lot for a book to be one of my favourites and All About Mia is (by far) one of the most amazing books I have possibly ever read! I spent every possible minute reading a few pages or more at a time, and in less than a week I was already finished!

From my perspective, it is a very unique book as we explore the dramatic teenage reality for young Mia Richardson. Mia is the crazy, overly wild mess in the middle, surrounded by two incredibly successful siblings; Audrey, the up-and-coming Olympic swimmer, and Grace, the straight-A student applying for Cambridge University. But what Mia doesn’t know is that Grace is a hiding a secret, a BIG secret. When this secret is revealed Mia expects her goody two shoes sister to finally get into trouble, but instead the only trouble that takes place is none other than that relating to Mia. The book explores the consequences of drinking, clubbing and sexual themes. All of these problems add up to reveal who Mia truly is: a kind-hearted, responsible girl ready to face her life ahead.

This book shows the importance of family and friends and how they can support you along the way, especially in hard times. I definitely recommend you read this book as it can reflect on your own life.

 

 

 

MALADAPTED – Review by Kritik, Queen Elizabeth’s School

maladaptedCillian isn’t an average teenager. He knows he’s a mathematical genius, he’s already at university studying advanced theory, but Cillian doesn’t realise quite how above average he is until he’s the sole survivor of a train explosion. With his father is dead and his last words to Cillian a riddle, Cillian’s existence is thrown in a whole new light.

Tess was an orphan, taken in by an extreme religious group offering her sanctuary and comfort in return for her services. But Tess isn’t sure how she feels about what she’s being asked to do. Cillian is her target, Cillian and everything he represents – the science, the advancements, all of it, but Tess’s faith in her mission is shaken when Cillian becomes her friend.

Thrown into a world where they can trust no one and have to watch their backs all the time, Cillian and Tess must stand together in a world which doesn’t want them alive. Their trust tested and their lives saved by the skin more than once, Maladapted is unquestionably an amazing novel. Filled with treachery, trust and questions about science and religion, Maladapted is definitely a book worthy of 5 Stars.

REMIX – Review by Lucy, JCoSS

remixRemix is a brilliant book about two young best friends, Kaz and Ruby, who have secrets. These secrets are about to be revealed, changing things forever. The themes in this book are friendship, lies and music. You may wonder why music, but both girls share a passion for it. They go to a music festival where they camp out and seem to drift apart when they should be close together, as they need each other.

One weekend can change a lifetime of friendship, but is it worth it when love is clouding your judgment? Keeping secrets from one another leads to Kaz and Ruby falling into a spiral of webbed lies. Will they figure it out?

What I really enjoyed about the book is that it is very relatable and open about what is happening from both Kaz and Ruby’s viewpoints. We get to understand each of their perspectives while also having a bird’s-eye view of their mistakes, secrets and lies. It is a fast-paced teenage drama.

The book includes mature themes and allows us to learn from the girls’ mistakes and choices. These themes include drinking, relationships, rude language and sexual themes. I would suggest this book is suitable for 12 -15 year olds as this is the age that might need to learn about the themes in the book.

I read this book in 3-4 days as I’m a very fast reader, but the book was so captivating and impossible to put down. From past experience I have been in arguments with friends ( as I’m sure all friends have) and I found this book is so helpful in preparing me for situations like that. At the same time, the book also shows you how lucky you are to have friends and its really special how it makes you appreciate that.