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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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.

 

WING JONES – Review by Ella, Queen Elizabeth’s School for Girls

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Wing Jones is one of my favourite books. The reason is that Wing goes through a dramatic and life-changing event, but she doesn’t give up.  This really shows me and many other girls that we are all warriors.  We don’t give up, if we fall we get back up again.

I would recommend this book to all the girls in the world. Thank you Katherine Webber for this extraordinary and inspirational book!

REMIX – Review by Harry, Wren Academy

remixI was advised to read this book by a friend who said it was very funny and they thought I would like it, but having read it, in some ways I wish I hadn’t bothered. The blurb on the back of the book had swayed me too in how it is presented and the punchy comments with recommendations like “funny, outrageous and entirely true to life” and I’d recommend it to absolutely anyone”. In the end it is not my cup of tea and is, in my opinion, more aimed at teenage girls.

The book is split into sections named after each day of the music festival and also told from two different points of view; the main characters Kaz and Ruby who are best mates but totally opposite characters, in 6th form and about to go to university. They have been waiting so long to go on a trip of their lifetimes to a music festival called Remix. Luckily their parents get tickets for them to go to the festival and see their favourite band Gold’ntone. Unfortunately, this is spoilt for them when both ex boyfriends turn up and relationships become more the issues than the music.

The good points of the book are the characterisation of the two main characters making them totally believable although I find them very silly in what they care about and have as their priorities. The author also has a range of other characters to flesh out the book and offer more balanced view and my favourite character of all is Lee (Ruby’s older brother) who is confident, passionate and likes a bit of a joke. I can relate to him more than to the girls.

I also like the fact that the book is told from two different points of view and you can see how the same event is thought about differently by two people.

What I don’t like about the book is the fact that there is no real story and it is not about the music in my opinion and is only about their relationships and the stupid decisions that they make. This is important and for some people they would enjoy reading more about this aspect but it was just not for me.

 

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.

THE MOONLIGHT DREAMERS – Review by Sam, Totteridge Academy

moonlightThis was the first book I read of Siobhan Curham’s, and I feel like I didn’t get off to a good start. The book wasn’t my type of literature. I would say it was a typically girly book and was not aimed at people like me, as it dealt with problems such as talking to boys and their relationships with said boys; if the characters where crying about these problems I couldn’t give sympathy as I didn’t know what it was like and really connect with the characters. I also found the book very repetitive as the main four characters cry a lot and after a while it seems like it isn’t that much of a big deal. In total, in the book, the main four characters cry 20 times; that is once every seventeen pages!  A lot of reviews are saying this was great but I have to disagree on this as I don’t think I’m part of its target market group. However, I can say that the author did a good job on some of the descriptions as it really made me think about some of the settings of the story, especially when Amber and the group are on the roof at night. In addition, I thought that ending was a bit rushed because Sky’s nudes had leaked all over the internet and Rose’s father took the whole family to the boat where they stayed. I didn’t think the characters resolved their problems and instead hid from them.  I think this may encourage people to run from their problems instead of resolving them, and in my opinion, this is wrong.

Overall, I didn’t like this book, but would recommend to teenage girls aged 13 – 16.