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.

 

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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.

 

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.

ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Lucy, JCoSS

miaRating: 8 ½

Age: 11+

All About Mia is a teenage drama about Mia’s perspective on life and the dilemmas she faces. The focus is mainly on Mia’s family and her close circle of friends. She is 17 and is in lower 6th form, portrayed as a rebel.  We gradually see how her mistakes reveal the true goodness in her.

The book includes mature themes that, as we progress through our teenage years, we can read and learn from. These themes include drinking, clubbing, relationships, rude language and sexual themes. Mia’s mistakes and choices are laid bare to us as the reader.

The story has numerous plot twists. These all combine so as to create a big problem for Mia. The book is very intriguing and allows you to get to know the characters from the story.  You get to appreciate them and how each of them is important and plays a role in Mia’s life.

This makes us think about how we need people around us, as Mia has, as perhaps without them we might fall apart?

I could really relate to this book. As a middle child with two successful siblings I can empathise with Mia’s situation. Grace is her clever older sister and her younger sibling Audrey is soon to be an Olympic swimmer.  Mia is the messy middle child.

As a 12 year-old I believe it is important to educate young people about the themes explored in the book. By reading it, all children can experience the issues through their imagination and understand the consequences of life choices as well.

Readers who enjoyed Lisa Williamsons book “The Art of Being Normal” will also enjoy this novel. It tells the story from one perspective only.  The author’s great skill in providing us with an intimate insight into Mia’s life and the issues she faces.

ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Eleanor, Wren Academy

miaAll About Mia is about three sisters, Grace, Audrey and Mia – the mess in the middle. As Grace and Audrey have all their achievements, Mia struggles to find her thing that she loves most.

When her sister Grace gets back early from Greece with an unknown boyfriend, it soon becomes clear that a lot of things have changed since Grace was last home, and maybe not for the better! As the whole family gets ready for the unexpected guest, Mia doesn’t understand how everyone is OK with Grace’s shocking news.  As Mia tries to make it “all about Mia” things start to go wrong: trouble with men, cheating on her best friend and getting incredibly drunk.

I really liked All About Mia because it talks about a girl who goes from being a bit selfish to doing something truly incredible.  The writer hasn’t made Mia a role model at the start she just likes to have a good party and go out with her mates.  She is based on an average sixteen year-old who is still not mature which made it interesting because you didn’t know what was going to happen next.  By the end you see Mia mature and understand that extreme circumstances can bring out her true strength.  Mia sees that there is more to life than a party!