Thursday, 26 May 2016

Review - Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler

Title: Read Me Like A Book
Author: Liz Kessler
Pages: 304
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Release date: 14th May 2015

Blurb from Goodreads: 
Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling - that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It's enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents' marriage troubles. There's just one thing bothering her... 

Shouldn't it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way - not Miss Murray, her English teacher?

A thought-provoking coming out story from a highly skilled author.

 My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*

-Contains spoilers!-

Ashleigh Walker's life is a bit of a mess - her parents are barely talking (and when they do they argue), she has exams to revise for and she's feeling things and having thoughts about her English teacher that she shouldn't.
Is Ash in love with Miss Murray?
Will her parents stay together?
Will she pass her exams?

Firstly, I love the cover, especially the colours.
Ash was an okay protagonist but she wasn't likeable and I found her annoying at times - an example is after she had sex with Dylan (who was a complete a-hole and only wanted one thing) she realised that they hadn't used any protection and instead of doing the sensible thing and getting a morning after pill she worried about it for weeks until she started her period.
I wasn't a fan of Ash's best friend Cat who she couldn't talk to about personal things. I may be wrong but I though best friends were people who you could talk to about everything?
The plot was alright but I wasn't gripped. I'm not sure if it was the writing style or Ash's personality that made me feel like I couldn't connect with the story.
I thought the subject of someone realising that they are gay was handled well - probably my favourite thing about the book.

Overall this was an okay read but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.