Lily Chu on mental health in her wonderful rom-com, The Stand-In

This post was written by Lily Chu, author of The Stand In. I write rom-coms. Rom-coms are first and foremost about love. They are also funny. Neither of these themes should be a surprise to readers as it’s right there in the name: romantic comedy. These are books with brightly illustrated covers. Beach reads, or books good for a cottage hammock, or to read by a cozy fire. Mine also happen to feature characters with mental health challenges. Let me asterisk that line to hell and back: I am…


WIN a copy of Finding Jupiter by Kelis Rowe

This post is sponsored by Walker. A beautifully written and page-turning exploration of grief, passion, heartbreak and fate, Kelis Rowe's debut YA novel, Finding Jupiter, is an emotional and powerful contemporary read your bookshelves will thank you for. To celebrate the release of Ray and Orion's gorgeous love story, we have five copies to give away. Ray: Just once I'd like my birthday to be about me, and not the day my father died. I want to be Ray Jr., the tall girl from Memphis with…

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Aneesa Marufu’s The Balloon Thief is one of this year’s must-read YA fantasies which will see you plunged into a dangerous world of magic and curses.

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Million-selling author Sophie McKenzie back with Truth or Dare, a tense eco-drama that we devoured in a weekend!


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Ayana Gray’s Beasts of Prey is a Pan-African mythological fantasy that you’re going to be hooked on!

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Obsessed with the Netflix adaptation? Now you need to catch up on Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper Volume One.

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Highly inventive, with intricate world building, intriguing characters and an action-packed plot, Rebel Skies is the magical debut YA fantasy from Anne Sei Lin.

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The YA debut from a hugely entertaining and original new voice, Ellie Pillai is Brown is a rollicking romcom about standing out, falling in love and following your heart.

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