The Knife that Killed Me by Anthony McGowan

The Knife that Killed Me by Anthony McGowan

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A dark, brutally honest story with a message, a very strong message that the level of violence can escalate within seconds when a weapon is brought into the mix.

It is possible that the knife that kills is not only the knife in hand, banished as a weapon –  but also the one tucked away in your pocket, carried for security, to use if necessary. For it is this ‘in case’ weapon that makes the carrier hyper aware of danger, possibly more likely to attack when a more passive response may have been sufficient to defuse the situation.

This is not really the type of book I enjoy reading, violence and bullying that I would rather pretend never happens. But it does…  to someone. Every day.4 Star

Recommended Age: 13+


The Knife that Killed Me

Author: Anthony McGowan
Publication Date: 11 October 2011
Publisher: Simon & SchusterKnife that Killed Me
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Paul Vanderman could be at any normal high school where bullies, girls, and annoying teachers are just part of life. But “normal” doesn’t apply when it comes to the school’s biggest bully, Roth—a twisted and threatening thug with an evil agenda.

When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but somehow Roth keeps finding reasons for him to stick around. Then one day Roth hands him a knife. And even though Paul is scared, he has never felt so powerful. — Extract from Goodreads.com

From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer: YA Book Review

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Told from the perspective of four different characters whose voices are heard in alternating chapters this story ripples with adventure, fun and emotion.

The two main characters, who are not only from opposite sides of the social divide but have totally different personalities and outlooks, find themselves thrown together in a whirlwind while unexpectedly (and illegally) crossing the Mexican border. The supporting characters are no less entertaining and this story unravels their secrets as their lives are revealed layer by layer.

Expect to be drawn into the turmoil, flung about and come out the other side with a smile.5 Star

Recommended Age: 12+


Authors:
Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Publication Date:
7 January 2013 (first published May 15th 2012)
Publisher:
Disney-HyperionFrom What I
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KYLIE: Mexico? What a nightmare! I should be putting the finishing touches on my valedictorian speech. Graduation is TODAY! Wait! Is this a wedding band on my finger??
— Extract from Goodreads.com

This is a light-hearted comedy which I absolutely loved! But don’t be fooled into thinking its just candyfloss – this story has unexpected depth…

Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Live Through This by Mindi Scott 

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I really liked this book. Coley is barely coping with life while trying to hide a deep dark secret. The facade starts to crack as her relationship with Reece develops and layer by layer she is exposed until she can’t keep it together anymore. A totally unexpected twist at the end left me gasping!4 Star

Recommended Age: 14+

Live Through This
Author: Mindi Scott
Publication Date: 2 October 2013Live through this
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Purchased
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From the outside, Coley Sterling’s life seems pretty normal. It’s not perfect—her best friend is seriously mad at her and her dance team captains keep giving her a hard time but Reece, her crush, helps distract her and she has a great family to fall back on. But Coley has a lot of secrets. She won’t admit that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully-crafted façade, that for     years she’s been burying the shame and guilt over a relationship that crossed the line. — Extract from Goodreads.com                 

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