April 11th, 2017


New books

The State of Grace, Rachael Lucas
A Very English Scandal, John Preston
Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love, James Runcie
I read all three courtesy of the publishers and NetGalley.

‘Sometimes I feel like everyone else was handed a copy of the rules for life and mine got lost.’ The words of the narrator, fifteen-year-old Grace, who has Asperger’s. The syndrome makes life difficult for Grace, her mother (father is away a lot) and her teachers. What I liked about this book and hope younger readers will like too, is that it’s so not an issues book about Asperger’s. Grace’s problems with school (nasty girls), boys (and a first kiss), home when things start to change and her ‘perfect’ sister gets into trouble, could be those of any teenager. Grace certainly does some silly things and it’s easy to see how people could get angry with her. Again, this could be any teenager. What I liked best about The State of Grace is that it’s funny. It’s published by Macmillan Children’s Books
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