Tuesday 19 February 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Deserve More Goodreads Ratings

I don’t usually do Top Ten Tuesdays, at least I haven’t for a good few years because me keeping up with a weekly feature just wasn’t going to happen. HOWEVER. This week’s theme was calling out to me because there’s nothing I love more than shoving my personal fave hidden gems down people’s throats. Here are ten books from my Goodreads shelf that somehow still have less than 2000 ratings (and I’m very mad about it). 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

 10. Minty by Christina Banach
Fourteen-year old twins Minty and Jess are inseparable. Maybe they bicker now and then, even crave a bit of space once in a while. But they have a connection. Unbreakable. Steadfast. Nothing can tear them apart. Until a family trip to the coast puts their bond in jeopardy. As Minty tries to rescue her dog from drowning she ends up fighting for her life. Will Minty survive? If she doesn't, how will Jess cope without her? Only the stormy sea has the answer.
This is a prime example of why people shouldn’t sleep on indie books. I read Minty a few years ago and it ended up being one of my faves from that year. I’m always a fan of stories that focus less on romance and more of the bonds of friendships and families, and this book delivers that and more. 

9. The Girl in the Broken Mirror by Savita Kalhan
Jay's creative writing exercise is to write a fairy tale, to end with 'they lived happily ever after'. But the way her life is panning out she's not sure it will ever reach that stage. A powerful moving gripping story which explores themes of family, loyalty and culture clash but is ultimately about hope and understanding.  
I can’t stress enough how important stories like this are. It’s a tough read, but it teaches so much. Again, it’s a small story that deserves a lot more recognition because it opens up conversations that people are too afraid to have. 

8. A Boy Like Me by Jennie Wood
Born a girl, Peyton Honeycutt meets Tara Parks in the eighth grade bathroom shortly after he gets his first period. It is the best and worst day of his life. Determined to impress Tara, Peyton sets out to win her love by mastering the drums and basketball. He takes on Tara’s small-minded mother, the bully at school, and the prejudices within his conservative hometown. In the end, Peyton must accept and stand up for who he is or lose the woman he loves.
THIS BOOK. A Boy Like Me is one of the first trans stories that I had the chance to read as a blogger and it opened up a whole new world of diverse literature me. I’m always recommending stories like this one as often as I can now. This is another independent book that is just as amazing as any story you’ll read from a big publisher. 

7. Damage by Eve Ainsworth
How can you heal if you can't face your past? Confident, popular Gabi has a secret - a secret so terrible she can't tell her family, or her best friend. She can't even take pleasure in her beloved skateboarding any more. And then one day an impulse turns to something darker. Gabi has never felt so alone. But then she learns that not everyone has wounds you can see. A searing look at self-harm and acceptance from hugely talented author Eve Ainsworth. Warning: includes content that some readers may find upsetting. 
Self-harm is something that has affected people close to me and finding stories like this means a lot. It’s not something I see discussed in YA nearly enough. This book provides an open and honest discussion about self-harm and what it can do.  

6. Super Awkward by Beth Garrod
15-year-old Bella Fisher is an absolute winner ... at failing at life. When she's not unknowingly snogging her teacher's son in front of her mum, she's accidentally revealing her best mates' biggest secrets online. Bella's life is spinning into catastrophe. But will she be able to piece it back together in time for prom?
The amount of times this book made me laugh alone is a reason for it to be included on my list. I used to thrive off funny stories when I was a teen and stories like this one are helping me to rediscover the genres I used to love so much. 

5. The Everest Files by Matt Dickinson
Ryan is on a gap year adventure, working for a medical charity in Nepal. When a local girl begs him to investigate why her sixteen-year-old friend Kami never came back from Everest, Ryan cannot resist the challenge.

A solo journey takes Ryan deep into the mountains where his detective work finally pays off. What emerges is a shocking tale of lies, betrayal and obsession.

All played out on the lethal slopes of the highest mountain in the world.

Little by little Ryan is falling under Everest’s deadly spell.
When I came across this series, I was looking for something out of my comfort zone because as a YA blogger, I read a lot of the same type of stuff. So many similar plots and characters can get a little dull after a while. The Everest Files is completely different to the books I normally pick up and gave me an epic new adventure to follow. 

4. Vanilla by Billy Merrell
Hunter and Van become boyfriends before they're even teenagers, and stay a couple even when adolescence intervenes. But in high school, conflict arises -- mostly because Hunter is much more comfortable with the sex part of sexual identity. As the two boys start to realize that loving someone doesn't guarantee they will always be with you, they find out more about their own identities -- with Hunter striking out on his own while Van begins to understand his own asexuality.
 ASEXUAL MAIN CHARACTER. NEED I SAY MORE? I was crying out for asexual stories when I came across Vanilla and I’m so glad I had the chance to read it. Not only is it the diverse story of my dreams, but it’s told in the most beautiful way, through poems.

3. The Island by Olivia Levez
Frances is alone on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She has to find water and food. She has to survive. And when she is there she also thinks about the past. The things that she did before. The things that made her a monster. Nothing is easy. Survival is hard and so is being honest about the past. Frances is a survivor however, and with the help of the only other crash survivor, she sees that the future is worth fighting for.
I lost so much sleep for this book. I remember checking the time at 1:30am just as things were starting to get super serious in the story, knowing I wasn’t going to be putting it down any soon. My sleep deprived self had no regrets in the morning though because this book was WONDERFUL.

2. Margot & Me by Juno Dawson
Fliss's mum needs peace and quiet to recuperate from a long illness, so they both move to the countryside to live with Margot, Fliss's stern and bullying grandmother. Life on the farm is tough and life at school is even tougher, so when Fliss unearths Margot's wartime diary, she sees an opportunity to get her own back.

But Fliss soon discovers Margot's life during the evacuation was full of adventure, mystery . . . and even passion. What's more, she learns a terrible secret that could tear her whole family apart . . .
I love Juno Dawson and I love stories that are split between two different time periods, so this was a perfect combination for me. How this book doesn’t have more ratings is beyond me. IT DESERVES SO MUCH LOVE.The characters are adorable and the story will have you hooked. 

1. Noah Can't Even by Simon James Green
Poor Noah Grimes!

His dad disappeared years ago, his mother's Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran isn't herself anymore. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is...Well, it's pure HELL.

Why can't Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone - maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely - he'd be seen in a different light?

But Noah's plans for romance are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That's when things go from bad to worse utter chaos.
I’m sipping my Loving Noah Juice again. Everyone must be so tired of me mentioning this book in every possible blog post by now BUT IT’S NOT MY FAULT, OKAY? It’s one of my favourites, so obviously I’m going to whine about how it needs more ratings. 

What are your favourite books that don't get the love they deserve? Let me know! 

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