‘You Don’t Know Me But I Know You’ by Rebecca Barrow

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Published by Harper Teen!

Audrey Spencer doesn’t know it yet, but she’s been piecing her life together through her photographs. There’s her gorgeous, spiky best friend, Rose. Click. Her dreamy, steady musician boyfriend, Julian. Click. And her incredible and talented adoptive mother, Laura, who Audrey loves just as hard with or without shared DNA. Click And then, of course, there’s the rest of the girls. Maria, Jen and new girl Olivia. Click, click, click. As long as they stick together, everything is fine. Audrey even plans to pursue top art schools. However, when the events of 17 years ago start to repeat themselves, Audrey must make a number of difficult decisions. Does she want to keep the baby? Can Julian and her get through this in one piece? And does she want to read the letter her birth mother, Mandy, recently wrote her?

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12. 2017. (monthly look back)

Writing about December always makes me feel a bit back to front. The new year has started, yet here I am still dwelling over 2017. If we’re being honest here, I’m still dwelling over, like, 2014, but whatevs. Welcome to 2018, Most Ardently Alice. It’s a new, squeaky clean year, but let’s not get too het up on ‘new year, new me’ and all those changes that we’re meant to get crackin’ on. The whole thing is starting to put me a tad on edge, expecting something to finally give, to change. I don’t want to be disappointed, so 2018 (and beyond) is going to be all about taking my life into my own hands, and not counting on some concept of time. And this is where I’ll document it all, so here’s to more oversharing and my look back at gorgeous, wonderful December, the last month of 2017.

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The end of the year book tag

I call myself a book blogger, but here I am probably doing the first of any kind of bookish tag. Better late than never though, right? Allow me to indulge and talk about some of the titles I have loved and had some feelings on this year, and celebrate the incredible authors behind them. You guys are the bees knees and I’m thankful to have spent time losing myself in your pages.

Best book you’ve read in 2017

I expected this to be a difficult choice, but I don’t think anyone in their right mind who has read it cannot not say ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas. Focusing on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, this book is immensely of its time and oh so important. It’s such a strong and brilliant debut and I am excited for more #ownvoices, diverse reads from Angie Thomas in the future.

Honorary mentions go to ‘Freshers’ by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison for the hilarious and accurate portrayal of university life in the UK and, duh, ‘Moxie‘ by Jennifer Mathieu. Feminist zines, kickass punk movement and much more. Can I get a hell yes?

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A letter: 2017 edition

Hi, my name’s Alice. I’m twenty-three-years-old. And I am guilty of wishing time away. Looks like my wish may have finally come scarily true, because… where the heck did 2017 go? Yep, it’s that time of year where I write future me a letter, informing her of her progress and crossing all my fingers and toes that she is in an always happier, somehow better place. (If you want to read any of the letters from the last three years I’ve been doing this, I’ve linked the others at the end.) So, 2018 Alice, here’s the dealio.

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