Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy is told from the point of view of Miss Willowdean Dickson. Born and raised in Texas, Willowdean is the daughter of Rosie Dickson, a former Miss Teen Blue Bonnet who lives and breathes pageant life. Will isn’t about to follow in her mother’s footsteps though thanks to her weight. But what if she did? When Will and a group of other misfits decide to enter the pageant they embark on a journey where they learn more than pageant etiquette.
S.T.A.G.S by M. A Bennett is set in a private boarding school and follows Greer Macdonald as she begins her first scholarship year at the prestigious institute. Greer has moved from her public comprehensive school in Manchester to join the elite in a school that not only nurtures tradition but dies by it. She’s a misfit who finds herself isolated until she receives an invite for huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ from the Medievals (S.T.A.G.S prefects and popular kids) over half term weekend. But sometimes things truly are too good to be true…
Winger by Andrew Smith is set in Pine Mountain, a boarding school based in Portland, Oregon and follows the story of 14 year old Ryan Dean West. Ryan is the Winger on the school rugby team, intelligent enough to have skipped a grade and is madly in love with his best friend Annie Altman. Throughout this novel we get to take a glimpse into Ryan Dean’s life as he spends the year in Opportunity Hall – the dorms housing Pine Mountain’s local miscreants.
Title: One Of Us Is Lying
Author: Karen McManus
Release Date: June 1st 2017
Goodreads Blurb: Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again. He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.
My Rating: ★★★★
Leaving at 7 AM I made the hour trip to Hay-On-Wye to visit the Hay Festival. For those of you who don’t know the Hay Festival is a literary festival that invites writers to come and take part in readings and discussions. I have been wanting to attend for years and this year I finally took the plunge and booked some tickets.
A little side note about the tickets. So, I booked everything online through their official website. I originally booked for two events and all day parking. Unfortunately one of the events, featuring Patrick Ness, was cancelled. Hay were really prompt at sending out an email and letting everyone know that the even was cancelled, that we had been refunded and that they had organised a replacement event that we could book if we wished. I applaud them for their efficiency and organisation!