Why ‘One of Us is Lying’ makes me uncomfortable

It’s hard to miss Karen McManus’ books in the YA section of your local bookshop. With their distinctive minimalist covers, they stand out. McManus has now written five books, including One of Us is Lying – her 2017 release and most popular book so far, with over 450,000 ratings on Goodreads. Its sequel, One ofContinue reading “Why ‘One of Us is Lying’ makes me uncomfortable”

Blog-Exclusive Review: The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill is a reimagining of The Little Mermaid. Branded as a story told through ‘a searing feminist lens… a book with the darkest of undercurrents’, it follows Gaia, the youngest daughter of The Sea King. She falls in love with a human boy and longs to find out what happenedContinue reading “Blog-Exclusive Review: The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill”

Bonus: Interview with Kay Kerr

In this special episode, we chat to Kay Kerr, author of Please Don’t Hug Me and the newly released Social Queue. Topics include: autism representation, Kay’s writing processes for both of her books, and self-care. We also discuss Please Don’t Hug Me in spoilery details in the second half of the episode (we’ll let youContinue reading “Bonus: Interview with Kay Kerr”

Blog-Exclusive Review: I Wish You All The Best

In this post, Priscilla wants to talk about I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver. This book is an honest and heartfelt portrait of coming out in the context of difficult and/or abusive family dynamics. The main character also wrestles with symptoms of anxiety and depression and starts therapy in the story. PleaseContinue reading “Blog-Exclusive Review: I Wish You All The Best”

S02E07. Darius The Great Is Not Okay

What can you do when you feel disconnected from your family, and your culture? Darius is a ‘fractional Persian’, and speaks better Klingon than Farsi. And his first trip to Iran is about to change his life. In this episode, we chat about Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. We discuss whatContinue reading “S02E07. Darius The Great Is Not Okay”

S02E06. You Should See Me in a Crown

Would you run for prom king/queen? There is nothing Liz Lightly would like less, but she’s willing to do whatever it takes to win a scholarship, even if it means facing her fear of the spotlight. With special guests, Hallie and Allie from the Read It, Next podcast, we chat about anxiety representation, cute romance,Continue reading “S02E06. You Should See Me in a Crown”

Bonus: Interview with Wai Chim

For our February bonus episode, we welcome a very special guest! We chat to author Wai Chim about her book, The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling. Topics include: writing about mental health issues in Asian families, flawed but well-intentioned characters, introvert representation, and self-care. The first half of the episode is spoiler-free (we letContinue reading “Bonus: Interview with Wai Chim”

S01E05 – Small Spaces

What if the things you remember never happened? More importantly, what if no one believes your version of events? In this episode, we (or rather, Priscilla) step right out of our (her) reading comfort zone and discuss Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein, a unputdownable psychological thriller. Small Spaces follows Tash Carmody who has has beenContinue reading “S01E05 – Small Spaces”