Charlie’s angels

The perks of being a wallflower ~ Stephen Chbosky

Hey bookworms! I’ve finally read the masterpiece that is The perks of being a wallflower and oh how glad I am that I did. When I was little I read a lot of cringy high school books, but this one is aimed at an older audience so tackles a wider range of more important subjects that honestly need to be given more attention in schools. But yeah, less ranting about how terrible schools are at dealing with stuff and more ranting about Charlie and this book and how he dealt with stuff.

As Charlie, a wallflower, reserved but attentive, begins his freshman year of high school, he develops an unlikely friendship with a group of seniors who help him navigate the complexities of high school life, introducing him to a world of vibrant culture. However Charlie is numbed by the loss in his past and over time his closest friends – Sam and Patrick – must teach him how to feel again, but most of all how to step away from the sidelines and experience life to the fullest.

Ahhhh this book! Honestly a work of art. Unlike many high schoolish books, this one actually made me think about stuff when I put it down. Crazy, right?? As aforementioned, it discussed loads of teenish topics from social anxiety and suicide to friendship and sexuality all in a relatively smol book, written as letters from Charlie to a stranger so we were right inside Charlie’s brainforest (eek my favourite word), feeling everything he was feeling. Being a wallflower, it was kind of easy for Charlie to be treated like a puppy, which I felt he was quite a lot throughout the book especially as his friends were pretty much all older than him. But being inside Charlie’s head the whole time was so incredibly interesting and insightful because it showed every little thing he saw and thought and felt that the other characters were unaware of. I was so immersed in the story because Charlie was so well-written, and surprisingly relatable despite being a pretty outgoing muffin myself, always wanting to have a say in everything. Charlie constantly had a lot on his mind about love and life and all the deep things, but he’d only really open up about all of it in his letters which created a stronger bond between him and the reader, or at least that’s how I felt.

I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.

By the end of the book Charlie really felt like a friend and *sniffs* I’m going to miss him… I loved his lil quirks, especially his repetition of the word ‘incidentally’ (seriously it was in almost every letter, ’twas adorable don’t ask me why) and the phrase ‘and that was enough’ as well, which just showed how much he appreciated everything in his life and aw I just wanted to squish him every time he said it.

Also we must talk about Charlie’s family because aaaak his relationship with them was just the sweetest lil thing. His parents were actually nice? And alive? But not creepily overprotective? But also not neglectful? And he actually got on with his siblings? Like, thank you Stephen Chbosky because this is pretty rare in YA. Sam and Patrick were angels too – hence the title of this post – and I loved how unique and loving each of Charlie’s friends were. Just hugs and cookies all round.

I watched the film about a year before I read the book I think? So I couldn’t really remember the storyline, other than the fact that it made me sob an ocean or two but I didn’t actually cry in the book. I’m thinking my heart may have been shipped to Antarctica and then been mailed back cold and frozen in the space between watching the film and reading the book. Who even knows what adventures my heart has been on, but I sure went on an adventure reading this book even if my heart was a bit icy. A cute, slightly cringy tale of love and all that gobbledygook* that I’d recommend to anyone who has a heart but wants it shredded.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (9/10)

*I just looked up where the word ‘gobbledygook’ comes from and well…

What exactly is gobbledygook, and where does the word come from? Texas Congressman Maury Maverick coined the word in 1944 to describe the frustrating jargon used by policymakers in Washington. It reminded him of the sound of turkeys gobbling.

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Family, friendship and other fluff

Where Dandelions Grow ~ Lydia Howe

Heyy all. Guess what I’m finally posting? That’s right: the eARC review of Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe! Taken me awhile, I know, but it’s never too late to review a book, right? Unless it’s a review copy… which this is… *awkward cough* um, thanks for the copy Lydia! I did post a review in time on goodreads, but still this review is shamefully late, so apologies all round. But let’s not dwell too much on my tardiness and instead get on with the review.

Onward we go, to a place where dandelions grow…

(Oh snap, that rhyme was so unintentional, I couldn’t be more proud of myself.)

Determined to discover the locations of her cousins – Lexie, Teal and Kamryn – and the reason behind their separation as kids, Destiny returns to her childhood town, Swallow Ridge. 11 years after being uprooted from there by her mother, Destiny has been living by the rule that she must never speak of Swallow Ridge or her cousins again. But why? In her search for the truth, Destiny uncovers a deeper history than she imagined, but she’s confident she can finally bring peace to her family. Is it possible, though, if her mother is insistent on shunning her family forever? As Destiny begins to accept her parents and what they’ve done, she also gradually opens a doorway for God to enter her life, trusting that he will aid her on her path of mending something that should’ve been mended long ago…

Ok so, I loved this book. I’m not even saying that because it’s a review copy – I did genuinely adore it. For me, it ticked all the boxes. Destiny, the main character, was sooo relatable, I don’t think any book character has made me say ‘same’ so many times in one book. Even the smallest things like the pain of braces and having to cut up apples or growing up watching Anne of Green Gables, or praying in your mind that the person across the counter won’t start a conversation, or acting out scenes from your story before writing them… From time to time I found the inside of Destiny’s brainforest slightly odd or annoying, but then I realised that Destiny is just like me (well, very similar to me), making me like this book 64029% more than I already did because I felt such a connection with Destiny, which is really important for a reader.

I loooooved the chemistry between Destiny and her cousins too; their relationship felt so normal. As characters they were very different and unique, a rare occurrence in a book with four girls at the centre of the plot. Teal was definitely my favourite because she’s just so cute, especially with her cello, Charlie. YEP, YOU HEARD ME RIGHT. SHE NAMED HER CELLO. If she got any cuter she’d be my cat wearing a Christmas jumper. I also really liked how Destiny’s relationship with her family developed, and how at the end you know it will continue to do so. The mother-daughter relationship Destiny had with her mum was so complex but understandable, how she resented her mother but realised she had been through what Destiny had been through and the whole plot behind that was so well done. The whole family aspect really made this book the awesomeness that it is.

The writing was another ticked box: easy to read but not too simple, it just flowed so beautifully with an even mix of description and dialogue. ALSO THE ENDING WAS MY FAVEEEE. ‘Twas enough to satisfy me, being a good ending without need of a sequel or epilogue. The sprinkle of flashbacks from Destiny’s past were a nice touch, too.

I learned a lot from this book, but it was in no way preachy. And how dandelions were weaved in like that? At first I kinda thought that the title was irrelevant to the story, but with the flashbacks you begin to realise that the whole book is centred around just one, beautiful weed. Isn’t that cool? You’ll understand how if you read it 😉 Also, 10 extra points for avoiding romance as best as possible, and instead focusing on family.

But why didn’t you give this book 10/10 clovers, Simi? (As you may have caught sight of my clover count below.) Excellent question there, Frank. It may have ticked all the boxes, but as a book, Where Dandelions Grow lacked shabang – it was short and sweet and made me smile, but not sweet enough that I passed out, ya know?

I have a lot left to say for such a short book, but for now: amazing read, not too long, would recommend to anyone of all ages. Go read now please thank you and goodbye.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (9/10)

A stroll through sun and storm

The Scorch Trials ~ James Dashner

Heyy y’all! Recently I’ve been reading The Maze Runner trilogy and it’s so much EXCITEMENT. I’m also rereading A Series of Unfortunate Events, which is only the most significant series on this blog, being the first I ever reviewed. The last time I read this series was 3 YEARS AGO, peeps, and I can’t go another year without it. And also watching the Netflix show has made me miss it. I’ll probably post a review for the entire series when I’m done rereading it, so keep yo eyes peeled for that.

Also, I found this quote in a Neil Gaiman book that I only read one page of in school but the quote just jumped out at me so:

I knew how to visit the creatures who would never be sighted in the zoos or the museum or the woods. They were waiting for me in books and in stories, after all, hiding inside the twenty-six characters and a handful of punctuation marks. These letters and words, when placed in the right order, would conjure all manner of exotic beasts and people from the shadows, would reveal the motives and minds of insects and of cats. They were spells, spelled with words to make worlds, waiting for me, in the pages of books.

Beautiful, am I right? Anyways, as I said, I’m currently reading The Maze Runner trilogy and today I’m reviewing the second book, The Scorch Trials! (Here’s my review for the first book.)

After escaping the maze with his friends, Thomas thought that would be the end of the experiments, that they’d go home and live normal lives again. But after Teresa mysteriously disappears, replaced by new boy Aris and all the people who rescued the Gladers from WICKED are discovered dead, Thomas knows that their trials aren’t over just yet. And when some well-dressed, rat-faced guy appears, telling the Gladers that they have the Flare – a disease that makes you cannibalistic – and the only way to be cured is to travel across a huge desert to a safe haven in just a matter of weeks, Thomas and his friends have no choice but to obey orders and take part in WICKED’s experiments once again.

This book was very, very average. Honestly I think that’s the best way to describe it. I was a lil disappointed because it was nowhere near as good as the first book, but I guess that’s because the first book in a trilogy is always exciting, as you’re introduced to a new world and new characters, the last book is the finale so it’s gripping right to the last word, but the second book is just there to fill in the gap. Obviously sequels can be really good, and there are many great ones out there but, in my opinion, this book wasn’t really one of them.

I liked Thomas and Teresa a lot less in this book, because most of the plot was centred around them and, as a result, there wasn’t enough of my darlings Newt and Minho which means I’m a very displeased pineapple because they’re my favourite characters. They literally had 20 lines between them. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but they were always being separated from Thomas whose brainforest the whole book is told from so they were hardly in it and I’m upset.

My squishies were pretty much replaced by Brenda, the girl who Thomas meets in the crazy people town, soooooo I ended up not liking her very much. I really, really don’t like how there have been only two significant female characters so far in the trilogy and Thomas falls for both of them. One minute he likes how Brenda ‘held his hand’ or ‘rested her beautifully-scented head upon his shoulder’ and then he feels guilty about it because he still has feelings for Teresa?? But then he regrets pulling away from Brenda? Like bro, please stop. You’re being chased by crazy people who want to eat your nose, you’re separated from your friends and you have a deadline to meet but all you’re thinking about is girls. C’mon dude, this is a dystopia, not some fluffy high school contemporary. PULL YASELF TOGETHER, THOMAS.

Buuuuut I didn’t overall hate this book. Sure, there was a lot of walking which we all know I hate, but the pacing was still alright, and the writing didn’t let me down. The ending did seem pretty parallel to the first book (as did kinda the whole story, just not as good) but I’m still super hyped for book 3!! I already know two people who die because I’m the spoiler queen and I’m NOT READY. DON’T DO THIS TO MY FEELS, PLEASE JAMES DASHNER, PLEASE.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣ (6/10)

The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Maze Runner ~ James Dashner

Remember, back in September, when I reviewed The Battle of the Labyrinth and named the post The Maze Runner because I thought I was funny? Well it turns out I still think I’m funny. And for anyone who’s wondering what the apple pies is going on, I’m reviewing The Maze Runner, not The Battle of the Labyrinth, but you can read my review for that here

When Thomas arrives in the Glade via a lift called the Box, all he remembers is his first name. He’s welcomed by a group of boys who call themselves Gladers – they explain to Thomas that they’ve all lost their memories and have been trapped in the Glade, an expanse of land surrounded by a towering maze that they must solve to escape. For two years, the Gladers have been keeping order, trying to survive and a small handful of them trying to escape by learning the maze’s patterns to figure out a way home, but so far with no luck. Every night, the doors into the maze close and the Grievers – terrifying half creatures half machines – roam the maze. Three days after Thomas arrives, the first girl ever enters the Glade and that’s when everything begins to change, when the weekly supplies stop arriving and when, one night, the doors to the maze don’t close…

So, I definitely get why this book is so hyped. ‘TIS MAGNIFICENT. I didn’t really realise or appreciate how excellent the book really is until the plot behind the maze and why they’re all there began to slowly come into focus. It was just so so clever and it made me understand why the book is one of the most popular YA novels of our generation. SO GOOD PEEPS.

The writing was a lil tricky at the start because it felt very thick with description, but I quickly got used to it and soon the story was flowing beautifully. I think the reason why I got used to it early on is because the writing style felt very similar to my own – I’m big on describing every little detail at the very start, but gradually the descriptions calm themselves and flow smoothly, the details becoming less crowded. The short chapters also helped the story to spill freely, keeping me drawn in, especially when almost every chapter ended on a cliffhanger and I just had to read on before I burst with suspense. Sometimes I was petrified just to turn the page over. This book grabbed hold of all of my feelings and I felt so immersed in the world, I could hardly escape it.

Most of the reviews I read before reading the book complained about the language the Gladers use: ‘klunk’, ‘shuck’, ‘shank’ etc… but for some reason the words just made the story more enjoyable? I adored the way they spoke, Newt particularly, and these words they all used because it just added to their character as well as to this world that we’re not familiar with. I know authors put these words in books to replace worse words and make it more suitable for young people and all that, but for me it really just made the Glade so much more interesting and the fact that Thomas didn’t recognise the words made me as a reader understand how Thomas felt not knowing anything about his old life or the new one he has to live in the Glade. It’s a very small aspect of the story, but made a big difference to me.

So, Simi, what are your thoughts on Thomas? Well that’s a great question. And the answer is: I don’t really know. He was likeable I guess, although it was infuriating at the beginning when he was asking loads of questions, then getting all worked up about it. I know if I went to the Glade, I’d be just as confused but bruh you don’t have to shout at people on every other page!! Maybe the author was trying to make us understand how confusing and aggravating it would be to lose all your memories and be dumped in the middle of a maze you’re forced to solve, but that didn’t stop it from annoying the french fries out of me. Buuuuut when he finally shut up I began to like his character a bit more. Although him and the girl, Teresa? Eh, I wasn’t really feeling it. Their relationship felt a bit awkward and angst-y and I didn’t like it much. Don’t get me wrong though, I did like Teresa and I’m excited to learn more about her. She reminded me a bit of Annabeth, the classic badass heroine who ‘don’t need no man’ (but still ends up with one… OH WELL).

And it wasn’t just the similarities between Teresa and Annabeth that gave me a hint of nostalgia…

Minho nodded and faced the crowd. “Be careful,” he said dryly. “Don’t die.”

“Great. We’re all bloody inspired,” Newt answered.

Sounds a bit familiar…

“Greeks!” Percy yelled. “Let’s, um, fight stuff!” They yelled like banshees and charged.

Memories… *sniffs*

Speaking of Newt and Minho (having a crisis because HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE MINHO PLEASE HELP); they were definitely my favourite characters, followed by Chuck. They were all just the cutest, Newt and Minho being all badass and confident and argh I love them soooo much, and Chuck was just adorable and so brave for his young age. All three were Thomas’ friends even when everyone else was against him… my squishy heart belongs to them all. And I know Alby, the leader, wasn’t that great a person, but I totally ship him and Newt to the end.

That ending… it was probably my least favourite part of the book because eh, it wasn’t exactly boring, I just didn’t like it much. I mean, that might have been because it BROKE MY SOUL (yes, I’ve become Voldemort). Many tears were shed, many hearts melted, MANY PEOPLE KILLED. I’m a river of feels. The River Simi, in fact. It may take me a few centuries and tubs of ice cream to recover.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (9/10)

My first ever fairytale retelling??

A Dream Not Imagined ~ Shantelle Mary Hannu

Heyy y’all, today I’m reviewing A Dream Not Imagined which I’ve wanted to read for so long now, mainly because I don’t think I’ve ever read a Cinderella retelling, or any fairytale retelling for that matter. I wanted so badly to check one out because I love fairytales (blame Disney) sooooo here I am, reviewing, as far as I’m aware, my first ever fairytale retelling. Cue flailing, excited screaming of Disney songs and maybe a few flying glass slippers here and there…

Ellie Abbington has always wanted more than her dull life as a maid for her upper class family, has always longed to escape and live happily ever after, far from her stepmother and stepsisters. And it looks like her dream might come true, very soon… When a handsome prince arrives in town, Ellie seizes her chance to meet him with hopes that he might, just might, be her escape. But it just so happens that her stepsisters are after the very same prince and a ball is being thrown so that the prince can select a wife. How can Ellie compete with her wealthy sisters? However, when Ellie is permitted by her stepmother to attend the ball, all hopes of a happily ever after are crushed by the prince himself, a man who is not all Ellie thought he would be. Who is there left to trust now that her dreams have been ruined? Distraught at the turnout of the ball, Ellie is confronted by an elderly maid who encourages her to turn to God instead. Following the wise maid’s advice, Ellie puts her trust in God, and her life begins to change…

So, I didn’t hugely like this book. I liked how, by the end, Ellie realised that having a rich husband isn’t the most important thing in the world, so I guess there’s a good message behind it all, but I didn’t really like the actual plot or the characters.

In regards to the storyline, it was original with the horrible Prince Charming and the charming peasant boy; buuut still predictable. I felt like the whole ‘duchess’ concept was just included to emphasise how awful the prince really was, but otherwise was pretty unnecessary.

Ellie’s backstory wasn’t wholly believable either. Um, who abducts an innocent child just because their father rejected you, even though what you had was only a fling?? I honestly think Lady Abbington (Ellie’s stepmother) is insane. And Lord Abbington, wasn’t much better. I thought this was going to be a pretty lighthearted, squishy lil romance, with a twist on the original tale, but the writer literally says that Lord Abbington abused Ellie. The worst part is that it was only subtly slipped in once, and then there was nothing else said on the matter. He could be sent to prison for assault, but Ellie didn’t seem phased by it at all throughout the story. I just think that, if you’re not going to put some emotion and maybe a bit of detail on how it really impacted Ellie, then there’s no point just adding the fact that she was abused as a side note.

Ellie instinctively jumped back and grabbed for a weapon, remembering Thomas Abbington’s tendency for physical violence toward her.

That’s literally all it said. No elaboration whatsoever.

And the Duke? He was just annoying and pushy and, in my opinion, wasn’t much of an improvement from the Abbingtons.

Also the Prince was THE WORST but he obviously has to be that way for the sake of the story. I liked how him being horrible was proof to Ellie that some dreams, like marrying rich princes, really aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. The Prince wasn’t the classic gentleman and, although I didn’t like him at all, I liked the twist on his character. Buuuut then that handed the charming role over to Rowen, the peasant boy. I know he was sweet, but he seemed almost unrealistically kind to Ellie that he did slightly annoy me, which sounds a bit pathetic, I know. Although I can’t really complain because he was probably the only good character. What I did want was a little more backstory on him. I know the book is a novella, but Rowen was a pretty underdeveloped character and just seemed to me the sweet lil guy to fill in the gap for the classic ‘happily ever after’. Also, rushing into things much at the end?? But, again, it’s a novella, I GET IT PEEPS.

What about Ellie herself, you ask? Well, I know she’s a maid and is allowed crazy, ambitious dreams, but there are better dreams than just marrying a wealthy, handsome prince. Although I liked how her dreams changed, she still seemed slightly simple minded and dull throughout. I definitely wanted more on the stepsisters though. And, um, where did the other maids go?? It’s a novella, I KNOW, but I wish the writer had focused more on developing the secondary characters instead of the whole ‘duchess’ backstory.

Overall, it was a lil dull in places, with a pretty cheesy romance that was slightly predictable BUT I didn’t completely hate the book!! It did have an enjoyable writing style – meaning that I’d definitely read another one of the author’s books – it was just this particular story that I didn’t like very much. It has, however, prompted me to find more retellings so YAY.

Which retelling should I read next? Have you read A Dream Not Imagined? If you haven’t, then do immediately right now straight away and tell me whether you like it or not! Spill all the thoughts.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣ (5/10)

Cover reveal ~ Lightporter by C.B. Cook

Hey bookworms. Today I’m just doing a short post but it’s an exciting one!! Your kitten socks just fell off it’s so exciting. Yes, it’s really happening, Lightporter by C.B. Cook is about to be released!! BUT NOT YET SO STOP SQUEALING. However you can squeal a teeny bit because the cover has just been released and it’s beautiful argh I love it. Firstly, here is its brother, Twinepathy.

Yes, awesome I know. BUT EVEN MORE AWESOME, HERE IS LIGHTPORTER!!

I like the first book cover, but just look at this one. LOOK AT IT. It’s simple and distinguished and the colours are so so beautiful. I love how the mask has taken a more cunning sort of look, if you know what I mean. ARGH IT JUST SO PRETTY.

I feel like I’m not worthy to be posting this because, although I have Twinepathy on my kindle, I am yet to read it. Treacherous, I know. But my excuse is that I’m awaiting the release of Lightporter so I can read them back-to-back, as is my habit.

Goodreads: Twinepathy and Lightporter

Amazon: Twinepathy (and for fellow Brits, here’s the Amazon UK link)

C.B. Cook: blog, pinterest, goodreads

IDIA: pinterest (group board)

GO BUY TWINEPATHY RIGHT NOW AND DON’T FORGET TO BUY LIGHTPORTER TOO WHEN IT COMES OUT IN SEPTEMBER!! What do you think of the cover?? Have you read Twinepathy?

Mini reviews ~ Michael Morpurgo

Heyy all. This month I decided to read a few of the gazillion Morpurgo books that have been waiting on my bookshelf to be read for a couple decades because they were feeling a bit unloved. The ones I read are more like stories actually being told to you than books, which makes them all pretty short, so I’m doing mini reviews for them in one post. Hope you enjoy!

Little Manfred

Who knew that one small wooden dog could have so much history behind it? When two mysterious men turn up on a beach, young Charley and Alex are determined to find out how their lives have intersected before. But for that, they will need to go back twenty years, to WWII and the people from opposing sides of the war that it brought together.


I read this book a long time ago and adored it, and still do now. It’s just such an incredible story of the war and, through all of its horrors, the smidgen of good that came out of it. The book is told in different parts: how the two pairs meet, the story the two men tell the children, their reunion with the children’s mother, and how after so many years, they can all finally let their wounds of the past heal. As we all know, I love a good war book with flashbacks and individual stories of how the war impacted people in so many different ways. A wonderful story told with wonderful illustrations. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

Billy the Kid

80-year-old Billy is sitting on a park bench, watching a football match and reminiscing about the days when he was out there, on the pitch, scoring goals for Chelsea. That was before he was torn from his home and family to the terrors of war. From playing football to the chants of “Billy, Billy the Kid!” to kicking a ball around with fellow soldiers in a prisoner-of-war camp, Billy never loses the hope of some day returning to the pitch. But to do that, he has to escape the camp and wander across Italy’s countryside to France, to the Americans, to safety, and it’s going to take more than a few football tricks to achieve.


Even though it’s about football which I’m not particularly a fan of, this book was probably my favourite of the four, maybe because it was just about one person and their experiences. I know most of these books don’t have very many characters either, but this book felt a lot more personal and I liked that. Billy told the whole truth, his flaws and his strengths, although there wasn’t much room for emotion, which is the one thing really missing from a book about war and life and death and family and friendship; but I shall accept it because in this type of story when it’s being told to you, there isn’t meant to be much emotion. Also, the young couple who let Billy live in their house after the war were so squishy-hearted and I’d love a lil story on how they met and their lives as kids and all that. I must write to Morpurgo immediately. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

The Dancing Bear

This is the tale of an orphan girl who finds a bear cub in the mountains where she lives, and the story of them growing up together. When a film crew arrive to shoot a music video in the village where they live, the now very large, grizzly bear is asked to dance in it. But how can you persuade a bear to dance?


This book was the shortest and because of that, it was probably my least favourite? The characters were slightly dull, but maybe that was just because there wasn’t much space for them to grow, in a sense. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable though; the drawings were beautiful and I loved how the story was told. Bruno, the bear, was the cutest and I want a pet bear please now so we can run away together, into the mountains and escape the horrible human things of the world. BEARS ARE JUST SO CUTE ARGH. I mean, when they’re not, you know, trying to eat your face and all. Overall, this is a beautiful but sad little tale of friendship told in a lovely way, as expected from Morpurgo. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (7/10)

Farm Boy

Young, um do they even tell us his name? I honestly don’t think he has one. I shall just call him Phil. So, young Phil feels most at home when he’s on his Grandpa’s farm down in Devon, driving his Grandpa’s tractor. But there’s a deeper meaning to why this tractor is the pride and joy of the family, and Phil is longing to discover what it is. Grandpa’s stories have always been one of his favourite things, along with raindrops on roses, obviously, and this summer, Grandpa might just tell him a tale, or even two, that he’ll never forget.


YES I KNOW THIS IS THE SEQUEL TO WAR HORSE WHICH I HAVEN’T READ BECAUSE I’M AN AWFUL HUMAN BEING. But who even needs to read War Horse when you can read Farm Boy in which Phil’s Grandpa basically summarises it in 10 pages at the start?? If you’re confused, Phil’s Grandpa is the son of Albert from War Horse, and Farm Boy, thought it never specifies when it’s set, is probably sometime in the 21st century. I love Devon and all things to do with farms seeing as farms and I have a close connection and always end up living very close to one another? So we know each other intimately. I also loved the characters and (mild spoiler) how Phil taught his Grandpa to read and it was just the cutest lil thing because I love my grandparents and there is a lot of grandparent appreciation in this. YAY FOR GRANDPARENT APPRECIATION. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

There you have it peoples! I feel like shorter books like these are more difficult to review than larger books because there really isn’t much to talk about?? But I did still enjoy these stories. Short and sweet, right? What do you think about short stories?