Thursday, 18 June 2015

Only We Know by Simon Packham

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 229
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Released: 4th of June 2015

What is the secret of Lauren's past?

Lauren's family have moved house very suddenly, and she and her sister Tilda have to go to a new school. Lauren's determined to reinvent herself, but she's panic-stricken when she sees Harry, who she knew a few years ago. Luckily Harry doesn't recognise her, and she knows she has to make sure it stays like that. 

Lauren, unlike Tilda, settles in well. She makes friends, is helping to organise the school fashion show, and has boys asking her out. But just as her life finally seems to be looking up she starts receiving macabre packages. When she gets a message: 'Isn't it time your new friends knew all about you?' she has to admit that someone knows her secret. But who - and what should she do? 

What I Have to Say 

This book is really hard to review because I want to shout out to the heavens about the diversity and the LGBT representation in it. But I can't. Because it's a spoiler. Hence why I've been fairly vague in my terms. I know that there are people reading this who would definitely want to go and pick it up right away if they knew what I meant though. People like me, who guessed the reveal from very early on. 

I can talk about Lauren's character though, which was brilliant. I really warmed to her and how she felt. She was the sort of person who knows what she wants and although she's afraid that things will go bad if she goes for it, she still does. Because she is brave and strong. 

I also really liked the relationship between her and her sister. A relationship that has been damaged by what they've been through and the secret that the family are trying to hide. The same can be said for the relationship with the granma. 

If you would like to know what the spoiler, please say in the comments and I can put in a spoiler section, but for now I'm just going to say that everyone should read this book. 

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