Summer Senior Book Club Picks!
Two very different books here, as per usual we have one YA (Young Adult) book and one adult book! Happy Summer Reading!
Release by Patrick Ness
Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…
Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.
Suitable for 15+
See the post about getting to meet Patrick Ness and having him sign the library’s copy of this book here –> An Evening With Patrick Ness! 😍✌🤓📖
The Raqqa Diaries by Samer
‘A clarion call to all of us that we should not give up. Somewhere there is a voice in the wreckage.’ Michael Palin
‘This is brutal non-fiction, plainly and urgently told.’ Robin Yassin-Kassab, Guardian
‘The simple act of bearing witness is one of the most powerful human responses available . . . The Raqqa Diaries is so important.’ Evening Standard
‘Everyone should spend a couple of hours of their life reading it, to remind themselves that, even in the darkest depth of human misery, the bravest souls still exist.’ Sunday Times
Since ISIS occupied Raqqa in eastern Syria, it has become one of the most isolated and fear-ridden cities on earth.
The sale of televisions has been banned, wearing trousers the wrong length is a punishable offence, and using a mobile phone is considered an unforgivable crime.
No journalists are allowed in and the penalty for speaking to the western media is death by beheading.
Despite this, after several months of nervy and often interrupted conversations, the BBC was able to make contact with a small activist group, Al-Sharqiya 24. Finally, courageously, one of their members agreed to write a personal diary about his experiences.
Having seen friends and relatives butchered, his community’s life shattered and the local economy ruined by these hate-fuelled extremists, Samer is fighting back in the only way he can: by telling the world what is happening to his beloved city.
This is Samer’s story.
Suitable for 15+
Take a look at May Senior Book Club Picks