YA Contemporary/Romance Mental Illness: 100 Days of Cake

Argh, firstly, I just want to say a huge sorry for not posting in ages! But I’m going to try and make it up to you, by posting more regularly! (yay)

Ok, so recently I’ve read a load of contemporary romance novels, and after a few, I realised that the only books I’ve actually really been reading are YA novels that have mental illnesses in it. I didn’t do it on purpose or anything, it just sorta happened.

I guess that reading it really helps me get into the book, because I can relate to a lot of it, and generally if you can relate to something, you’re going to want to keep finding more and more about it, and I guess that’s what’s been happening!

So today I’m going to be listing my the first in my Top 5 YA Contemporary/Romance Books With Mental Illnesses (apologies for the very long title)

26959141This is number 1: (although they’re not really in any particular order…)

100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen

I just finished reading this one day ago, and the whole way through the book, I kept saying to myself… ‘omg I so relate to that!’ and I really appreciated the entire book. It was really well written, it had amazing characters, and I laughed and cried a fair amount of times through out the book. I know that I first got stuck into it when I was at the gym – in fact, it was on my birthday (fun fact) – and I couldn’t contain a laugh or two, and a know for sure that I gasped out loud in a few parts, but luckily the gym was quite empty, and the radio was on, so hopefully no one heard me!

Anyway, the book was really good, but I was a bit unsatisfied with the ending. It is one of those books where you sort of get to make up the ending yourself, because it just leaves you hanging (no other spoilers xx).

Get well soon isn’t going to cut it in this quirky and poignant debut novel about a girl, her depression, an aggressive amount of baked goods, and the struggle to simply stay afloat in an unpredictable, bittersweet life.
There are only three things that can get seventeen-year-old Molly Byrne out of bed these days: her job at FishTopia, the promise of endless episodes of Golden Girls, and some delicious lo mien. You see, for the past two years, Molly’s been struggling with something more than your usual teenage angst. Her shrink, Dr. Brooks isn’t helping much, and neither is her mom who is convinced that baking the perfect cake will cure Molly of her depression—as if cake can magically make her rejoin the swim team, get along with her promiscuous sister, or care about the SATs.

Um, no. Never going to happen.

But Molly plays along, stomaching her mother’s failed culinary experiments, because, whatever—as long as it makes someone happy, right? Besides, as far as Molly’s concerned, hanging out with Alex at the rundown exotic fish store makes life tolerable enough. Even if he does ask her out every…single…day. But—sarcastic drum roll, please—nothing can stay the same forever. When Molly finds out FishTopia is turning into a bleak country diner, her whole life seems to fall apart at once. Soon she has to figure out what—if anything—is worth fighting for. (Goodreads summary)

I rated 100 Days of Cake 4 out of 5 stars!

Currently reading:

Everyone We’ve Been by Sara Everett


The Remedy, All The Bright Places & Beautiful Broken Things

Triple review time:

The Remedy, All The Bright Places and Beautiful Broken Things. If you have already read these three books, you will know that they all have one thing in common18460392.jpg. Mental Illness. I Really love about these books is that even though they all follow the same theme throughout, its really interesting because they are all completely different, because they are written in different points of view. For example, The Remedy is written as the main character being a ‘therapist’ for grieving and mental illnesses, plus the other books in the series, the main character has a mental illness. All The Bright Places follows two teenagers who have mental illnesses, and Beautiful Broken Things follows the friend of someone who is suffering.

22449285The Remedy, by Suzanne Young is the #0.5 novella of The Program series, also by Suzanne Young, but it is about how the world was, before the Program.

I really loved this book, especially to see how mental illnesses could be treated. Although, a month after I finished reading it, I still don’t know how I feel about the idea of the story line.

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start. (Goodreads summary)

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”

51bbbjplfnlAll The Bright Places was… I can’t even express how good this book was. It was so interesting to see from different point of views, the stages of grieving, sadness and depression. Despite the theme of the book, there were some funny bits, and I just found that this book was so well written, that even if you didn’t like young adult contemporary novels, it would be hard not to fall in love with the characters.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. (Goodreads summary)

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

“In every life, there’ll be a little rain.”

25437747When I started reading Beautiful Broken Things, I didn’t really know what I was expecting. All I wanted, was to read was a YA contemporary novel. By the end of the book, I was actually at a stand still. I was so emotional, yet I couldn’t figure out if I was happy, sad or shocked. All I know is that it was overwhelming. You know it’s an incredibly book when you feel so much emotion that you forget that it’s not real life.

I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own. (Goodreads summary)

I rated all of these books 5 out of 5 stars.

Currently reading:

With Malice by Eileen Cook

Burn. Rewrite. Reread.

So I saw this book tag on Snow White Hates Apples’ blog, and it looked super fun so I decided to try it! Keep in mind that I am THE WORST decision maker. Literally. I can’t make decisions without over-thinking it, and taking ages.

The Rules:

1. Randomly select 3 books. (I randomly choose books from each page on Goodreads from my Read shelf.)

2. For each round, (each round with 3 books), choose which one to burn, rewrite or reread.

3. Repeat. (If you are particularly adventurous, repeat AGAIN!)

Round 1:

First book: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Invisibility was a pretty good book, but I felt like it could have been so much better if it had a different ending and/or different plotlines. So I would have to say rewrite, because, even as I was in the middle of the book, I was already thinking of my own conspiracies as to would could happen, or what should have happened.

Second book: Book of Lies by Teri Terry

really liked Book of Lies, so this is an easy reread for me, especially because I have been wanting to read it again the second I finished it earlier this year!

Third book: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

As much as I liked the Lunar Chronicles series, I actually didn’t like Cinder as much as the rest in the series. I really don’t like to burn it, but you can’t really rewrite a fairytale. The Lunar Chronicles is a retelling, but I can’t rewrite it and change the plot, so, sadly I have to say burn it!

Round 2:

First book: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

I’m going to choose reread for The Jewel, because I have already read it twice because it was so good, and also because I had to reread it before I read the second one since I had forgotten what happened!!!

Second book: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Rewrite. I really liked Delirium! But I haven’t gotten around to reading the rest in the series, because I started the next one, and just didn’t enjoy it. I would rewrite it so that it was a stand alone novel, so that I didn’t feel bad about not finishing the series.

Third book: Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes

This is a definite burn, because I actually read this almost 2 years ago, when I was obsessed with the Disney Channel Original Movie based off the book. I enjoyed it, but I definitely wouldn’t read it again, mainly because I have watched the movie so many times.

Third and final round:


First book: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella)

I am going to have to say rewrite it, because as much as I loved it, I loved one of the other books in this round a little bit more, and I couldn’t possibly burn it, so rewriting was the only other option 😦

Second book: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Oh. My. Gosh. I literally am in love with this book, I have read it 3 times and everytime I finish it, I want to start it again, like, straight away. Definite reread.

Third book: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

I actually loved this book. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to feel about it when I first started it, (which was a couple of years ago), but I ended up loving the romance in it, and although I loved it, it is fantasy, and if you asked me about this round when I was in the middle of a few fantasy books, instead of a few contemporary books, the outcome would be different, probably. But *sigh* I’m going to have to say burn it!

I hope you enjoyed this book tag!

I challenge The Book Nerd, thepageturnerblogger, and The Bookish Agenda to do this book tag! Good luck 🙂

Currently reading: Caramel Hearts by E.R. Murray


My favourite genres

When I first actually started to like reading, which was only around a year and a half ago, the book that got me started was The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. My friend, Kirrily (whose blog is https://thepageturnerblogger.wordpress.com/ ), actually showed me this book. I guess this was sort of the push, that got me started with liking reading. It’s kind of sad really, that for the first 15 and a bit years of my life, the only books that I read were the ones that were compulsory for school.

But bam. In February 2015, my other friend and I were suddenly obsessed… and I mean OBSESSED… with books. We would go to the library and borrow 10-20 books at a time, renew them a few times, and end up returning them, only reading one or two of them. It was a rookie error, and looking back, I found that I could really relate to the EpicReads video about the girl who started liking to read and was entirely obsessed and also I can relate to this one, which was me, BEFORE I liked to read: YouTube! This was me… All those years wasted thinking that I hated the bookstore, when really, deep inside of me, it was where I belonged.

tumblr_mkqwoacf2r1qdlytco1_500Anyway, once I started reading more, I was drawn to heaps and heaps of YA Crime fiction books, because, with my new-bookaholic mind, I clearly thought that oh! There could not POSSIBLY be any other genres of books out there… BUT WAIT! Goodreads made its way into my life and… you will never guess. THERE ARE OTHER GENRES OUT THERE?! *the crowd gasps*

It was probably Red Queen that actually made me start liking Dystopian/Fantasy novels, and it was The Selection that made me fall in love with Romance ones. But it wasn’t until this year that I actually liked contemporary novels. I seemed to think that the only contemporary novels around were the annoying stereotypical clichè novels, but my eyes really opened when I realised that there are other ones out there, and that even the stereotypical ones aren’t all that bad.

(Photo credit: Epic Reads)

My favourite genres now, are basically all Young Adult Fiction books! But I especially like romance, contemporary with a twist, a little bit of fantasy, and dystopian.

Anyway… I hope this post wasn’t too bad, and that you enjoyed hearing about my cringe-worthy reading journey.

Happy reading!


Hotel Ruby

I have been wanting to read this for so long, so when I went to the library, and saw it just sitting there on the shelf, I snatched it straight away so no one else would take it!

I’d seen it on Goodreads so many times, and since it is by Suzanne Young, I couldn’t not read it. But the weird thing is, that I had actually never read the blurb.. not until I was halfway through the book anyway. I didn’t know really what I was expecting, but let me tell you… I was not disappointed! A little bit shocked, and emotional but not at all disappointed.

I don’t want to spoil it or anything, but Hotel Ruby is an exciting, romantic, slightly-haunting incredible book, and I recommend it to just about anyone who loves young adult fiction. I’m also happy that I started reading it, without knowing what it was about, it was surprising and really fun.


Stay tonight. Stay forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.

Currently reading:

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen


The Program

So I’m sitting on my bed, looking at my bookshelf, trying to decide what to read, and, even though I still have 65 books, (out of the 140 books that I own), that I have not read yet, my eyes flick to The Program, which I have already read before! As soon as I start reading it, I remember how much I loved it the first time.

The Program, by Suzanne Young is a book about depression in teens, and if there was a treatment for it, this is how it could turn out, aka The Program. It sounds sort of morbid, but the romance, humour and drama makes it almost impossible to put down. I guarantee you won’t regret reading it!

The main character, Sloane, is a really strong-willed, and role model character that I found pretty relatable and basically… awesome.

the program

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them. (Goodreads summary)

I rated The Program 5 stars.

Currently reading:

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) Sara Raasch

(I’ll be reviewing another one of Suzanne Young’s books pretty soon so stay tuned!)

A Court of Thorns and Roses

I am currently about 50 pages to finishing A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and, if you must know, I have only watched the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast about 3/4 through, and that was about 10 years ago! But before you get really mad at me, as I have been reading it, I have decided that I much prefer reading retellings of fairytales when I don’t really know how the story goes, as otherwise I am anticipating things that may not happen for a while, or I might be disappointed. It’s sort of like watching the movie before reading the book, or looking up spoilers on the internet before reading the book or watching the movie (which, I may add HAVE NEVER DONE!)

Plus what I love about the physical copy of the book is that there are the gorgeous vine illustrations at the beginning of the chapters, and right at the end of the book, there is a name pronunciation guide, which, I think EVERY book should have!

77493_originalWhen nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. (Goodreads summary)

Check out my friend Lauren’s blog! She posts reviews, lists and recommendations and you should totally check it out for fun reviews 🙂


Reading next:

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Wolf Wilder

Firstly I would like to thank Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this book!

Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell is a book about a girl, Feodora who lives in Russia with her mother. They are both wolf wilders. Something I love about this book, even though I am only halfway through it, is that there are illustrations all throughout, even if they are just little trees on every few pages. Wolves, in my opinion are one of the most majestic animals, and to have these gorgeous illustrations on the pages really brought the book to life.

23257157Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves. (Goodreads summary)

Currently Reading:

A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas






Firstly, I wanted to start with thanking Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this book to review.

Dangerous, by Shannon Hale, is a YA/Teen Fiction novel about a group of teenagers that entered a competition to be able to go into space. The blurb for this book made me really want to read it, and going into it, I was still super hyped. When I got about 60 pages in, I was losing interest, and about 100 pages in, I realised that it was more of a Teen Fiction or Childrens (ages 9-12 year olds) rather than a Young Adult read. I think that if I had read the book when I was younger, I would have really liked it, because it is really well written, but going into it as a 16 year old, who prefers Young Adult books, I did not find it as engaging as I hoped.


Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There’s no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.

From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else? (Goodreads Summary)


Disclosure: I was sent this book from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.

Currently reading:

 Glass Sword (#2 Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard

Anna and the French Kiss

Where do I even begin? Re reading this fantastic Anna and the French Kiss was possibly the best part of my day. The first time I read it, I rated it 4 out of 5 stars, this time when I read it, I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. What happens when I read it for the third time? 6 out of 5 stars? I probably will rate it this to be honest!

71n-haxibzlAnna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? (Goodreads Summary)

Despite how cheesy and clichè this book sounds, it actually got me starting to like contemporary style books, eg. love stories. I used to be the type of person who, as soon as I saw a book with the word ‘kiss’ or ‘love’ in the title, I would shake my head and move onto looking at other books. (I know! How very un-book loving was I?!) But now, after reading Anna and the French Kiss, I get excited looking at contemporary love stories!

I started AATFK latish last night, when I couldn’t get to sleep, and today, after school, I sat down, put my headphones in, and read the remaining 250 pages or so in one sitting, only getting up to get some food! If you are looking for an easy read, an adorable love story, or just a generally all-round good book, Anna and the French Kiss is the one for you.

Currently reading:

The 100 by Kass Morgan