sail-header-edge

Big City Reads: Our Selected Books

Tue 21 May, 2019

Our selected books for Big City Reads.

Untitled Design 24

WE ARE NOT OKAY by NATÀLIA GOMES

13 Reasons Why meets John Green and Jennifer Niven in We Are Not Ok - a powerful novel about what happens when girls are silenced. If only they could have spoken out.

Lucy thinks she's better than the other girls. Maybe if she's pointing fingers at everyone else, no one will see the secret she's hiding. Ulana comes from a conservative Muslim family where reputation is everything. One rumour -true or false - can destroy futures.

Trina likes to party. She's kissed a lot of boys. She's even shown her red bra to one. But she didn't consent to that night at Lucy's party. So why doesn't anyone believe her? Sophia loved her boyfriend. She did anything for him, even send him photos of herself.

So why is she the one being pointed at in the hallways, laughed at, spat at when it was him who betrayed her trust?

Untitled Design 23

A CHANGE IS GOING TO COME: ANTHOLOGY

Featuring top Young Adult authors alongside a host of exciting new talent, this anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers on the theme of change is a long-overdue addition to the YA scene.

Contributors include Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga and Nikesh Shukla. Plus introducing four fresh new voices in YA fiction: Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby, Yasmin Rahman and Phoebe Roy.

Untitled Design 22

THE BOY WHO LIED by KIM SLATER

Ed Clayton is a liar. It started when his dad went to prison and now he can’t seem to stop. When his younger brother, Sam, goes missing one day, nobody believes Ed when he says he can’t remember what happened.

He’s used to going without, but living without his brother is impossible. With the police and press asking questions and friends turning against the family, Ed is left trying to find Sam with only the help of his new neighbour, Fallon. When the two stumble on a secret that even Ed could never have imagined, it’s up to the liar to uncover the truth . . .

A sensitive and engaging fourth novel about brotherhood, hardship and being yourself from the multi-award-winning author, Kim Slater.

Untitled Design 21

HEARTSTOPPER by ALICE OSEMAN

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more...? Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn't been too great, but at least he's not being bullied anymore, and he's sort of got a boyfriend, even if he's kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He's heard a little about Charlie - the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months - but he's never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn't think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner...


This post is tagged in

bigcityreads

Be in the know. Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep bang up to date with what's new at Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. Subscribe to our newsletter, and you'll hear all about the latest news, job opportunities and literary events.

subscribe

Search