Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt

Ugly people don’t have feelings. They’re not like everyone else. They don’t notice if you stare at them and turn away. And if they did notice, it wouldn’t hurt them. They’re not like real people. Or that’s what I used to think. Before I learned…

After the car crash that leaves her best friend dead, Jenna is permanently scarred. She struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare in the street, every time she looks in the mirror, makes her want to retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan. Ryan’s a traveller. When he and his mother moor their narrow boat on the outskirts of a village, she tells him this time it will be different. He doesn’t believe her; he can’t imagine why this place shouldn’t be as unwelcoming as the rest. Until he meets Jenna. But as Jenna and Ryan grow closer, repercussions from the crash continue to reverberate through the community. And then a body is found…

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Three Summers by Judith Clarke

The path of Ruth’s life was shaped in one fateful moment when, as a baby, she was tossed clear from a car wreck. Her grandmother raised her, with a fierce hope that she would one day go to university and see every marvellous place in the world.

When Ruth and her best friend Fee finish school, Fee chooses motherhood and marriage. Ruth knows that she must leave town, but that means leaving Tam Finn, the elusive yet entrancing boy so unlike any other she has ever met.

An extraordinary story of friendship, longing and the saving grace of love.

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Withering Tights – Louise Rennison

imagesTeenage humour and high profile author. The first book by Louise Rennison on our list and a global acquistion with HCUS. Funky teenage protagonist gets taken to live in the USA much against her wishes. What happens there is a wise-cracking, gob-smacking, screamingly funny account to rival any of Louise Rennison’s previous ‘Georgia’ books, and more!

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Who’s that Girl – Alexandra Potter

whos that girlIf only you knew then what you know now… Imagine if you could go back ten years and meet your younger self; would you recognise her? And what advice would you give? Wear sunscreen! Back away from those PVC trousers? DON’T give that idiot your phone number? Lemon juice won’t bleach your hair; it just attracts wasps… He’s the one – don’t let him go! For Charlotte Merryweather, there’s no need to imagine. She’s about to find out for real. With surprising consequences… Alexandra Potter’s deliciously funny and enchanting romantic comedy looks at life, love and what might happen if you could turn back time.

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Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love in theFlorentino Ariza has never forgotten his first love. He has waited nearly a lifetime in silence since his beloved Fermina married another man. No woman can replace her in his heart. But now her husband is dead. Finally – after fifty-one years, nine months and four days – Florentino has another chance to declare his eternal passion and win her back. Will love that has survived half a century remain unrequited?

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This is Shyness – Leanne Hall

A guy who howls. A girl on a mission to forget.

In the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn’t rise and the border crackles with a strange energy, Wolfboy meets a stranger at the Diabetic Hotel. She tells him her name is Wildgirl, and she dares him to be her guide through the endless night.

But then they are mugged by the sugar-crazed Kidds. And what plays out is moving, reckless…dangerous. There are things that can only be said in the dark. And one long night is time enough to change your life.This is shyness

 

 

 

 

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The Lonely Hearts Club – Elizabeth Eulberg

lonelyheartsclubLove is all you need . . . or is it?

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating, so she vows: No more. She’s had one too many bad dates, and has been hurt by one too many bad boys.

It’s a personal choice . . . and soon everybody wants to know about it. It seems that Penny’s not the only girl who’s tired of the way girls change themselves (most of the time for the worse) in order to get their guys . . . or the way their guys don’t really care.

Girls are soon thronging to The Lonely Hearts Club, and Penny finds herself near legendary for her non-dating ways – which is too bad, since the leader of The Lonely Hearts Club has found a certain boy she can’t help but like . . .

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Lovesong – Alex Miller

Strangers did not, as a rule, find their way to Chez Dom, a small, rundown Tunisian cafe on Paris’ distant fringes. Run by the widow Houria and her young niece, Sabiha, the cafe offers a home away from home for the North African immigrant workers working at the great abattoirs of Vaugiraud, who, like them, had grown used to the smell of blood in the air. But when one day a lost Australian tourist, John Patterner, seeks shelter in the cafe from a sudden Parisian Lovesongrainstorm, the quiet simplicities of their lives are changed forever. John is like no-one Sabiha has met before – his calm grey eyes promise her a future she was not yet even aware she wanted. Theirs becomes a contented but unlikely marriage – a marriage of two cultures lived in a third – and yet because they are essentially foreigners to each other, their love story sets in train an irrevocable course of tragic events.

 

 

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Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

It’s 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She’s in her thirties she has a husband a house they’re trying for a baby – and she doesn’t want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been eatpraylovemissing: pleasure devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome where she learns Italian from handsome brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds an ashram in India where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her. A funny tender utterly beguiling story about a woman’s search for happiness.

 

 

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