This book has been on my to-read pile for ages, but only after a year 7 student persuaded most of his reading class to get it did it finally make it to the top of my list.
The blurb starts with the phrase ‘there are two sides to every story,’ which is completely true, the story is told from the alternating perspectives of Ashley and Stewart who have become part of a blended family after their mum and dad started a relationship.
Ashley and Stewart couldn’t be more different. Ashley is 14, into fashion and being popular but not studying. Stewart is 13 and gifted but doesn’t have a clue how to fit in.
Stewart is an immediately likeable character, he’s funny, individual and full of heart and is definitely the one that keeps the story going at the start. Meanwhile Ashley is… well… hideous. You wouldn’t want her for your worst enemy let alone your new step sister whilst you’re struggling to fit in in a new school.
Suffice it to say that Ashley gets her comeuppance in the end, but I won’t say any more to spoil the surprise!
If you’re looking for a quick read (it only took me an evening), about what it means to learn to live together with all our differences, but also explores more serious questions about consent, the use of technology and whether appearances are all that matters, then this is definitely worth trying.
We have multiple copies in the ILC, so if you want to read with a friend or even a small group, come and speak to the ILC about borrowing them together.