Hiya you lot, you all ok?
Today I’m last host and finishing off on a fantastic tour for an even more fantastic book.
Of course I have an extract for you, oh how I love an extract 😂 and the normal TBGWP book deets.
🔵Blurb: Ruby has had a difficult year to say the least. Just before she started Sixth Form, her father died from a heart attack. In the months that followed Ruby became so depressed that she attempted suicide. She missed a lot of school, but now she’s about to go back and she’s worried. Is she well enough to get through her final year? Will the depression return? Should she apply to university? The night before term begins, Ruby finds something that makes the prospect even more daunting: an envelope addressed to her in her father’s handwriting. Inside is a list: ‘Ten Things I Hope You Do Before You Leave School’. It makes no sense. She can’t understand why he’d want her to do these things, let alone whether she’ll be able to do them.
As Ruby navigates her way through UCAS, parties, boyfriends and A-Levels, she decides to give the list her best shot, but her efforts lead her into strange situations and to surprising discoveries.
Will Ruby survive her last year at school? Can she do the ten things on The List? Will doing them make any difference?
🔵My Thoughts: I’m sitting here in tears. I do not know what to say, which is huge thing because as you all know by now I NEVER shut up!
First of all, I need to say this. As a mother with a child currently in sixth form. Who for years has agonisingly battled with mental health. However, was extremely lucky and strong enough to be able to spin it around and use it as a complete advantage to better himself. This book scares me, but it absolutely brings home everything a parent of this age would want to know and understand. It is heartbreaking.
O’Keeffe has honestly given us something truly humbling here. A raw, ferociously honest read full of poignancy and humour. He has meticulously researched his cause and has put it into a wonderful book. A fantastic and rare plot with endearing characters which free flows just right. It’s honest and a very now book! It shows the real world of child/teen/young adult mental health and how much pressures are put on children every single day. Which is an incredible thing to bring light too. Also, not forgetting the loss of a loved one, especially a parent. Grief is very important to try understand whether it be child or adult.
I am so sorry! I am just chatting pure shit here aren’t I? Sorry! 🤦🏻♀️
I’ll finish this absolutely AMAZING review 👀
by saying this is an engaging, thought provoking absolute pleasure of a book. Being able to be with Ruby as she goes through the list and tries so hard to find her feet is an absolute pleasure. It deserves a huge platform where Ruby and her voice are heard and more people can engage and learn. I applaud O’Keefe greatly and could not recommend this book to you more. In fact, I think if you have a teenager who does read that they should have a copy ASAP. You also need a copy. Yeah you there reading this.
🔵Links to buy:
Title: 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School.
Author: Bernard O’Keefe.
Genre: Children’s Fiction/YA & Teen.
Length: 275 Pages.
Publisher: Acorn Independent Press.
Publication Date: 05/03/2019.
🔵About the Author:
After graduating from Oxford, Bernard O’Keeffe worked in advertising before training as a teacher. He taught for many years, first in a North London comprehensive, then at Radley College, where he was Head of English, and most recently at St Paul’s School in London, where he was Head of Sixth Form.
He has reviewed fiction for Literary Review and The Oxford Times and, as an editor of The English Review, has written over a hundred articles for A Level students on subjects ranging from Nick Hornby and Roddy Doyle to Jane Austen and Shakespeare. In 2013 he published his first novel, ‘No Regrets’.
You can learn more about Bernard and his work, or get in touch by using the links below:
That’s it, tour finished! Thank you of course to you lot for joining me and giving me your constant support. And of course to Bernard himself and Anne over at LCDP for inviting me into the tour.
Today’s post is dedicated to my beautiful friend Carly who passed away in March. Today would have been her 40th Birthday.
Happy Birthday Carly ❤️
LADIES, PLEASE GO FOR YOUR SMEARS!