Top 5: Star's top 5 #LoveOZYA books of 2019


Hi, Star here. I thought I’d share my top 5 #LoveOzYA books I’ve read (so far) this year.

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1) How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox
This book is so poetically written. It focuses on main character, Biz, and her mental health problems. But it doesn’t do it in the traditional sense. The way this is written, and the way that the mental health topic is handled in this book means a lot to me, as someone with a lot of mental health issues. It also shows one of the best friendships I have had the pleasure of reading before between Biz and an older woman named Sylvia. This book made me feel all of the things and I can’t recommend it enough.


2) Meet Me At The Intersection edited by Rebecca Lim
Anthologies are something that I can take or leave, but this anthology was just so wonderful. There was so many different stories in this collection, and each was a pleasure to read. This is one of the most diverse books I have ever read, and I can honestly say there would be something for everyone in here. There were short stories, poems, personal essays, and more, and it was just amazingly compiled and I absolutely loved it.
3) The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews
I picked this book up when I did because of the AusYABloggers book blitz they were hosting on Instagram, and I am so glad that I did. This book deals with Sam, a boy who ‘steals’ houses. He’s homeless and goes from empty house to empty house, essentially searching for something to call home. One day, while incredibly sick, he makes the mistake of going into a house that is actually occupied. The story deals with some heavier issues, and it absolutely ripped my heart out in places, but this is a book I am so glad I picked up because it’s just so wonderful.

4) Paris Syndrome by Lisa Walker
I purchased Paris Syndrome last year and finally got around to reading it this year. Happy, our MC, is obsessed with Paris. She’s meant to be going there after she finishes high school with her best friend Rosie, but Rosie has been a bit absent lately. Happy has built up Paris so much in her head that a professor of a university diagnoses her with Paris Syndrome. Happy has to navigate two new people in her life, both named Alex, while trying to maintain her love for Paris at a healthier level. This was a really easy read, cute in places, and just what I needed when I read it.

5) Making Friends with Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu
If this book’s pink cover wasn’t enough to draw me in, I don’t know what would’ve been. This book is so soft and that’s literally the only way I can describe it. Alice Dyson doesn’t have many friends. She likes being alone, is quite content not to be popular, or a part of the ‘in’ crowd. After a viral video makes her the centre of attention, Alice finds herself dealing with unwanted attention, but also unwanted friendship advances from a boy called Teddy Taualai.


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  1. I can't believe I've only read two of these Star, I must rectify this immediately! I absolutely loved both The Boy Who Steals Houses and How It Feels to Float, both such emotional reads weren't they.

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