Gingersnaps Review

Hello! Today I shall be reviewing Gingersnaps by Cathy Cassidy. I’ve never written a review for a Cathy Cassidy book but I love all of her books. She’s an awesome person and it was really nice to see her win Queen of Teen when I was there. She is actually the person that got me into reading, I suppose you could call them, romantic, teenage books. Thank you Cathy! Seriously, Cathy rocks.

Is Ginger’s best friend really her biggest rival?

‘You can make a wish come true, if you’re determined . . .’

Gone are the days when Ginger was an outsider, always on the fringes of friendship. She’s swapped puppy fat and pigtails for make-up and hair straighteners and never looked back – until now. Ginger and Shannon are best mates, but when they befriend lonely Emily, everything changes. Even the saxophone-playing boy in the trilby hat can’t help – he’s part of the problem. Are Ginger and Shannon drifting apart or can they stay best friends forever?

The first Cathy Cassidy book I read was Sundae Girl and I thought it was the best thing ever. It still is pretty good, I have to say. After that, I read all of her books, which I loved but they weren’t quite as good as Sundae Girl. When I read Gingersnaps I was so excited because I haven’t decided if I love it more than Sundae Girl, but it was more in the style of Sundae Girl and I instantly loved it. Only a few months ago I re-read Gingersnaps, so I still think it is a really good book. Mostly it’s a nice book to read because it’s not over complicated at all. It’s strange to think I first read this seven years ago. God I’m getting old.

I love Gingersnaps because of Sam the saxophone player. Personally, I think saxophones are really vibey and I wish I could play one. The saxophone in Careless Whisper is the best. Sam is a really nice person, and I like how he tries to bring out the best in Ginger. They make a cute couple, it has to be said. He is pretty smart for, what- a twelve year old? Sam and Ginger seem older but in a good way because when I was younger I liked how it showed that some of us younger people are mature even though there are a lot of immature idiots at that age.

Was there blue lemonade somewhere in this novel? I vaguely remember something about it, so if there was blue lemonade in there then that’s fab. It’s all the little quirky things I love about this book. I love the title ‘Gingersnaps’ because I thought it would be a book about starting a baking thing or something BUT it isn’t. Ginger is a swaggy name as well. Thank god Sam wasn’t called Spice otherwise that would be the end of that relationship. The house boat thing is awesome- not that I want to live on a boat. Oh, and let’s hear it one last time for Sam’s saxophone!

Even if you aren’t eleven anymore, I was actually eight the first time I read it, I think you would still adore this book because the cuteness factor is off the scale.

Love, Sydney

Sounds Live Feels Live Review

Hello!

I would like to share with you my review of yet another concert that I recently attended in London! Wow I feel as though I have been so busy going to shows recently- look out for my final concert review for a while next Sunday. After that I am going to see a musical and then I am done with shows until a festival in the summer.

So, the act that I went to see was ‘5 seconds of summer’, who are not only one of my sister’s favourite bands but they are also my favourite band (do duos count as a band?). I cannot begin to describe how excited I was for the show! Unfortunately, I had to sell my ticket last year so I couldn’t believe that I was finally going to see my favourite band. We arrived after the doors had opened as we weren’t bothered about missing the support act and surprisingly we didn’t have to wait at all to get into the actual arena. They were performing at The O2 so I thought that it would take a while but we went straight in and sat down for the second half of the support act. Our seats were right at the front of our tier and we felt that we were not too far from the stage.

The support act was ‘Jessarae’ (did I spell that right?!), who I had once again never heard of before. I didn’t personally think they were extraordinary or memorable but I thought they were pretty standard support act. Can I just quickly mention that the singer looked like a mini Robert Pattinson (I think it was the eyebrows). The songs were lively and of the pop genre, which I think was a good match for the event. I liked the fact that they seemed to be amazed that they were playing at The O2, it looked as if they were in awe of all of the fans there and I just found that rather touching. They were a lovely band; I really liked their song ‘No Warning’.

Wow. When 5sos came on it felt so surreal. I was surprised that they came on to ‘Carry On’ as I thought that they would come on to one of their more well-known tracks but I still think it was a powerful entrance onto the stage. After that they launched straight into ‘Hey Everybody’, which was such a high energy performance- I loved it! The set list had been planned out really well- they had a cluster of songs off of ‘Sounds good feels good’ followed by songs off of the previous album. They ended with four of their most energetic songs. I liked the songs they chose for the encore ‘She’s Kinda Hot’ and ‘She looks so perfect’ because everybody was dancing and singing along to them.

My favourite part was when they performed ‘Amnesia’ because Calum asked the fans to sing along with him. It was beautiful the way the whole arena lit up with flashlights and the sounds of all of the fans voices united. It was also very emotional when they sang ‘Beside You’ followed by ‘Vapor’, which Luke said was probably his favourite song that 5sos had ever written. There were also lots of flashlights for those performances as well as many tears for me. I also thought that it was really cool for them to create a little song for the show because that meant that we had our own personal experience compared to going to other shows. The song that they came up with was ‘Fish and Chips’. It was such an incredible night!

Love, Sydney

Liebster Award- Questions!

Hey guys! Today I thought I could just answer the questions I asked at the end of the Liebster award post. I don’t think anybody will answer them so I might as well.

 

  1. What character would you like to be your boy/girl friend?                                                         I would like Simon Lewis from ‘The Mortal Instruments’ to be my boyfriend. He is so adorable and funny. If he looked like Robert Sheehan in real life then that would be great or Alberto Rosende! They both bring Simon to life so well and I love him as a character because he’s so enthusiastic and loyal.
  2. Do you read any classics, and if so what is your favourite classic book?                Recently I’ve been trying to read more classic books and now I’ve been giving a reading list at school with lots of great classic books on there so I hope to read them soon. My favourite classic book so far (bearing in mind I’ve read hardly any) is ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë although I still haven’t finished it!
  3. What poem got you into poetry? If you don’t have one, what is your opinion on ‘Because’ by James Franco?                                                                                                      Funnily enough, ‘Because’ by James Franco is the poem that got me into poetry. It isn’t a real stand out poem, but it was the first poem I read that was honest and cut to the chase.
  4. Are there any books that you are desperate to be made into movies?                            Definitely my top five books: ‘The Kissing Booth’, ‘Soulmates’, ‘Love Like the Movies’, ‘The Sky is Everywhere’ and ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’. I bet there’d be loads of gorgeous men in there (just saying!). I think the film rights have been sold for Soulmates and I’ll Give You the Sun! I have always said Famous in Love would be a totally awesome movie and I think it is being turned into a TV series. I would prefer it as a movie, but it would still be cool as a TV series.
  5. What is the shortest book you’ve ever read?                                                                                 I can’t be completely sure on this, but my Auntie has these little Felicity Wishes books that are really small and cute- so probably one of those.
  6. If you could only take three things to a desert island, would you bring a book with you? Why/why not?                                                                                                                             No I wouldn’t, because if I was bored I could make coconut bikinis and I would rather bring water, food and a tent there so I could survive. I don’t need a book, I could use logs to make a fire.
  7. Do you have any friends that deserve to have a book written about? What would it be about? (If all your friends are really boring then what book would you write about yourself?)                                                                                                                                                     I have a lot of interesting friends. To be honest, I’d rather write about myself because obviously I know myself and it’s hard to imagine kissing scenes about your friend. If I had to, I would write about my best friend because I probably know her the best out of anybody I know. We have a lot in common too. I’ve always said one of my other friends is very writeable because she has such a complex personality as well.
  8. Do you remember the first proper book you ever read i.e. Chapters, one hundred pages or so? If you can’t remember what was your favourite childhood book?            The first proper book I read was ‘Twin Tales’ by Jacqueline Wilson. I remember my Dad reading this to my sister and I when he got in from work. After that I read every single Jacqueline Wilson book as well as the Rainbow Fairies books.
  9. Is there a certain genre that you will never read?                                                               Horror, crime, war… most things that aren’t romantic, dystopian or a good YA book. I’ve read books before with no romance in and actually really enjoyed them. I’m definitely not into gruesome things though.

I was struggling to answer the two questions I missed, but I’ll try to answer them in another post some time.

Love, Sydney

Water For Eyes Poem

Hi!

The next poem in my eyes series is about my uncle. I don’t feel as if I know my uncle well enough to write a poem about him so I chose write about the colour of his eyes instead of what I see when I look at his eyes. His eyes remind me of the sea so essentially this is a poem about the sea.

Water For Eyes

Starfish gather on the ocean floor,

Splaying all five arms across the sand,

Where seaweed sways to and fro,

Tangling with hidden sea horses.

 

Hermit crabs scuttle from shell to shell,

Discarding beauties that will wash ashore,

To be found by collectors of pretty things,

Who will disperse them amongst the grass.

 

Turtles gather, swimming in harmony,

Whilst dolphins leap through the waves

Catching the last of the sun-

As it disappears into the night.

 

At night still the sharks are chasing

Little fish swirling in their shoal.

Electric eels zinging quickly

Through the electric darkness.

 

That is the ocean.

 

Love, Sydney

Forever Book Review

Hiya! As promised I am going to be reviewing ‘Forever’ by Judy Blume.

Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year’s Eve party. They’re attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they’ve decided their love is forever, they make love.

It’s the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine’s parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart…

So I know that this is a much loved book but I have to say I didn’t really like it. Forever had a lot of good reviews, which made me really excited to read it. Unfortunately I didn’t like this book much at all. There’s not anything specific that made me dislike it, but if you compare it to other books then for me there are many better books.

I really didn’t like Michael. I think he was described as ginger with a mole on his cheek. I think the charity shop has my book now so I can’t check that but I’m pretty sure that’s what he looked like. I’m used to having Theo James as the leading man in the books I read not George Weasley or something so I wasn’t impressed. For me it’s important to have leading men like Four, Edward Cullen and Thomas (from The Maze Runner) in books because when I read books I imagine myself as the leading female. Just to clarify, I have nothing against ginger people (my best friend’s ginger).

What even happened in this book? Not much probably as I can’t remember it. The first thing that comes to mind is Katherine wanting to go out with her tennis teacher at the end. Now that should have been the story. I would have loved to have heard about how that relationship went. Michael and Katherine were pretty boring together; it didn’t make for an exciting story. This book is supposed to be realistic but from my own knowledge this isn’t actually realistic. At least other YA romance books go way over the top and don’t pretend to be reality. The writing was so bland all those ellipses got on my nerves. I’ve always had a problem with ellipses because so many people overuse them.

I’m not being funny, but this book really chose its moments be descriptive. It went into detail about the wrong things and that’s all I’m saying about it. And the Ralph thing? Just gross. You’ll understand me if you’ve read it. I know this was like a hugely important book at the time so well done for that but times have changed and it really just didn’t cut it with me in this day and age. Even if I read this in the seventies I probably still wouldn’t like it though because of the characters. I can’t empathise with them at all; I wish they weren’t so mundane, it actually pains me.

Next week I’m going to review Ginger Snaps by Cathy Cassidy, which I actually like. Thanks for reading!

Love, Sydney

Irrational (Romesh Ranganathan) Review

Hey!

I hope everyone that has been on a school break has had a lovely holiday! Today I am going to be reviewing Romesh Ranganathan’s ‘Irrational’ show. I saw him perform at the Oxford Playhouse previously this week alongside his support act, Phil Jerrod.

Personally, I could not relate much to Jerrod’s material so I did not find him to be hilarious. I found him to be quite theatrical and overbearing without being funny. I think that there were some jokes that caused a few laughs so he was okay- there could have been a worse support act. He was ‘average’ in one word.

Contrastingly, I found Romesh absolutely hilarious! My favourite parts were when he interacted with the audience, in particular with one guy that was sat in the front row and looked like him. It turned out that this man worked at Papa Johns and Romesh was quick to make jokes about customer service and the rivalry between Papa Johns and Dominos. It was really clever how Romesh could make fun of situations as they happened. For example, after the interval Romesh asked whether the audience had done anything ‘fun’ during the interval and the same man (Papa Johns guy) replied that he had purchased some cake from the bar. Romesh turned it into a very comical situation by asking if anybody else was eating cake in the audience and then good naturedly made fun of the man for being the only member of the audience to be eating cake.

Even though I had heard some of the material before, I did think that it flowed a lot better and seemed more like natural story telling. One of the best told stories was about his children and how after having a lovely first child he then came to have a ‘feral’ second child. With affection he recounted what horrors his children had been up to as well as telling jokes involving his wife. I found his material to be fairly relatable as he had made some very humorous observations about day to day things such as people finding it hilarious to put the wrong name on their Starbucks order as a joke. A very modern, relevant and entertaining show- I cannot wait to see more!

Love, Sydney

Liebster Award

Hi guys! Today I am going to be doing The Liebster award. I’m not sure if this is a regular thing, but anyway I was tagged in this before- so here is my post from last year!

The Liebster award is a chain award that was created by bloggers and is a tradition to make new friends in the blogging community.

 

I was nominated by my friend that runs the previous blog I used to write for. So thanks! I’m really excited to do this…

 

Here are the rules:

 

– Link back to the person who nominated you

 

– Give 11 random facts about yourself

 

– Answer 11 questions from your nominator

 

– Nominate 11 bloggers

 

– Come up with 11 questions for them to answer

 

– Inform your nominees

 

 

So here are 11 facts about me:

  1. I’ve always secretly wanted to be in a musical but I can’t sing for toffee
  2. If I could go back in time I’d visit the 80s
  3. If I had three wishes I would get a scholarship to Melbourne University, become slim and marry Jack Johnson (only if he wants to)
  4. My favourite colour is orange because I feel bad that not many people like it
  5. My favourite place in the world that I’ve visited is my Auntie’s old pink bathroom
  6. The best smell ever (excluding Jack Gilinsky) is freshly baked bread
  7. If I had a superpower it would be to read people’s minds
  8. Interestingly, frogs are my favourite animal
  9. I aspire to be a CEO of an international company
  10. There is a playlist on my ipod to suit every mood
  11. My favourite song that isn’t by Jack and Jack is For once in my life by Stevie Wonder

My questions:

  1. What book character is most like you and why?
  2. This question had me stumped for ages. There are many characters that have similar characteristics to me that my friends would probably imagine me as eg. Bridget Jones, America (from The Selection) or other feisty people. Even though I’m not a guy (woah get out) I was struggling to choose between Jace from The Mortal Instruments and Brian from I’ll Give You the Sun. I actually think that everything about Brian is exactly the same as me apart from he’s a boy and he’s gay. Brian is a bit nerdy and different, yet he can still hang around with the ‘cool kids’ and I’m not saying I’m popular, but I definitely have a lovely group of friends. He stands up for himself, like I always do. Also, he gets deeply hurt by other people but manages to always get over it and turn it into a positive thing that makes a difference.
  3. What drink/snack do you like to consume when reading?
  4. Interesting question! Well I tend to not consume anything whilst reading because it is extremely difficult and there is a chance you will spill something on the book. However, around my reading time I will tend to have tea and biscuits. Sometimes I might be adventurous enough to have crackers or cheddars.
  5. Why did you choose to start blogging?
  6. My friend started a book blog and asked for a guest blogger and I wasn’t going to be left out! It actually seemed like a really good idea, especially as I love writing so I thought it would be a good experience to do something like this, as it might be useful in the future. As well as this being a fun experience, I thought it would look good on my CV or university applications in the future. As I was writing all these book posts, I kept thinking of other posts I wanted to write to do with movies or daily thoughts and I couldn’t post those on her blog so I decided to make my own. I did not actually write on this blog for ages as I was still writing for my friend’s blog. Now I don’t write for her, I thought it would be a great idea to start writing on this blog to share my ideas with the world.
  7. What’s the longest book you’ve read?
  8. The longest book I’ve ever read is ‘Les Misérables’ by Victor Hugo, which was a mountain to climb. It was so tough to read it; I’m still in shocked that I finished it. Reading it was such a gruelling process because it isn’t a light fluffy story at all, it is incredibly deep and thought provoking.
  9. If you could only ever re-read a single book, what would it be? (You can read new books though)
  10. I would re-read The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles. The Kissing Booth is in my top five books and obviously I want to re-read one of my favourite books. I didn’t want to re-read Soulmates (another top 5 book) because the ending makes me cry and it is such a magical book- I don’t want to ruin it by re-reading it. It is also more intense than The Kissing Booth, which is a happy, chill story. I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere (also top 5 books) are just too beautiful for me to continuously re-read them, especially with all the drama in them. I’m perfectly happy to re-read The Kissing Booth forever (I know it’s already in my two most read books).
  11. What is the most popular book that you own but haven’t read?
  12. Ooh, I’m not sure about this one. There are so many books in my room that I need to read and I’m slowly working my way through them. I guess the John Green books that I haven’t read (I’ve read TFIOS and Paper Towns).
  13. Who is your favourite author that you’ve met?
  14. Chris Higgins. I was fortunate enough to escort her to the Queen of Teen awards, where I met lots of other famous authors. Chris was so lovely to me and it was a pleasure to meet her. I was lucky enough to meet her a second time when she came into my school and she was very happy to spend time talking to my friends and I as well as helping us to become better writers, so I thought that was generous of her!
  15. Have you written anything?
  16. Of course I’ve written many stories and poems before as any aspiring author has! At the moment I’m into poetry and I am collating a writing journal. I hope to soon publish a better Wattpad story than my previous story on there as well!
  17. What is, in your opinion, a completely underrated book?
  18. Oh I don’t know. I’m surprised that Matched and Soulmates haven’t been turned into movies yet because they are amazing books. I think I’ll go for the Ask Amy Green books by Sarah Webb. I never really hear people talking about these books or people pass them off as a nice chick flick, but I think they are actually really good books that tell a story. They’re brilliant and Sarah Webb is such a nice author.
  19. What is your favourite dramatic scene from a book?
  20. I have to go for the scene in Insurgent when it turns out Tris isn’t dead and she escapes with Four. I was just so happy she wasn’t dead I was like GO TRIS! It was awesome in the movie when they managed to broadcast the message from the box as well.
  21. Book or Movie? What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?
  22. Movie, because I can just watch the movie and decide if I want to read the book of it. Even if I’ve already read the book, I love the movie because there may be people like Theo James in the movie and it’s so exciting to see it come to life on the screen. My favourite adaptation is The Fault in Our Stars because when I saw the movie I thought it was the realest thing I had ever seen and it is now my favourite movie (although I do love The Holiday).

Bloggers I Nominate:

I guess I am going to just nominate whoever reads this because I’m cool like that 😉 You could still do it even if you don’t have a blog, you could do it on Good Reads or even in a word document. Leave the link to it in the comments because I’d love to read it!

Nominee’s Questions:

  1. What character would you like to be your boy/girl friend?
  2. Do you read any classics, and if so what is your favourite classic book?
  3. What poem got you into poetry? If you don’t have one, what is your opinion on Because by James Franco?
  4. Are there any books that you are desperate to be made into movies?
  5. What is the shortest book you’ve ever read?
  6. If you could only take three things to a desert island, would you bring a book with you? Why/why not?
  7. Do you have any friends that deserve to have a book written about? What would it be about? (If all your friends are really boring then what book would you write about yourself?)
  8. Assign a book to each colour of the rainbow and give reasons (just red, orange, yellow… not azure, turquoise, crimson)
  9. Do you remember the first proper book you ever read i.e. Chapters, one hundred pages or so? If you can’t remember what was your favourite childhood book?
  10. Which fruit would you put on the cover of the other three Twilight books e.g. New Moon- banana, Eclipse- pineapple, Breaking Dawn- Mango and why?
  11. Is there a certain genre that you will never read?

Okay guys, so that’s it and I want to say thank you for my nomination and say good luck to my nominees…

Love, Sydney