Today, I’m really excited to welcome Jo to my blog for a guest post, all about books with themes of new beginnings. Over to Jo!
I love spring. I love the idea of new beginnings and new ideas being born. So when Amy asked me to write a spring post, I thought I’d share some of my favourite books about people embracing new beginnings or trying to have a fresh start.
‘If I Was Your Girl’ by Meredith Russo- This is a love story with a twist. This is the story of Amanda, the new girl in town, and her boyfriend Grant. But what Grant doesn’t know, is that Amanda used to be Andrew. There aren’t enough books with transgender protagonists (although thankfully that is changing) but I found this to be a sensitive, insightful read.
‘Truly Wildly Deeply’ by Jenny McLachlan– Annie is all set for a fresh start. No more school. Hello new college. She doesn’t want to be known as the loud and bubbly girl with cerebral palsy, she just wants to be Annie. This gem of a book is all about growing up and trying to work out who you are when you break free of your comfort zone. So many people want a fresh start when they start college or university and this book really encapsulates that.
‘A Far Away Magic’ by Amy Wilson– Angel and Bavar are surrounded by magic and grief. Both have recently lost their parents and had their worlds turned upside down. They’ve both been given fresh starts they didn’t want, but their newfound friendship could help them both. This MG novel is full of magic of the dark and gritty kind. There are no love potions or flying broomsticks, but there is a unique and genuine friendship that tries to overcome everything.
‘Girlhood’ by Cat Clarke– Harper’s twin sister has died and she’s desperate to escape her home full of memories and have a fresh start at boarding school. But Harper realises it’s not always that easy to leave people behind. This moving story has intrigue and friendship and fallouts – plus it’s set in a boarding school, something I’m an absolute sucker for!
‘Countless’ by Karen Gregory– Hedda is 17 and pregnant. She’s also anorexic. But now she’s determined to beat her anorexia and look after her child. This book has such an important narrative and Hedda is a fantastic protagonist. Her attempt to start afresh is a realistic portrayal of the battle to defeat an eating disorder.
‘When The Mountains Roared’ by Jess Butterworth– Ruby’s life is about to be transformed in ways she can’t imagine. When she is uprooted from the family home in Australia and taken to India, a country she’s only ever heard stories off, her adventures really begin. This MG novel takes us from one continent to another as we see Ruby start a new life with her Dad and Grandmother in the foothills of the Himilayas. As someone daunted by the idea of moving house, left alone to another country, I found Ruby’s story to be exciting, inspiring and heartwarming.
Thanks so much to Amy for having me on her blog.
What books about new beginnings do you love? Are a fan of any of the books Jo has mentioned? Let us know down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl/@myatticlibrary!