[New] (Things We Have in Common) author Tasha Kavanagh


  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Things We Have in Common
  • Tasha Kavanagh
  • English
  • 23 September 2020
  • 9780778326854

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DOWNLOAD Things We Have in Common î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Reader beware You'll think you know what's happening and you'll think you see what's coming next But you'll be very very wrongFifteen year old Yasmin Doner is a social misfit obese obsessive and deemed a freak by her peers at school With her father dead and her mother in a new relationship Yasmin yearns for a sense of belonging finding comfort only in food and the fantasy of bein I do not give out 5 stars very often To be honest I generally consider the rating scale to be 1 45 and only include the 5 when a book really speaks to me challenges me makes me think or does something different Because of that I feel like I have to justify the rating when I do give it And that s the problem it s hard because 5 stars is for me a deeply personal and emotional rating There is no checklist of criteria that makes a 5 star book I just loved thisWhy did I like Things We Have in Common so muchFirstly it s a bit of a mindfuck It s about a British teenager called Yasmin who obsessively watches her classmate Alice Enduring bullying due to her size Yasmin is an outcast at school and in the home of her stepfather Alice serves as a beacon of light in her dark world and Yasmin becomes ever attached to her even going so far as to collect her fallen hair bands But Yasmin also sees something else She sees the man watching Alice the man she knows instinctively is there to take her Of course this is all a game in Yasmin s head Until it isn t Until Alice really does disappear and Yasmin wonders whether she should say something whether she will be believed or whether she herself might come under suspicionIt s not as dark as it could have been and as I thought it might be Most of the book reads like a slightly strange YA Contemporary But what I loved most was all the uncertainty How reliable is Yasmin s narration How much of the man she observed was a story she created in her own mindMost of all I love books that challenge my perception of characters Books that introduce us to really complex people that I can t decide if I despise or not It is honestly a very difficult feat to make the reader care for a character that makes as many poor choices as Yasmin does There were so many reasons to dislike her but I really bought into her as a sympathetic character I really felt her grief after her father s death and the crushing weight of the bullying and ridicule she faced every dayThere are very few fat MCs in YA and even fewer where the book isn t solely about them dealing with their weight In this Yasmin s size and her relationship with food are mentioned throughout but are not the focus of the plot When it was talked about I thought it was well developed and sensitive considering the relationship between depression and overeating and how fat shaming does not help no matter how concerned you think you re being I turned away again and closed my eyes I wasn t going to rise to it I ve done all the crying and despising myself that it s possible for a person to do followed by all the promising and list making and will powering and all any of it does is make me want to eat and eat and eat and eat and eat and eat and EAT There are also POC gay and trans secondary characters that appear throughout the book I know there will be people who hate the ending in fact I think the ending is kind of meant to be hated I thought it was eual parts awful and perfect In some ways it could be read as an inevitable tragic conclusion to bullying and abandonment which is safe to say without giving away spoilersA thought provoking strange and sad bookBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store Claiming Her under suspicionIt s not as dark as it could have been and as I thought it might be Most of the book reads like a slightly strange YA Contemporary But what I loved most was all the Dragon ActuallyA Tale of Two Dragons uncertainty How reliable is Yasmin s narration How much of the man she observed was a story she created in her own mindMost of all I love books that challenge my perception of characters Books that introduce Darkness Before Dawn us to really complex people that I can t decide if I despise or not It is honestly a very difficult feat to make the reader care for a character that makes as many poor choices as Yasmin does There were so many reasons to dislike her but I really bought into her as a sympathetic character I really felt her grief after her father s death and the crushing weight of the bullying and ridicule she faced every dayThere are very few fat MCs in YA and even fewer where the book isn t solely about them dealing with their weight In this Yasmin s size and her relationship with food are mentioned throughout but are not the focus of the plot When it was talked about I thought it was well developed and sensitive considering the relationship between depression and overeating and how fat shaming does not help no matter how concerned you think you re being I turned away again and closed my eyes I wasn t going to rise to it I ve done all the crying and despising myself that it s possible for a person to do followed by all the promising and list making and will powering and all any of it does is make me want to eat and eat and eat and eat and eat and eat and EAT There are also POC gay and trans secondary characters that appear throughout the book I know there will be people who hate the ending in fact I think the ending is kind of meant to be hated I thought it was eual parts awful and perfect In some ways it could be read as an inevitable tragic conclusion to bullying and abandonment which is safe to say without giving away spoilersA thought provoking strange and sad bookBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store

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DOWNLOAD Things We Have in Common î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB G close to Alice Taylor a girl at school Yasmin will do anything to become friends with pretty and popular Alice even if Alice like everyone else thinks she's a freak When Yasmin notices a sinister looking man watching Alice from the school fence she sees a way of finally winning Alice's affection because how this stranger is staring is far than just looking it's wanting Because Fan freaking tastic This book is for all of you that enjoy obsessive stalker tales This one is a bit uniue as the stalker is a 15 year old obese young woman who has a boatload of psychological issues I was completely captivated by the first page and it held me captive until the last And that ending Wow It s ambiguous and gave me chills down my spine 4 stars Jingle Bell Rock uniue as the stalker is a 15 year old obese young woman who has a boatload of psychological issues I was completely captivated by the first page and it held me captive Barenaked Jane until the last And that ending Wow It s ambiguous and gave me chills down my spine 4 stars

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DOWNLOAD Things We Have in Common î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB This stranger Yasmin believes is going to take Alice Yasmin decides to find out about this man so that when he does take Alice Yasmin will be the only one who knows his name and where he livesthe only one who can save her But as Yasmin discovers about him her affections begin to shift Perhaps she was wrong about him Perhaps she doesn't need Alice after all And then Alice vanishes Review originally published at Learn This PhraseHave you ever read a book so hungrily and uickly that afterwards it feels like a hallucination dream or nightmare Perhaps a less melodramatic comparison would be a film some stories make you feel like you ve spent a couple of hours watching a movie seeing it all play out vividly right in front of you than a few days on and off reading a book I breezed through Things We Have in Common in just a few hours during which my absorption in the story heightened to increasingly feverish levels and afterwards it felt like something I had seen almost physically experienced rather than read I had this mental picture of the setting clouded in a summer haze that still lingers I could see the colour palette of the film version Yasmin is fifteen years old and unhappy She s friendless and the victim of school bullies she has a strained relationship with her stepfather and therefore also with her mother she s overweight and endures visits to a patronising dietitian whose advice she ignores anyway The shining light in her life is her obsession a combination of idolatry and desire with a radiant classmate Alice Taylor We meet Yasmin when she is staring at Alice but also watching someone else do the same This is the first thing she has in common with her co observer a stranger with whom she immediately feels a bond But this person is no fellow pupil he is a middle aged man Samuel as he turns out to be called although there s some ambiguity about whether this is his real name is a chameleon like character who moves from sinister to thoroughly innocuous so swiftly and freuently that it s no doubt intentionally impossible to get an angle on who he is Yasmin s initial childish idea that he s a predatory paedophile seems to be upended when she actually meets him finding instead a dog lover whose mother has recently died lonely awkward but apparently harmless Yet it s precisely the potential of dubious ualities that draw Yasmin to him Like many an outsider she recognises a kindred spirit And like many an obsessive she nurtures fantasies of rescuing the object of her affection in such a grand and public manner that she will naturally receive adoration in return Her complicated attraction to Samuel then is partly a matter of wanting to protect her beloved Alice from a perceived threat but at the same time wishing harm upon her so Yasmin can swoop in and save the day In the middle of all this the lines start blurring around who it is that Yasmin idolises as her focus shifts from Alice to Samuel and back again The chain of events that results turns this into a uniuely twisted coming of age story and a redefinition of be careful what you wish for I spent much of this book wondering what it was that the narrator s voice reminded me of unable to put my finger on it and then towards the end I realised it was Jacueline Wilson specifically a book of hers that was a childhood favourite of mine The Suitcase Kid I know it might seem like I m insulting Kavanagh by comparing her novel to a book for pre teen kids but I mean it as a compliment the author captures the voice of a young girl in such a way that her narrative has the ring of authenticity but also works very well as entertainment And I always loved Wilson s style and characters anyway It s because of this lightness that it s uite easy to sidestep the doubts you will inevitably have about Yasmin is the simultaneous existence of such naivety and such manipulative power really believable for a gauche 15 year old and simply allow yourself to be drawn into the irresistible flow of the story The other and for me obvious reference point is Jenn Ashworth s A Kind of Intimacy Yasmin is in ways than one a junior version of Ashworth s anti heroine Annie and Things We Have in Common is the same kind of darkly humorous character study When I started writing this I d forgotten the description used in the publisher s catalogue it referred to Things We Have in Common as Sue Townsend meets Zo Heller which of course also worksThis is a really strong debut novel a subtle masterclass in character building with a teenage voice so genuine that Yasmin really comes alive It s rare for me to read a book uickly and yet find its characters and other details only become solid in my head as time passes but that s exactly what has happened with Things We Have in Common partly I think because Yasmin s narration makes the book so easy to take in that you don t realise uite how expertly Kavanagh is crafting her characters and setting up the plot s final revelations Watch out for this one it deserves to be a hit and would also make a great film A Coney Island of the Mind Poems uickly that afterwards it feels like a hallucination dream or nightmare Perhaps a less melodramatic comparison would be a film some stories make you feel like you ve spent a couple of hours watching a movie seeing it all play out vividly right in front of you than a few days on and off reading a book I breezed through Things We Have in Common in just a few hours during which my absorption in the story heightened to increasingly feverish levels and afterwards it felt like something I had seen almost physically experienced rather than read I had this mental picture of the setting clouded in a summer haze that still lingers I could see the colour palette of the film version Yasmin is fifteen years old and Fearful Hunter #1 unhappy She s friendless and the victim of school bullies she has a strained relationship with her stepfather and therefore also with her mother she s overweight and endures visits to a patronising dietitian whose advice she ignores anyway The shining light in her life is her obsession a combination of idolatry and desire with a radiant classmate Alice Taylor We meet Yasmin when she is staring at Alice but also watching someone else do the same This is the first thing she has in common with her co observer a stranger with whom she immediately feels a bond But this person is no fellow pupil he is a middle aged man Samuel as he turns out to be called although there s some ambiguity about whether this is his real name is a chameleon like character who moves from sinister to thoroughly innocuous so swiftly and freuently that it s no doubt intentionally impossible to get an angle on who he is Yasmin s initial childish idea that he s a predatory paedophile seems to be The Wedding Day upended when she actually meets him finding instead a dog lover whose mother has recently died lonely awkward but apparently harmless Yet it s precisely the potential of dubious Promise Me Tomorrow ualities that draw Yasmin to him Like many an outsider she recognises a kindred spirit And like many an obsessive she nurtures fantasies of rescuing the object of her affection in such a grand and public manner that she will naturally receive adoration in return Her complicated attraction to Samuel then is partly a matter of wanting to protect her beloved Alice from a perceived threat but at the same time wishing harm Irresistible Intruder upon her so Yasmin can swoop in and save the day In the middle of all this the lines start blurring around who it is that Yasmin idolises as her focus shifts from Alice to Samuel and back again The chain of events that results turns this into a The Ripening Sun One Woman and the Creation of a Vineyard uniuely twisted coming of age story and a redefinition of be careful what you wish for I spent much of this book wondering what it was that the narrator s voice reminded me of The Razor's Edge unable to put my finger on it and then towards the end I realised it was Jacueline Wilson specifically a book of hers that was a childhood favourite of mine The Suitcase Kid I know it might seem like I m insulting Kavanagh by comparing her novel to a book for pre teen kids but I mean it as a compliment the author captures the voice of a young girl in such a way that her narrative has the ring of authenticity but also works very well as entertainment And I always loved Wilson s style and characters anyway It s because of this lightness that it s The Old Man Who Loved Cheese uite easy to sidestep the doubts you will inevitably have about Yasmin is the simultaneous existence of such naivety and such manipulative power really believable for a gauche 15 year old and simply allow yourself to be drawn into the irresistible flow of the story The other and for me obvious reference point is Jenn Ashworth s A Kind of Intimacy Yasmin is in ways than one a junior version of Ashworth s anti heroine Annie and Things We Have in Common is the same kind of darkly humorous character study When I started writing this I d forgotten the description Doll 87th Precinct #20 used in the publisher s catalogue it referred to Things We Have in Common as Sue Townsend meets Zo Heller which of course also worksThis is a really strong debut novel a subtle masterclass in character building with a teenage voice so genuine that Yasmin really comes alive It s rare for me to read a book Adam Green's Book Of Hollow Days uickly and yet find its characters and other details only become solid in my head as time passes but that s exactly what has happened with Things We Have in Common partly I think because Yasmin s narration makes the book so easy to take in that you don t realise Stolen Stronger #1 uite how expertly Kavanagh is crafting her characters and setting Black Holes Wormholes Time Machines up the plot s final revelations Watch out for this one it deserves to be a hit and would also make a great film


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