This Book is Gay by James Dawson

1:04 PM

Star Rating: 5/5 
Title: This Book is Gay 
Author: James Dawson
Publisher: Hot Key
Pages: 208 
Genre: Non-Fiction, Young Adult, LGBT, Dating, Love

Where to buy: 
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A funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious - for everybody, no matter their gender or sexuality.
Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it's like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know - from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more.
I felt like I hadn't posted in a while (I have exams starting April 27th and ending May 11th so you may see little of me around this time) and as I am having a bit of a break from revision I thought I would take the time to write a book review! I'm sure you have heard of this book before, it has hit the book community by storm and I actually had the pleasure of meeting the author and he is the most hilarious person ever, he just says it like it is and he's just brilliant.

Onto the book. This isn't just a sex education book, this book is a manual, this book is a guide to how life should be lived and how people should be treated. When I got this book, I didn't know what to expect, to be honest I hadn't heard what it was about so I figured it was probably a fiction book based on the life of a gay couple, I was so wrong! But still, that was what I thought just from the cover, but after reading the book, or should I say devouring the book, I just love how clever the title is and how well it fits into the book and its message.

Yes there are chapters on sex education, which I do think is important with any sexuality as it's important to be safe and practice safe sex, STD's are heavily on the rise and this book speaks about how and why they should teach this in schools as part of the sex education. It may be an embarrassing subject but isn't it worth talking about if it stops diseases, saves lives? I think so.

This book spoke to me on so many levels, you don't have to be a part of this community to enjoy the book and to realise that this is a problem and that it should be dealt with. James handled this topic so well, he gave the statistics, he gave the facts and he was serious about the issue whilst also making you laugh out loud (yes people do give you funny looks when you cry laughing on your commute to university).

I learnt so much from this book, he even includes a chapter where he speaks about popular holiday destinations where LGBT is still illegal and it's just insane to think that this still happens and I am shocked that it does and it was so eye opening to read about. There is even a section dedicated to parents of children who are LGBT which I think is incredibly helpful and should be read by parents, especially those who are close minded.

My favourite part of this book was where James speaks about arguments people make against the LGBT community, particularly those who say that the Bible says it's wrong, he also listed other things that the bible says you should and shouldn't do so if you're following the Bible so strictly you should also sell your daughter to slavery. Everything just made sense, it was so well written and it shows how close minded and hypocritical people are that are against LGBT.

I was pleased when I saw who the illustrator was, if you ever read the ally's world books when you were younger like I did then you will also recognise the illustrator, The illustrations added so much to the book and to the enjoyment of it, it isn't just a book that says "look how badly LGBT are treated", it makes you laugh but it has a message and it's a message that I wish more people would pay attention to.

I absolutely adored this book and I highly recommend it to everyone. This should be a book that everybody has to read, it should be a book that is readily in libraries as well as schools, everyone would benefit from reading it.

Have you read this book? What did you think?


Makeup Haul and Swatches!

12:00 AM

MAC Limited Edition Cinderella Lipstick in Free as a Butterfly
I couldn't believe how quickly all of the Cinderella stuff sold out on MAC and I was gutted because I am obsessed with Disney, and have recently become obsessed with MAC so I really wanted something from the collection. I liked the look of both of the lipsticks as well as the eyeshadow palette, but everything sold out quickly and no surprise, it sold out quickly in store too. But! To my surprise they actually restocked some things! I managed to get the free as a butterfly lipstick and they were sold out again not long later, I know that this is probably like 70% a packaging buy but I really like the lipstick, I've been wearing it ontop of a Rimmel Lipliner called East End Snob as well as some other lipsticks that I want to make slightly paler, I really want Royal Ball but I'm glad I managed to get this one.

MAC Lipstick in Twig
If you saw my previous MAC Haul you will know that one of the lipsticks I wanted to get was this one and that both of the stores had sold out of it, apparantly it is an incredibly popular shade. So whilst I was making my purchase for the Cinderella lipstick, I had a look to see if it was in stock and it was and I have to say, I think that this is now my favourite lipstick that I own, I really love how it looks on my skin and it's a perfect everyday shade and can also be dressed up with a smokey eye for night!
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Gilt By Association
I swatched the gold, black and both of the shadows mixed together below. As you can see the gold is gorgeous and the black is perfect for smokey eyes and together they make the most gorgeous glittering brown colour. I actually got this at the Cheshire oaks outlet village for £10! Can you believe it! My mum actually picked it up for me and said "this is nice" because we both like similar eyeshadow colours, browns and golds as well as navy's. I can't thank her enough for finding this, I'm in love.

MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque
Another steal that I got for £10 from the Cheshire oaks outlet village! I found this one myself and just think it would look beautiful alone on the lid as well as underneath other colours and I was right! I've worn it twice now since I've got it and think it's going to look especially gorgeous in the summer, it's so subtle but so nice!
L'oreal Lumiere Eyeshadow in 500
I got this eyeshadow around Christmas time because I was wearing a burgundy coloured dress and thought that this along with a berry lip would work perfect and I was right! It is beautifully pigmented and even more so when its wet! It's so soft and buttery and I think it's going to last such a long time, I love it.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin
This eyeshadow was on sale for £10 on beauty bay and as I have heard that a lot of people adore this colour I decided that I would get it, as I already own the naked 3 palette and know that I love urban decay eyeshadows I just needed to see if I liked the colour. And I do, it's probably the most gorgeous packaging I have ever seen for a single eyeshadow, it's a beautiful colour and I enjoy wearing it on days I'm in university just to give my eyes that effortless look and I also love wearing it in my inner corner, so beautiful!
So thats it for my makeup haul! I have collected these over a few months and had took pictures but wanted to show you all in one go so that you had a couple of things to look at, I hope you enjoyed!


Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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Recently I had an amazing opportunity to do a weeks work placement in a disability school where my sister used to attend. I was put in the pathways department and more specifically I was put in a seperate little bungalow of 9 students, 2 teachers and 3 teaching assistants where 8 of the students were diagnosed on the scale of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I really enjoyed my placement and was given a mass amount of folders and information by one of the teachers, I was shocked by exactly how different the children were to what I was expecting, so I thought that this would be a good topic for psych bites, to inform you all of what I have learnt on the placement and also how amazing people with this disorder really are.
If you have read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon or watched Rain Man you probably have an idea in your head as to what exactly someone with Autism is like, you may believe that most people with Autism have insane mathematical ability, are unable to make eye contact and do not like to be touched. I'm going to go through these symptoms and whether or not there is any truth to them as well as telling you an important part of Autism which is often ignored.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder is a Developmental disorder that typically occurs during early childhood. There are no cures for this disorder, there are some management tactics as well as some theories that parents may turn to as they believe they might help, For example there has been some articles/books that have suggested diet may be a cause of Autism and some parents may stop their children from having dairy or gluten. Whilst there is no scientific proof of this it can be a comfort to some parents.

One of the most common misconceptions about people with Autism is that they all have some amazing ability that goes way beyond what an average person is able to do. This can sometimes be the case, but these people are called Savants. An example of this is Stephen Wiltshire (Click here for a Documentary on him and his life) who can draw incredibly detailed drawings from memory, for instance he was taken in a helicopter ride over New York City and was able to draw this from memory.
This is not however, the case for every child who is on the Autistic Spectrum. There can be people who are on this spectrum that aren't as effected in day to day life as with some other people. There are some people who may just find social situations uncomfortable and be unable to process emotion or understand it in ways others can, but may not be as severe as some other people on the Autistic Spectrum.

People with Autism often struggle with communication, the children I met some were using sign language rather than speaking, there was also one child who would whisper when they spoke and some which just didn't communicate at all. On the other end though, there were children which were able to talk and communicate but it was clearly difficult for them, they would not make eye contact or in the case of one child, would constantly ask questions and may even repeat the question even if you've already answered, this was a form of defense mechanism as the anxiety of being spoken to and not wanting to be asked questions made the child constantly ask questions themselves.

A huge part of Autistic Spectrum Disorder is the senses. There are children which may have senses
which are hypersensitive (over sensitive) or hyposensitive (under sensitive) an example is this is having hypersensitive hearing which may mean loud noises are painful. Some children with this disorder need to stimulate their senses often, whilst I was on my placement the teacher had what was called "sensory breaks" where the children were able to stimulate their senses, for example one child would sort of make themselves slip off of a frame (without hurting themselves) because they liked the feeling of slipping and slippery surfaces. In fact you may be shocked to hear that there are some people with the disorder that may feel pain when getting their hair cut!

Of course there is also the feature of being unable to recognise facial expressions and body language which also makes it difficult to communicate, think about it, how often do you look at someones face or body for clues about what they're really trying to say? How often does it happen that someone says nothing at all but you can tell if they are angry or annoyed at you? Children with Autistic Spectrum disorder find this difficult.

Though it is incredibly hard to categorise and write down that these are the symptoms for Autistic Spectrum Disorder because each person is different with the disorder just like everyone is different. The point is, I think that we should try and understand people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and that more places should accommodate them.

I wrote this for Autism awareness day but am slightly late with finishing it, apologies. But I do think this is an important issue and that more people should be aware of this disorder and what it involves, I hope my post helped you understand a little better.


Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton

12:00 AM

Star Rating: 5/5 
Title: Unspeakable
Author: Abbie Rushton
Publisher: Atom
Pages: 288
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Thriller

Where to buy: 
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Megan doesn't speak. She hasn't spoken in months.

Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan's head - things that are screaming to be heard - that she cannot, must not, let out.

Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can't quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter.

Megan would love to speak again, and it seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else?
I have been incredibly excited to talk about this book. If you have been following my blog for a few months you will know that this was on my Most Anticipated Books of 2015 I had really high hopes for this one and usually when that happens the book is never quite what I expected, but with this I was not disappointed and I can't wait to read more by Abbie Rushton.

I actually had the amazing pleasure of meeting her along with James Dawson and Lisa Williamson and we had been chatting on twitter because I wanted her to know how much I had enjoyed her book and how incredible her writing was, she recognized me which absolutely made my day and we had a chat about my hometown (where she used to work!) and she wrote the nicest message in the book, she is definitely one of the nicest authors I have met and I felt so comfortable talking to her.

This book is about a girl called Megan, she doesn't speak at all and whenever she tries to speak little voices in her head stop her and tell her how worthless she is. These voices also give quiet clues along the way as to what it is that has stopped Megan from speaking all this time. This was one of the reasons I couldn't stop reading, I was desperate to know what had happened to Megan, what was so traumatic that she felt like she couldn't speak anymore. I really connected with Megan as a character, she was so well written and I really liked her.

Jasmine, now she is the change in this book, the new girl that starts at the school which may be the change which starts Megan talking again. It's amazing how quickly their friendship grows even with a distinct lack of communication, Jasmine doesn't seem phased by it, she's almost just happy to be in Megan's company and can chat away, Megan does communicate on pen and paper at points but obviously this is a lot harder to get your emotions across. I loved Jasmine and Megan, I loved watching their friendship grow even though I was a bit unsure what to think about Jasmine at first I did end up liking her a lot.

There are two more characters I want to briefly mention and that is Luke and Sadie. Luke is Megans best friend, he knows about this trauma and hes stayed by her, he knew Megan when she was talking, before the incident. I actually liked Luke as a character, I felt sorry for him a lot of the time because he had put all his time and effort into spending time with Megan and then Jasmine comes along out of nowhere, this for me is incredibly good writing. Sadie, she was the popular girl who was once friends with Megan but now makes her life hell, I hated her, the whole way through it I just wanted to scream at her to stop and leave her alone, towards the end though my opinion changed.

The best part about this book was the mystery, the wanting to know what it was that had happened. We found out towards the end and I was incredibly shocked, I was starting to guess what had happened but didn't know the full details and it hadn't crossed my mind. Then came, the twist. I wasn't expecting it at all, It didn't cross my mind even for a second which shows how much of an incredibly talented writer Abbie is.

I find it hard to put into words what exactly it is that I like about a book when I've read it, so I hope I have done this book justice. But I say to you, if you like mystery, if you like twists, if you like romance, pick this book up, you won't regret it.