The author was giving away copies of her book via Twitter, so we requested one. She sent it over with a lovely card and I (Abiola) was so excited to read it.

Includes a spoiler

Blurb: An uplifting story of friendship, unity and hope that highlights the important and topical issues surrounding young carers and young refugees.

Fourteen-year-old Stevie lives in Lewes with her beloved vinyl collection, her mum ... and her mum's depression. When Stevie's mum's disability benefits are cut, Stevie and her mother are plunged into a life of poverty. But irrepressible Stevie is determined not to be beaten and she takes inspiration from the lyrics of her father's 1980s record collection and dreams of a life as a musician. Then she meets Hafiz, a talented footballer and a Syrian refugee. Hafiz's parents gave their life savings to buy Hafiz a safe passage to Europe; his journey has been anything but easy. Then he meets Stevie...

As Stevie and Hafiz's friendship grows, they encourage each other to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.

I loved the original concept of this book and was not disappointed. Stevie is poor and looks after her depressed mum and Hafiz has travelled to the UK from Syria. They meet at school aand become quick friends. Learning about Hafiz’s journey to the UK and all he and his family went through really touched my heart. Stevie is a talented musician who has everything going for her to change her life yet is held back because of her mum not being able to defeat her depression. I love Stevie and Hafiz! They are both unique individuals that you so badly want to win in life. I did want some form of romance lol. A great educational book that promotes diversity and mental health.

4.5/5 (just because I wanted one kiss)

You can purchase a copy here

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