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Sweet Sorrow


Do you remember when you finished your GCSE’s that feeling of freedom, the long summer stretched out before you? Feeling a mix of sadness to see friends go separate ways and excitement at what the future would hold. Maybe it was also the summer you fell in love for the first time. Meet Charlie Lewis, sixteen years old. He’s the boy you don’t remember in your school photos. For Charlie the future seems bleak. He lives at home and looks after his dad, he knows he hasn’t done well in his exams and he isn’t sure what he’ll do with the long summer let alone the rest of his life. What he doesn’t know is that this summer will be life changing. The summer he falls in love for the first time. Prepare to fall in love with Charlie because this kid is immensely likeable and his story is beautifully sweet, romantic and just so relatable! I read this one with a smile on my face. It’s every bit as good as I hoped it would be. It’s funny, moving, heartfelt and made me feel really nostalgic for the sixteen year old me. David Nicholls brought so many memories back to me with this book. I remember the anxiety of going to get my results, and feeling a little lost as I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life while everyone else seemed to have it mapped out. My first love came a little later, when I was at college but it was every bit a special as a first love should be and one that I remember with great fondness. I highly recommend this Sweet Sorrow, for me it is the perfect summer read. I am so excited to be going to an event on Tuesday with David Nicolls and I hope I’ll be able to do a giveaway afterwards so watch this space! Thank you so much for my gifted copy, it’s one that I loved reading and will treasure.

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