I just read this one and it is a wonderful collection of stories about love. It won the Carnegie Award, the Burnley Book Award, and the Globe-Horn Honor Book Award; that’s why I borrowed it! It really is quite an enjoyable book, as it shows all different kinds of romances, and all kinds of outcomes. Here’s what it’s about:
Jess, and 18-year-old girl, is going to go away from home for the first time. As a goodbye party, the whole family gathers and tells stories of their young love-life. The stories include her grandparents’ Bridie and Jack’s forbidden romance; her grandma Dorothy’s sad tale; her parent’s meeting and her own tales of life.
It’s a… nice book. Yes, pleasant, I suppose. Not very exciting, but good for people who like sweet stories. I would give it 7.5 stars because it’s quite average. I would recommend it for children over 12 because younger kids might think love lives are difficult, when actually it isn’t. So, yep, that’s my rating. Hope it helps!
(Note: I actually recommended it for 12+ but wrote it as 8+ accidentally. Luckily, the real author Berlie Doherty reminded me about certain chapters so I could fix it. Check her out at her official website.)