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1997 - Somewhere on the outskirts of London, (think middle class home counties dull as dishwater suburbia). School oddities, April, Jamie and Tom, are trying to work out how to be 15.

April is battling anxiety, is obsessed with Sylvia Plath and has a crush on Tom.

Tom's dad died 18 months ago. His mum has turned into a ghost and his little sister has become his big responsibility. His life is held together by secrets, and Britpop, and oh yeah - Tom is in love with April.

Jamie is angry, and she wants everyone to know it. There's more to her story, but Jamie won't tell.

Yuki, Tom's weird neighbour thinks he has his life sorted, and imparts his pearls of wisdom by channelling Jim Morrison, leather trousers and all.

If you've ever felt overwhelmed, anxious, or out of your depth. If the four rights chords can make you cry, this is the book for you.


  • Wow, I read this book in two days, couldn’t put it down!

    Whilst I have read some young adult fiction in the past (Jandy Nelson, Rainbow Rowell) I mostly stick to crime thrillers so this was a bit of a departure for me but it did not disappoint. Whilst these specific experiences did not happen to me it took me right back to secondary school and could remember feeling so much of what the characters went through.

    Two things I loved most about the book were April and Tom, no spoilers but every teenager can relate and the self help advice expertly woven into the fiction writing.

    When I discovered at the end that the author Ericka lives with anxiety I was left thinking what a superhero she must be to put herself out there in this way. I hope she can read this review to know that in writing this book her battles will inspire countless young adults of the future. I highly recommend this book and eagerly wait to read more of this authors work.
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