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Yesterday a parent came over to tell me how impressed she was by the book fair and that you did a fabulous job of selling the books to the children first. In this day and age, people are fixated on followers and fame- but Influential shows what it's like if you had that choice taken away. It seems that Almond’s mother thinks the two of them might become close, but Almond’s aware that everything is about numbers.

I’ve seen deepfakes and AI being spoken about a lot in the news and online and debates around it, but I haven’t seen it tackled in fiction yet so this was quite a bold approach in my opinion but it really worked. To complicate matters her puppet masters include her beloved but domineering Mum and, with deteriorating mental health, Almond finds it difficult to maintain the facade expected by her sponsors. stars because everything I have said is really positive because I do think this book is a really good and important read but I have got some really mixed feelings about this book because I like it and the point it is just trying to make but than I am just getting bored at time and I really loved it in the middle but I thought it had a really slow start and thought the ending was a bit slow. Beyond the social commentary (with a lot of important points being raised with regards to race too, the main character being biracial), it was also a super entertaining and, at times, deeply affecting read. While fame and wealth sounds appealing this shows the reality of all that and will maybe get people to see what's behind the influencer mask.All she has to do is remember who she really is, who is there for her, and that she can always talk to her parents. Amara fearlessly tackles topics such as deepfakes, AI, bullying, self-harm, controlling parenting, and mental health, shedding light on the darker side of the online world. Only, it's not the life Almond would have chosen for herself, and being on a platform all the time has made her anxious and insecure. Ross Welford introduces Time Travelling with a Tortoise, the sequel to Time Travelling with a Hamster, and a whole new time travel adventure! Before I head on to my review of this brilliant book I just wanted to update you on my MIA from the blog.

Then again, Almond’s in a web of despair, her self- harming at such a stage that she’s been seeing consultant psychodermatologist Dr Wallace who’s recommended a Teen Therapy course. Bringing text style writing and graphics representing the instagram insight graphs I believe this book very well represents contemporary psychology very well. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Almond Brown is a seventeen year old 'influencer', who's career started when she was only a child, thanks to her mother's own family vlogging 'influencer' aspirations. This is a perfect book for it's intended audience, but also a reflective book for an older audience.The money from brand deals, versus having people feel like they know who you really are, rather than them just seeing a snapshot of your life - and normally only the good parts. When I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about its characters, I loved it’s ability to tackle the societal issues (racism, sexualisation, alcoholism etc. Becky Chambers's new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?

Her perspective on the background and behind the scenes of child influencers really sheds a lot of light, and it’s interesting to see (and read about) what it’s actually like. Also Joss is really cute <3 (shouldn't have actually taken me this long to read the book lol but busy with BMAT revision- now done! I also think it’s ridiculously important to have these storylines and to bring these issues into young adult fiction because with the rise of social media and a lot of unsupervised internet access, these things can happen and for a young person it can be really daunting.

It’s something that’s at the forefront of discussions on social media right now, and to explore that through fiction was amazing. The author did a really good job at making the reader feel immersed and like the actual main character, at least that's what I thought. While I’m a sucker for romance (and this book did have the tiniest sprinkle) I love when friendships, family relationships, and self love take centre stage sometimes. You guys were so fab and Dawn was such a lovely presence in the schools - I will absolutely be in touch next time I'm in your neck of the woods. Maybe I didn't experience online hate, but I was bullied for many years of my life, so I couldn't help thinking of myself and what I felt back then.

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