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Blog Tour Review - Looking for Lucie by Amanda Addison

 Blog Tour Review - Looking for Lucie by Amanda Addison "Where are you really from?" It's a question every brown girl in a white-washed town is familiar with, and one that Lucie has never been able to answer. All she knows is that her mother is white, she's never met her father, and she looks nothing like the rest of her family. She can't even talk about it because everyone says it shouldn't matter! Well, it matters to Lucie and-with her new friend Nav, who knows exactly who he is-she's determined to find some answers. What do you do when your entire existence is a question with no answer? You do a DNA test. Looking for Lucie is a fascinating look at what it is like growing up mixed race in contemporary Britain. It's a story about family and culture, and what they can mean for different people, as Lucie tries to figure out where she fits into the world. She doesn't look like any of the rest of her family, and her ethnicity is impossible to figure o

Amy from Golden Books Girl takes the Inside Out Challenge.

Hiya! This is really quite exciting. One of the big motivations for starting my own book blog was the opportunity to come up with my own book challenge, inspired by Steph and her Desert Island Book challenge. I started sending out instructions for mine last week, and now I have the first reply back to share with you!

You can find full details of the challenge here - Inside Out Challenge but to recap, it's based on the five 'emotional' characters from the Disney film, Inside Out, and books that cause those emotions for us as readers.

Since I started this blog, Amy has been a wonderful supporter of it, and I'm so pleased to present you with her response.

First, please introduce yourself, including any blog addresses or twitter handles you like.

I'm Amy, I'm a teen book blogger (who also talks about films, Disney and lifestyle stuff on occasion)  at I tweet @GoldenBooksGirl.

Can you tell me about a book you have read that made you feel joy?

I love books that make me wholeheartedly happy, and for me that's Geek Girl. I talk about them an awful lot, if you haven't already noticed. They're hilarious, have the most lovely romance ever and are just full to the brim of characters you'll adore. The only time I've ever felt sad reading them is the bullying scenes, and at the end of a reread where I realise I need to leave Harriet's world again.

What about a book that filled you with sadness? 

Boy in the Tower always makes me incredibly emotional. Ade is so strong in negotiating both the challenges his mum's agoraphobia and the bluchers presents, and there are just some really emotional moments throughout the book as a whole.

Have you read a book that made you feel angry?

As a feminist, the Spinster Club trilogy, Moxie and The Exact Opposite of Okay made me absolutely fuming with the patriarchy and the sexist characters within. They're all fabulous books; fierce, funny and feminist, and I highly recommend them to everybody.

Has a book ever disgusted you? 

My condition causes me to have nausea quite a lot, so certain descriptions occasionally trigger it/make it worse. I don't know why, but a lot of the descriptions in Gaslight did. Does that count? I also feel disgusted by sexist, racist and homophobic characters.

Can you tell me about a book that made you afraid? 

In general, I don't like horror books, and I don't like dystopia. They give me the creeps. The only horror type thing I've ever enjoyed (despite my terror) was Sally Nicholls' Close Your Pretty Eyes because even though there were horror elements it also told a very real, heartbreaking story about a girl adjusting to a home in which she isn't abused. I'm also considering reading Grave Matter, in broad daylight obviously. I also like Boy in the Tower, but it never quite feels like a dystopia somehow.

And finally, can you tell me a little bit about a book that you know inside out? 

Ooh, Geek Girl of course! I could also recite the plots of quite a few Babysitters' Club books, and ALL of the Pony Club Secrets series. I've read them quite a number of times since I was 9 for the former, and 6 or 7 for the latter.
Twitter: @GoldenBooksGirl

Thank you so much for taking part in this, Amy. I think I'm going to have to read Geek Girl soon. And despite some objections, I'm going to allow multiple books for some of the responses.

If anyone else fancies giving this a go, please DM me on twitter at @notsotweets with an email address, and I'll send you the instructions.


  1. Great answers Amy. I'm still working on mine.

  2. Forgot to day thanks for having me Liam! x

    1. my pleasure, thanks Amy. It's currently the most viewed page on my blog by some margin.

    2. I have just seen this , and had the most horrid of days, so that is lovely to hear 😊


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