What Is My Why?

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I’ve finally seen the end of my time in school after saying goodbye to the two years I’ve just spent in Sixth Form. Suffice to say, it’s been two of the hardest years of my life so far. It’s been a time where I’ve questioned a lot about myself and what I’ve been doing and whilst questioning those things, I’ve also had to try and find the answer.

Lush Spa || The Comforter?

When Bath Thermae Spa told my sister that they weren't going to have room for the treatments we wanted my heart sank a little bit since we had both been saving up to go there and relax for a while after what had been a stressful couple of months. There were slots available for the following week but those weren't going to be of any use to us since my sister had to be back in work that week so there was no way that we were going to be able to make it up there. But there was no way I was going to let the Easter holiday pass us by without us getting the relaxation we'd been waiting for. So, we finally decided to have a look on the Lush website to see what spa treatments they had available and then ring up Bath Lush Spa to see if they had any room available for us and thankfully they did. Not only that but we got to have a double treatment room.

Book Review: Things I Should Have Known

Title: Things I Should Have Known
Author: Claire LaZebnik  
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers 
Release Date: March 27th 2017 
Pages: 320
Format: E-book

"Meet Chloe Mitchell, a popular Los Angeles girl who’s decided that her older sister, Ivy, who’s on the autism spectrum, could use a boyfriend. Chloe already has someone in mind: Ethan Fields, a sweet, movie-obsessed boy from Ivy’s special needs class.

Chloe would like to ignore Ethan’s brother, David, but she can’t—Ivy and Ethan aren’t comfortable going out on their own, so Chloe and David have to tag along. Soon Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan form a quirky and wholly lovable circle. And as the group bonds over frozen-yogurt dates and movie nights, Chloe is forced to confront her own romantic choices—and the realization that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal."

Things I Should Have Known explores the relationship between younger sister Chloe and her Ivy, her older, autistic sister and shows how Chloe, her mum and step dad all find way to try and connect with Ivy and look after her. I was so excited to read this book once I got it from Netgalley and devoured it within two days!

I absolutely loved the way that LaZebnik explored the relationship between both sisters. It showed the way that Chloe loved her sister aby thea  nd wanted to do the best by her but at the same time, it showed how she sometimes struggled with trying to gain an emotional connection with her sister and how she got frustrated with the things that Ivy would do. Chloe was a character that I wasn't a massive fan of right at the start of the story but as I learnt more about her, I did begin to like her that little bit more.

The book didn't focus on a lot of romance which was refreshing to read. We got to find out more about Ivy and Ethan and how they were trying to break out of this box that they're family was trying to put them in. On a whole, the book was extremely well written and there were so many thing that I loved about it. 

There were one or two small issues that I did experience with the book. I thought the relationship that did develop happened a little too fast and with very, very little explanation. As much as I loved not having the entire plot revolve around it, I feel that there could have been a little more time taken on it. As well as that, I felt that there were a few things at the end of the book that could have been wrapped up a little better as I did think that the ending was a little rushed. 

All in all though, this was an incredible book and I loved every moment of reading it.

Rating: 4 stars 

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After Exam Stress || Exam Season

After spending however long in a hall of pure silence and finally being able to walk out and let out a breath of air, I find that sometimes it's the aftermath of an exam that can be the most stressful part of it. Personally, its the worst part of an exam day, I can't stand it! I'm not someone that likes to analyse my paper very often and if I feel like it's been a bad exam the last thing that I want to do is talk about it. So, there's how I cope with the stress that comes after sitting an exam.