Book Review – You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance

yolo.jpgThe start of a hilarious new teen series for fans of Geek Girl.

Gracie Dart has always worked hard and she’s got a wall covered with revision timetables and French verbs to prove it. But now GCSEs are behind her and she suddenly starts to think: what was the POINT of it all?

When Gracie thinks she’s dying of a disgusting tropical illness, she starts to worry she’s been wasting her best years being sensible. It’s like people say: you only live once – so isn’t it about time she started LIVING?
(OK, so the tropical illness turned out to be a fake-tan miscalculation. Anyone could make the same mistake.)

When Gracie decides to do something, she does it properly. Gracie Dart is about to live out her dreams. However embarrassing.


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I enjoyed the concept of the story in You Only Live Once – trying to make the most of life and being spontaneous. However, Grace is not my favourite character! I like her some of the time – like the part with her Nan. But her obsession with social media approval and ditching her friends just to hang out with people she has deemed to be cool for whatever reason means she gets mixed up with some people who aren’t great and doing some incredibly uncool things. And she just explains it all away. She is selfish and melodramatic (as you can tell from the whole dying thing!!) and for someone who has only just decided to live in the moment, she seems not to care about the consequences of what she does.

I do like the moral of learning to trust your instincts on right vs wrong, and not doing things just because your friends are, but that’s about it, to be honest.

Til and Sophie and her Nan are great secondary characters, and I think I’d have liked more of them in the book – though I do know it would have defeated the point of the book a little.


Buy You Only Live Once from Amazon UK (affiliate link)

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