The Penguin Teen Showcase Made Me Do It

GUYS! Last week I attended the Penguin teen showcase (catch up on all the things by searching #penguinteenshowcase on the twitters) BUT I SAW LOVE, SIMON *heart eyes* that’s all I’m gonna say about it though, I’ll be watching it again once it formally comes out at the movies, so hilarious and happy making.

Now back to the original point A RANT BECAUSE PENGUIN PUBLISHERS ARE HORRIBLE. Do you know how many books they made me put on my tbr? I know right!? How horrible of them to be publishing all the good books and taking all my money.


36060792.jpgStone Girl by Eleni Hale

This book has to be my most anticipated and I only found out about it on the night. Stone Girl is about a girl who’s become a ward of the state and started living in a residential unit with a bunch of other teens. It’s about how these kids are forgotten about and the author having grown up in ressie units herself draws a lot on her own experiences.

Having been around a lot of friends that grew up in ressie units I’m super excited to read this book. You do grow up fast when you’re forced to and it completely changes you as a person. I’m also really interested to see how much I see of my teenage years in this book as my experiences ain’t really reflected in your average contemporary YA.

35100075.jpgNeverland by Margot McGovern

Oh what that names familiar? Yes it’s Lectito herself! Margot is an aussie blogger and I am pumped not only to read her book because I always enjoyed her blog but because it sounds incredible. Now I wasn’t obsessed with Peter Pan as a kid but this story sounds great on its own. Mental health, teenagers, mermaids and fantasies that turn dangerous. I thought I’d be snagging myself an early copy at the showcase but it was not meant to be *cries* *sits patiently until April*.

36266226.jpgTin Heart by Shivaun Plozza

I adored Shivaun’s debut Frankie, it’s so Aussie, so great and I’ve been waiting for another by her ever since. Tin Heart is about an actual heart transplant?! I’ve never read about something like that and I didn’t realise I wanted to until hearing the synopsis. Family fun, a literal new chance at life, and Shivaun’s writing, I’m sold.



32797600.jpgThe Dangerous Art of Blending in by Angelo Surmelis

This book is going to break me. A book about Evan, his mum is abusive and see’s him as a disappointment, his dad works a lot and doesn’t speak much, and he has a crush on his Best friend Henry.

“Evan has to decide how to find his voice in a world where he has survived so long by avoiding attention at all costs.”





This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

I actually own this book so it’s most likely to be read before the other three. I’ve heard so much about This Mortal Coil from friends so hearing more from Penguin just gave me the kick in the but to read this awesome story about a character that can hack into DNA!? YES PLEASE.




I had a great time at the Showcase and just want to thank Penguin so much for putting on such an amazing free event and allowing me to watch Love,Simon with a room full of book lovers, the reactions from everyone were amazing and I don’t think I ever want to be in a different cinema crowd.

Are these books on your TBR? Are you pumped to watch Love, Simon? YOU SHOULD BE ITS GOING TO MAKE YOU FEEL ALL THE THINGS ALL AT ONCE AND AHHHHHHH. 

11 thoughts on “The Penguin Teen Showcase Made Me Do It

  1. The Dangerous Art of Blending In sounds so good, I’m going to have to pick that one up! I want to read This Mortal Coil too. SOOOOO JEALOUS that you got to see Love, Simon! I am SO EXCITED for that movie ❤

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    1. I’m jealous of myself for being able to see it, its worth the wait though and i really believe its going to shake up the teen movie world and get so much love which it deserves so glad more people are going to have this story now, cant wait for you to see it!

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  2. The showcase atmosphere with Love, Simon was absolutely amazing and I adored the film so much as well!!! Like you I am 100% seeing it again when it comes into cinemas in late March!! I have This Mortal Coil as well and I should really, really read it. It honestly sounds like something we’d both love! ❤

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  3. Ugh! I’m so jealous you got to view Simon early! I assume it was well done?

    I am so excited for Margot’s book! I cannot wait to read it either 🙂

    I just read a review for The Dangerous Art of Blending in and it sounds like a good book. Unfortunately I am triggered by books with graphic child abuse, so I probably won’t be picking it up. Even though books like this are hard to read, they are so important to shed light on these issues.

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    1. It was super well done and even without it being a book adaptation I would have loved it. Yes it’s so exciting! I did get to see her at the event but I was running late so I just quickly waved and ran in XD

      I feel this will def be triggering the reviews I read sounded like it was heartbreaking so it’s understandable if you dont want to read it.


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