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OVEREMOTIONAL: your new queer YA obsession!

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You guess not? Jesus, I'm asking if you are sexually aroused by women, not asking if you want butter on your toast." David Fenne discusses OVEREMOTIONAL @ ForbiddenPlanet.com - UK and Worldwide Cult Entertainment Megastore

Overemotional by David Fenne published by Bonnier Books Overemotional by David Fenne published by Bonnier Books

Well, funny you should ask! I’ve just handed in book 2 in the OVEREMOTIONAL Trilogy! The gang will be heading off to London for university, but not everything is as it seems . . . [CFi ed: I didn’t notice that it was first in a trilogy and I’m so pleased that we’ll meet them again a little older, with the new challenges of uni!] I feel like there are parts that felt muddled, like they just needed more trimmed off. I found some of Fairburn's logs a bit overwritten, I understand the style is different to the other POVs but it could have been more succinct. I do find the descriptions a little much, however that’s probably because the author needs to illustrate the layout of his story. I tend to not read the synopsis before I read a book, however I found the last chapter just about wrap it up and thought to myself whether David was giving himself room for a sequel. Then I read the blurb and found out this is the 1st of a trilogy. I find Steven’s voice the easiest because he’s the most similar to me, but I love Troy. He’s so earnest, polite, and optimistic in everything he does, and his fish-out-of-water point of view (being an American in the UK) is a great comedic vein to mine. He’s such a golden retriever that you can’t help but love him.

Of course it's also a queer story. And not just in a "this character happens to be gay" way. It's integral part of the plot. There's a main thread of self acceptance which I think is perfect for the target age range. I can see this positively impacting older teens and young adults. However, there are some intense and surprising topics discussed during the latter half of the book especially and caution should be taken when reading. The story follows Steven, his best friend, Freya, her boyfriend, Marcus (who Steven isn’t so fond of) and an American student, Troy, as they’re stranded in the town with a broken down car while also being on the hunt from a strange DEMA organisation. Throughout the book Steven tries to figure out how to control his emotion caused powers with the help of a mysterious man he met in a bathroom at a greasy cafe as well as finding out who he is as a person. The book reads from the main characters points of view so you really get to know them quite well. I enjoyed Steven and Troy but I found Freya irritating in parts. For me, the way I felt towards the characters only shows the skill of David Fenne's depth of character development writing.

Overemotional by David Fenne (9781785304729/Paperback

When Fleur discovers she can talk to animals her powers not only help her to deal with the mean girl at school but create a new and unexpected bond with her West Indian nan. A fascinating blend of cultures, magic, animal worlds and friendships, ‘A Head Full of Magic’ will appeal to imaginative children in upper KS2 looking for a fast-paced and fun read. Read our full review.As well as action, the book is full of distinctly unique characters. We follow multiple points of view throughout, not just by chapter but within each chapter itself. Steven also struggles personally with his own sexuality, which was handled very well. Fleeing to the miserable town of Grunsby-on-Sea, Steven is determined to not hurt anyone else - but he doesn’t count on his best friend Freya, her boyfriend Marcus and American friend Troy following him. And when agents from the mysterious DEMA organisation show up talking about “neutralisation,” Steven realises that Grunsby-on-Sea might not be the safe haven he’d hoped for . . . Writing comedy is notoriously difficult, but the voices were full of humour, was it difficult to balance jokes with tension? With a best friend as determined as Freya, it is impossible to stay hidden for long though, especially when she realises Steven might be in danger after a mysterious organisation called DEMA start asking questions about him. Where Freya goes, her boyfriend Marcus and American friend Troy soon follow. Together, they are determined to find out more about this organisation and what "neutralising" someone like Steven might mean.

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