Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #Ya #RomanticSuspense DELETED by @shehir853

Today’s team review is from Alison, she blogs here

#RBRT Review Team

Alison has been reading Deleted by Sylvia Hehir

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As an editor I read a lot of YA fiction, and one thing that annoys me is when the author clearly doesn’t know anyone who is actually YA! This often comes through in writing that is patronising and preachy. Sylvia Hehir‘s writing is neither of those things. She is a writer who obviously likes her audience and has a great deal of respect for them.

This means she writes characters that are authentic, well-rounded, likeable and easy to identify with. Their concerns feel real and she doesn’t belittle their hopes, fears, anxieties and ambitions.

Dee is a lovely main character and, even as a middle-aged adult, I found her story engaging and interesting. The author portrays Dee’s world so well, it’s easy to imagine the village, the club, the wild countryside. And her relationship with Tom is explored sensitively and thoughtfully.

The writing is excellent and the novel has a lovely pace too.

It’s made me really angry to see young people criticised so nastily by some aspects of the press during this pandemic. All the young people I know are thoughtful, compassionate and really care about the world. A lot of older people don’t seem to grasp how dreadful it is for young adults to see their futures become so uncertain. It’s lovely to read YA by an author who has a real grasp of how much there is to like about the younger generation.

All in all, an outstanding YA novel, and highly recommended.

Five stars

Book description

How much worse can Dee’s life get? Having already suffered a traumatic break up with her boyfriend, her best friend is now warning her off the handsome new boy in the village. And that’s without all the problems she’s having with her mobile phone.
A young adult romance with a hint of mystery.


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2 thoughts on “Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #Ya #RomanticSuspense DELETED by @shehir853

  1. I love your review and what you have said about young people here, Alison. It is very true. My oldest is 17 and it is hard to stay focused and motivated right now.He is managing it. I have told my boys that everything passes. the good and the bad. That is life.

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  2. I agree with your view of young people, Alison, but unfortunately what people see on the media are those engaged in rioting, destruction of property and assault. You know the adage – If it bleeds, it leads.

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