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YALC Survival Guide

I am somewhat of a self-titled YALC veteran. I have attended the event since it began, meaning I have picked up some valuable tips over the years on how to get the most out of the weekend. If you are unaware what YALC is, it is the Young Adult Literature Convention happening in London in the last weekend of July. For 3 days, Young Adult readers get together with over 100 authors to celebrate reading, with panels and signings throughout. It is needless to say that a lot of fangirling goes down. 

If you wish to know what the event is like, here is a link to my vlogs from last year...or a write up of my whole weekend. 

Before the event...
1. Plan aheadI am definitely a planning person and I cannot function at YALC without having a concise plan of what I need to do each day. Every signing, panel and actor photo shoot and free time is scheduled in, one year I even made a spreadsheet. That is how hardcore I am.

If you are travelling to the event, make sure to look up weekend train schedules as …

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

One of Us Is Lying follows a multiple point of view murder mystery centered around five students that attend detention. Only four get out alive. The victim, known for exposing everyone's darkest secrets through a gossip app, has plenty of enemies, but who has the biggest motive? Based loosely on The Breakfast Club, the four contrasting personalities begin to figure out what really went down in the classroom that day in order to clear their names.


Genre: Young Adult Mystery Ideal for Fans of: Pretty Little Liars, Riverdale, Gossip Girl Themes: Betrayal, Family, Social Stereotypes  POV: Multiple

Upon hearing this synopsis, I freaked the hell out. A Geek, a Jock, a Criminal and a Princess, all caught up in a murder investigation? Let me tell you, this hits the jackpot. My immediate reaction after finishing it was slightly unstable and I say that with pride.   I JUST FINISHED ONE OF US IS LYING AND ITS MIDNIGHT AND I HAVE AN EARLY LECTURE BUT THAT IS IRRELEVANT BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS LIFE OM…

Steve Backshall's Wild World Tour

It's not everyday that a young adult, such as myself, gets excited about going to the theatre to watch a show by a children's nature presenter, yet the second Steve Backshall's name is brought up, I make whatever arrangements to be there. This is strongly evidenced by me travelling to Tunbridge Wells 3 years ago for a book signing for his latest book release, the journey for which was over 2 hours. It's safe to say I'm dedicated.

Two weeks ago I attended his Wild World tour and I can say hands down it was the best show that I've been to, purely because my expectations, which were very high to begin with, were exceeded immensely. Steve's stage presence and interaction with the audience was fantastic and it was a highly interactive show which allowed questions throughout but it was balanced with clips and photos from his travels. 


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