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My Life as a Bench: WINNER OF THE RUBERY BOOK AWARD - BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 by [Hazell, Jaq]
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My Life as a Bench: WINNER OF THE RUBERY BOOK AWARD - BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Length: 235 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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'Moving and unforgettable' Rubery Book Award

'Unique . . . deep and intriguing' Times of India

'An author to watch' Telegraph

'Fascinating' Nudge

'The author conveys how quickly and intensely relationships can develop, and supporting characters are uniquely fleshed out ... the heroine's voice is delightful, honest and humorous. British slang adds to the rich setting. Issues of class, financial inequity and racial discrimination are incorporated realistically. Though portraying a character as an inanimate object seems an unlikely premise, Hazell successfully pulls it off, and the artful writing will entice even those typically drawn to more realistic titles. Recommended where Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Lauren Oliver's Before I fall are popular' Lee De Groft, Jamestown High School, Williamsburg VA (School Library Journal)

'It is an innovative idea, especially when Ren realises certain people can hear her voice through the bench ... This book may easily fit into the Young Adult fiction genre – the language/slang and Ren's interest in exploring love, drinking, parties and music even through her own singing voice and new cultures would appeal to younger readers. But the fascinating relationship with Lionel and the understanding of violent death and subsequent grief carry across all generations. This would be a good discussion aid to issues raised in schools and colleges, but equally book clubs would find it fascinating' Philipa Coughlan, Nudge

'A moving story of a young life ending all too soon ... It is engaging, funny and also quite heartbreaking. Highly recommended!' The Militant Recommender

'This book is a stunner ... definitely one that will always remain in my top ten!' Being Unique Books

'A little gem with love, loss and life within its pages' Netgalley Review

'The writing is perfect, the story is fast-paced, and everything flows smoothly to tie up with a beautiful finish' This is Lit

'If you're looking for a unique, but bittersweet read - this book is for you!' Alissa in Wonderland Reviews

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WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL RUBERY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
WINNER OF THE CAROUSEL AWARE PRIZE BEST YA BOOK 2017


Ren Miller has died aged seventeen and yet her consciousness lives on, inhabiting her memorial bench by the River Thames in London. Ren longs to be reunited with her boyfriend Gabe, but soon discovers why he has failed to visit. Devastated, she must learn to break through and talk to the living so she can reveal the truth about her untimely end.

A unique, bittersweet story of love, friendship, a passion for music and what, if anything, remains after we've gone.

There are so many benches lining the riverside, each and every one tragic in its own way.

'Moving and unforgettable' Rubery Book Award
'Unique . . . deep and intriguing' Times of India
'An author to watch' Telegraph
'The heroine's voice is delightful, honest and humorous' School Library Journal
'Nag your book club to read this. Or just get on and read it yourself. It's my best read of 2018' BigAl's Books and Pals

'A moving story of a young life ending all too soon ... It is engaging, funny and also quite heartbreaking. Highly recommended!' The Militant Recommender

'This book may easily fit into the Young Adult fiction genre ... but the fascinating relationship with Lionel and the understanding of violent death and subsequent grief carry across the generations. This would be a good discussion aid to issues raised in schools and colleges, but equally book clubs would find it fascinating' Nudge

'This book is a stunner ... definitely one that will always remain in my top ten' Being Unique Books

'One of the most unique books I have read in a long long time' Open Book Post

'A little gem with love, loss and life within its pages' Netgalley Review

'Highly imaginative and captivating. I was entranced by My Life as a Bench ... Hazell has strung together a melody that is both sweet and sorrowful' Lauren Walsburg

'The writing is perfect, the story is fast-paced, and everything flows smoothly to tie up with a beautiful finish... I would recommend this book to anyone who likes their YA contemporary with a touch of suspense' This is Lit

'This was a beautifully written book ... one of those stories that took you in and the rest of the world was only background noise' Netgalley

'So much fun to read... What I really loved about this book is that although it is supernatural in a sense, it doesn't feel like it. This book feels firmly like a YA coming of age story, even though the protagonist is dead, and she isn't going anywhere... Hazell captures the voice of an English teenager today so well that Ren jumps right off the page' Ink Drops Books

'This book was so heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time. This will definitely be recommended for our library bookshelves and hopefully the students will enjoy it just as much as I did!' Librarian, Netgalley

'It kept me engrossed. A totally unique concept and a murder mystery to be solved' Eclectic Ellen

'A unique take on life after death' Read Rest Relax

'It's a combination of a love story and a mystery as a plot ... a wonderful read!' Laurie Piccolo, Netgalley

'I really, really enjoyed this book ... If you're looking for a unique, but bittersweet read – this book is for you!' Alissa in Wonderland Reviews


'Recommended where Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall are popular' School Library Journal

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1727 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nowness Books (2 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MYEI2XL
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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