December 2016

The Spinster Club Trilogy book review by Holly Bourne

The first book in this trilogy is called Am I Normal Yet? where we follow the main character Evie on her journey through normal teenage life but she has severe OCD, which as you can imagine, makes ‘normal’ things so much harder. The book deals with mental illnesses in such a good way, it doesn’t glorify it, doesn’t romanticise, just shows it for what it is which is hard, and at times heartbreaking. It is such a real book that educates and raises awareness about something as important as mental health. The book also has a large feminism side to it, which becomes more and more of a topic throughout the three books.

The second book is called How Hard Can Love Be? where we are now following Amber, who we met during Am I Normal Yet? along with Lottie, Evie’s best friends. This book has some very positive aspects, one of them being the strong female friendships which you rarely see amongst the YA genre. Another thing it deals with, which is a large aspect of the book is parental problems, and not the everyday arguments type. Amber leaves things behind at home in the UK, to go visit her mum in america in an attempt to fix their relationship or get some sort of apology. This is where the having a recovering alcoholic as a mother comes in, it does not sugar coat the situation, and it certainly deals with it in a real and raw way, where we are shown whats its like and we feel as though you are on Ambers journey with her. Of course their is the romantic side to the story, which is hinted at in the title, but the book itself is so much more than that. Again, this book has the feminism aspect that all three have, and it is represented in such a good, understandable and educating way.

The third is called Whats a girl Gotta Do? and this is where the feminism really takes off. Lottie, our now main character has always been the one out of all three girls to be the most vocal about her feminist views, and this is definitely shown in this book. Lottie set herself a project to call out any form of sexism she sees and she does this, until the very last line of the book. This book shows you to always follow what you believe in and to never give up no matter how hard it gets, because if you do, you might not reach what you’re aiming for.

Holly Bourne is a great YA author with books that are 100% worth the read. If you are a young person wanting to be introduced to the act of feminsm, this trilogy will be great for you.






Social Media: Good or Bad?

Social media has become a huge part of today’s society, especially amongst the younger people.

While it is good for many things such as expressing yourself and voicing your opinions etc it also has the negatives that every person seems to be wary of.

According to Pew Research Center 81% of online teens use some kind of social media.

Sophie Jeffries, 17 said: “I think social media is a great thing, on a global scale we are more connected and more socially aware of the social issues going on in the world. We can communicate with people as much as we want whether they live down the road or across the country. It shows how the world is evolving form cave man right up to now”

From a poll held on twitter, 73% of people believe that social media is overall a good thing, but that may be a biased view due to it being held on a social media platform.

Aside from all the great things social media brings, there are also the obvious negatives.

There is constant risk of  being exposed to online negativity such as bullying or someone pretending to be somebody that they are not, which can also lead to worse things later on, if it gets to that point.

As a whole, social media is great and you can achieve many things from it, but there are always precautions to take that is advised by many people that you come across whether it be from a young age at primary school or later on when things become more serious.

Make sure to enjoy and embrace modern day social media whilst also keeping safe.


12.1.1, 12.1.2 Specialist Study Proposal


An exploration of how teenagers are represented in the media.


For my final major project, I will be creating a webzine based on Teenage lifestyle. The webzine will contain a lot of different copy, such as blog posts, articles, reviews, multimedia packages and photojournalism. I will be writing about a range of things that fits into the teen lifestyle genre. This ranging from how teens are represented, diversity, body image etc. I will include interviews both on and off camera and use sources within all my articles.

I will carry out a large amount of research to help towards my specialist study, both primary and secondary, cultural and academic. I will be using a few academic books that touch on ageism within teenagers and how they are represented. I will also do some cultural research, by watching youtube videos on teenage representation again, from somebodies personal opinion. Throughout doing my research I aim to ask why it may be that teenagers are represented negatively within the media, and why this might be.

I hypothesise that while teenagers are represented mostly negative in the media, there are some platforms of which they are represented in a positive light.


My specialist study is going to be “An exploration of how teenagers are represented in the media” This fits in well with my final major project as it is a huge part of teen lifestyle. As well as helping with my FMP, it will also help with my career path as I am hoping to specifically get into young adult publishing and having an understanding of the teenage lifestyle will help a lot with knowing what is wanted of the younger audiences. The research that I do will enable me to better my FMP as I will be aware of how teenagers are stereotyped, and what not to do when writing my copy.

Research sources

Bateman, A, Benyahia, S.C, Mortimer, C, Wall, P (2011) A2 Media studies:The essential introduction for WJEC 1st edition: Routledge 

BBC News, Negative stereotypes ‘hurting teenage job prospects’ (2014) accessed on 3/01/17

Broccolo, C, Teenagers portrayed in the Media, (2014) accessed on 13/12/16

Colemen, S, Ross, K (2010)The Media and the public 1st edition: Blackwell Publishing

Donaldson, L (2015) When the media misrepresents black men, the effects are felt in the real world [online] accessed on 3/01/17 

Flanagin, A.J, Metzger, M.J, (2010) Kids and credibility 1st edition: The MIT Press

Flynn, R ,Roche, J,Tucker, S Thompson, R  (2004) Youth In Society 2nd edition: Sage Publications

Hart, A, (1991) Understanding The Media 1st edition: Routledge 

Mcquail, D, (1994) Mass Communication Theory 3rd edition: Sage Publications 

Simmonds, K, I’m 17 | Kate Simonds | TEDxBoise, (2015) accessed on 13/12/16



Top 5 Christmas songs

December has arrived, and that means one thing, Christmas. Christmas is everywhere by now and it probably has been for the past month, but now the radios are playing Christmas songs and even the biggest scrooges are singing along.

Fairytale of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty McColl


Honestly, the greatest of all time.

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The ‘Hero’ Generation

With the fairly recent brexit situation and the recent US Presidential Election, it is becoming more apparent that younger people are more generally aware than recent years.

In June 2016, the UK voted whether they wanted to leave or remain in the European union, which resulted in the UK leaving.

Early November, Donald Trump was elected the new president of the United States.

Both of these matters caused a lot of discussion, in person and over social media amongst the younger generations.

When it came to Britain leaving the EU, a lot of the younger people felt as though their voice hadn’t been heard.

Samantha Harrison, 31 said: “I do feel that the younger people were thinking about the bigger picture when it came to brexit. Everybody’s opinion mattered and was correct, but some people were just voting for all the wrong reasons, like immigration etc. There was also a lot of misunderstanding and twisting of stories throughout the whole thing. It was a confusing time but I feel we’ll be ok and believe in the younger generation”

When it comes to the younger generations, people talk about how they will be the ones soon in charge, and how there is so much hope and potential within them, after seeing how they think and act.

According to the guardian “The results found that 64% of those young people who were registered did vote and more than 75% of young votes chose to remain in the EU”

This not including those under the age of 18 who do not have the right to vote, but voiced their opinions in others ways where it was shown that if allowed, they would of voted remain.

Armistice Day in London (photo Journalism)



Thousands of people pay their respects to the fallen by laying poppy’s with words of gratitude.

Every year thousands of people show up at the Armistice Day parade in London.

“I’ve been coming to London with my family for the armistice weekend for a few years now, and you’re constantly surrounded with so much respect and gratitude”

Remembrance Sunday is held in London every year the Sunday nearest to 11/11.

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