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For 2017, Zoe Sugg has invited four of her author friends to join the Zoella Book Club and recommend some amazing new books to keep us busy over the summer. Juno Dawson is the award-winning author behind several highly acclaimed dark teen thrillers, and has written two non-fiction books about relationships, puberty, sex and being LGBT. For the Zoella & Friends 2017 Book Club, she’s picked History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera; a story of love, grief and secrets.

Griffin’s life falls apart when his ex-boyfriend and best friend Theo dies in a sudden accident. Desperate to cling onto everything that Theo was, Griffin forms a tentative friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend Jackson. Torn between his resentment of Jackson, and their shared grief, Griffin struggles to come to terms with the complex relationships left behind, and his first love’s death.


Order History Is All You Left Me here to find out more about about this candid and moving story, or head on over to our blog to find out more about the book, including why Juno chose it as one of her recommendations for the Zoella & Friends 2017 Book Club.

For the Zoella & Friends 2017 Book Club Zoe has chosen an empowering and unapologetically feminist story in Moxie by Jennier Mathieu. In this book we meet shy and timid Vivian Carter who is fed up with the sexist norms at her high school, whether it’s comments from the boys in class, preferential treatment for the football team or the sexist dress codes. After taking a little inspiration from her mum’s old punk rock zines from the 90’s, Vivian anonymously shares her own feminist zine around the school, and incidentally starts a girl revolution across all cliques and friendship groups.


Order Moxie here to join in the conversation, or head on over to our blog to find out more about the book, including why Zoe chose it as her lead book in the Zoella & Friends 2017 Book Club.

The second of Zoe’s friends to make a recommendation is Jennifer Niven, who appeared in the very first Zoella Book Club with her raw and emotional novel All the Bright Places. Jennifer has picked a book that will have us all ugly crying by the end of it (thanks Jennifer!) in Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt.

Orbiting Jupiter is narrated by 12 year old Jack, whose family has just taken in 14 year old Joseph as a foster child. Joseph is damaged from his abusive upbringing and time spent in prison, but now all he wants is to be reunited with his daughter, who he’s never met. As Jack and Joseph set out into the cold winter in search for Joseph’s daughter, author Gary D. Schmidt unravels a powerful and original story of friendship and loyalty that packs an emotional punch.


Order Orbiting Jupiter here to find out more about this heartbreaking story, or visit our blog to find out more about the book, including why Jennifer picked it as her choice for the Zoella and Friends 2017 Book Club.

The Zoella Book Club has introduced us to so many amazing new authors and books over the last few years, and we know that many of you have rediscovered a love of reading from the recommendations that Zoe’s made. And so we thought it was about time that we had a catch up on the latest releases from the amazing authors Zoe picked.

Jennifer Niven and Sue Wallman (both voted the favourites of their respective book club seasons) have second books out that have received fantastic reviews, and we have more stories from the likes of Sara Barnard, Nicola Yoon, Patrick Ness, Alex Bell and more to add to our reading piles. Check out some of our favourite picks over on the WHSmith Blog.

Juno Dawson is an award-winning author of dark teen thrillers, who has also written several non-fiction books about puberty, sex, relationships and being LGBT. For the Zoella Book Club 2017, she has picked Girlhood by Cat Clarke; a dark and compelling story with friendship at its heart.

After losing her 15 year old twin sister to a tragic illness, Harper moves to a boarding school to get some space. She’s soon part of a tight-knit group of friends who support her, but she can’t escape the guilt of her sister’s death, nor share it completely with her friends. Then new girl Kirsty joins the school. She’s also lost a sister, and Harper can relate to her more than she expected. But will their new friendship put a strain on the group? And is there more to Kirsty than we know?


Order Girlhood here to find out more about this gripping story of friendship and grief, or visit our blog to find out more about the book, including why Juno picked it as her choice for the Zoella and Friends 2017 Book Club.

Regular Zoella Book Club fans will remember Amy Alward from Zoe’s very first book club, which featured The Potion Diaries. The first book that Amy has picked for the 2017 is The One Memory of Flora Banks; a touching story of hope, bravery and adventure.

Flora Banks suffers from short-term memory loss, and remembers nothing of the last 7 years since her memory was damaged. Each day she wakes up not knowing how old she is, who her friends are or what happened yesterday. But then she kisses an off-limits boy and something miraculous happens; Flora remembers. Convinced that this must mean something important, Flora sets off to the other side of the world to meet him again. But will this impossible journey work out the way Flora hoped?


Order The One Memory of Flora Banks here to find out more about this moving and original story, or visit our blog to find out more about the book, including why Amy picked it as her choice for the Zoella and Friends 2017 Book Club.

Paige’s boyfriend died a year ago, and ever since she’s become known as ‘the girl whose boyfriend died’. Everyone’s treating her differently and her mum’s become overprotective about simple things. But now Paige is ready to move forward and she has a plan for returning to normality, which includes dating her old crush Ryan. But while Paige is trying to get closer to Ryan, she opens her heart up to someone new, and all her plans change.


Order The Start of Me and You here to find out more about this raw and engaging heroine, or visit our blog to find out more about the book, including why Amy picked it as her choice for the Zoella and Friends 2017 Book Club. Please note that due to high demand this title is no longer available with the exclusive jacket.

Chris Russell is a member of band The Lightyears, and the author behind the Songs About a Girl trilogy. His first choice for the Zoella Book Club is a dark and gripping story of a girl who escapes a religious cult; After the Fire by Will Hill.

Moonbeam has grown up inside The Fence under Father John’s rules with her Brothers and Sisters. And the most important rule is never to talk to Outsiders. But then a terrible fire tears through the complex and Moonbeam is placed in a secure unit with a handful of other survivors. As nurses, the FBI and psychologists try to get to the bottom of what was happening under Father John’s rule, Moonbeam is holding onto a terrible secret that she can’t share with anyone.


Order After The Fire here to find out more about this sinister and captivating story, or visit our blog to find out more about the book, including why Chris picked it as his choice for the Zoella and Friends 2017 Book Club.

Juliet’s mother travels the world as part of her job and keeps in touch with Juliet through letters. And so when her mother dies, Juliet tries to cope by continuing to write to her and leaving the letters on her grave. Meanwhile, Declan has had a tough upbringing and has found himself doing court-ordered community service at the local cemetery. When Declan finds Juliet’s letter, he can’t help but write back, and soon these two strangers are spilling their hearts out to each other without ever having met. Except that they have met. In fact, they’re classmates at school together, and they hate each other.

Order Letters to the Lost here to find out more about this raw and hopeful story, or visit our blog to find out more about the book, including why Chris picked it as his choice for the Zoella and Friends 2017 Book Club.

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