‘It’s amazing to find such a diverse YA book’ Darcey shares her thoughts on James Dawson’s ‘All Of The Above’.

With recommendations from Patrick Ness, Louise O’Neill and Lisa Williamson, ‘All Of The Above’ is proving to be one of 2015’s hottest reads – and we’re pretty fond of it too, to say the least.

We sent MP!er Darcey a totally free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Name: Darcey Harrison

I was so excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to read and review this book by Maximum Pop! Books on Twitter. Let me start this review by saying how amazing it is to find a diverse YA book, they are so rare and uncommon.


This book didn’t just have LGBT characters, it has a main character who is Indian and it has characters who deal with mental health. This is definitely a breakthrough in YA books and the beginning of a better represented community. Another thing I love in this book was the references to other shows / books for example “Doctor Who had ruined churches. Fallen angels EVERYWHERE!” it was so awesome reading these parts in the book, everytime I read one it made me relate and feel connected to the characters.

Even though this book deals with dark topics such as eating disorders and self harm it wasn’t an all around sad book it was filled with adventure, friendship and laughs. This book was so realistic to what teenagers are like and how life is, it wasn’t all suger coated. It showed how life is filled with tragedy but happiness aswell. It also showed how nothing is forever and things change. I can honestly say I really enjoyed reading ‘All Of The Above’ and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something inspiring and different from other YA books.

Have you read anything by James Dawson before? If you have, how does this compare? If you have not, would you be more likely to after reading ‘All Of The Above’? I have not read any of James Dawson’s books before but I am very interested in reading them now that I have read ‘All Of The Above’.

All Of The Above‘All Of The Above’ tackles lots of issues, including mental health and sexuality, to name just two. Which stood out most to you? The sexuality aspect of the book stood out the most to me as I have never read a book that discussed it so freely and represented it so well before.

Who was your favourite character?  My favourite character was Victoria because she was so realistic to an everyday teenager and she was very relatable.

If you had to pick a song to go with this book, what would it be? I think Mary Lambert’s song ‘She Keeps Me Warm’ goes so well with Polly and Victoria’s love.

Rate out of 10. I would give it 9 out of 10.

Grab a physical copy of ‘All Of The Above’ here, or download it immediately here.

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