Depression: a friend that never leaves

TRIGGER WARNING: DEPRESSION, ABUSE & MENTION OF SUICIDAL THOUGHTS the bitter truth about depression is that it never truly goes away. sure, there are some days that are better than others, where you’re so unbelievably happy you think nothing can ever ruin it — but it doesn’t last. i guess emotions are fleeting.

Brown Girl Guilt

i spent the entirety of today with J, free from the cultural toxicity and the unbelievably infuriating four words that i’m forced to hear every day; what will people say? but this freedom only lasted until i came home at 8pm.

The Hate U Give

TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, RIOTS, MURDER, DEATH, VIOLENCE i read this book ages ago, and watched the movie as soon as it came out. there’s never really been a book that made me cry within the first 10 pages. until i came across The Hate U Give. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the…

Children’s Mental Health Week

this week (3rd-9th February) is children’s mental health week. it’s set up by children’s mental health charity, place2be, and highlights the gravity of children and young people’s mental health. the theme this year is ‘find your brave‘.

The Complexities of Faith

TRIGGER WARNING: MENTION OF ABUSE, SUICIDE faith is a complicated thing. for some of us, faith and religion are two things we grew up with, not exactly out of choice, but because of the family we were born into. they taught it to us and so it became all we knew.

The Henna Wars

thank you ever so much to Page Street Publishing & Lizzy Mason for sending me an ARC of THE HENNA WARS to review! this does not affect my rating or review. TRIGGER WARNING: HOMOPHOBIA & RACISM When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t…

A Look Back on My First Term

if anyone had told me last year that i would be studying English Literature at one of the prettiest campuses in London, i wouldn’t have believed them.

The Perfect Wife

i read THE PERFECT WIFE a little while ago and . . . well, it’s safe to say it’s stuck with me. it’s some wild, crazy stuff. TRIGGER WARNING: ABUSE, DEPRESSION, MENTIONS OF SUICIDE, VIOLENCE The perfect life. The perfect love.

We Are Not Okay

thank you to NetGalley & Harper Collins HQ for a free copy of WE ARE NOT OKAY to review. this doesn’t affect my rating or review TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, ABUSE, BULLYING, EATING DISORDERS, ISLAMOPHOBIA, SUICIDE, SLUT SHAMING If only they could have spoken out . . .