Hey, I'm Philippa Cameron, the author of three Young Adult books. I love reading Young Adult novels. And books from other genres too. Any of them. All of them. Good thing, then, that I'm also a librarian...
News! What do John Green and I have in common? We both write contemporary teen books that adults also love to read, and we're both launching our new books on the same date - October 10! (Okay, so I'm not famous and I don't run a hugely successful vlog and my books haven't been made into movies - yet. Still, it's like we're the same person!)
Amazon Review by Nicola Jones:
Every Move I Have Made is a suspense-filled, roller coaster of a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until The. Very. Last. Sentence. Cameron’s prose flows smoothly, the dialogue is witty and humorous (particularly when it comes to Hayley and her friends), and the characters are well-developed. Fans of suspense and mystery will be thoroughly entertained, as will the YA audience with Cameron's authentic teen characters and a storyline that will engage teen readers.
Amazon Review by Audiobookhoe
. Well-written young adult novel with real life relatable themes. There was a great relationship between Hayley and her friends that was awesome to see in a YA novel. No cattiness or girls hating girls, just true friendship. The subplot with her missing boyfriend makes for a great mystery you spend the entire book trying to figure out. All in all I really enjoyed this one. Recommended to YA Contemporary, romance and mystery fans with some crossover adult appeal!
. Everything is going according to Hayley's plan to escape from her home, where the darkness lies, until Jesse, the most popular boy in school, draws her into his picture-perfect life. But the darkness follows her into this world, and before long she realises she could be trapped - and has to decide how far she's willing to go to make sure her dreams are not crushed. There are clues throughout the novel that things aren't quite right, but the tension builds nice and slowly, and a few red herrings are tossed out until all the puzzle pieces come together at the end.
Amazon Review from Ryan Guy:
Through the first-person narrative of Elle, the book's main character, we gain insight into her day-to-day teenage life-her ups and downs as she copes with depression, a very high-maintenance BFF, an old friend from the past, and well-meaning, but perhaps too overprotective, parents. Though there is romance in the book, the true emotional arc of this story has nothing to do with teen love and I found the author's willingness to tread along deeper emotional avenues refreshing.This is an well-told, often humorous, unflinching, and poignant coming of age story where others besides just the main character experience growth from their challenges.The Day We Are Born took me through a whole gamut of emotions and I will definitely be reading any follow-up novels to this superb entry in contemporary fiction.
Amazon Review by Denise Kawaiion
What a great book. I was challenged to read a book with a main character who lives with depression, and Phillip Cameron's The Day We Are Born was recommended to me (thanks, Reddit). As someone who has lived a life surrounded by depressed people, Phillipa's descriptions about the illness are both on-point and easy to relate to. As a caretaker, I was able to identify with Elle's parents and their fears for their daughter. As someone who has suffered from depression, I could feel her need to keep moving, keep going, keep moving forward. This would be a wonderful read for anyone who cares about someone with a mental illness that they don't understand, or for a young person trying to figure themselves out in the midst of a depressive disorder.
Amazon Review by Danielle
This was a thought-provoking read for me and my teenage daughter, and the start of some insightful conversation. Teenage depression is a concern for all parents and this first-person tale with such a likeable character quickly created empathy with the main character's feelings of 'not being like everybody else'. The gentle humour, the conflicts of growing up and the twist in the tale kept us reading right to the end. I would definitely recommend this book, and I will be looking out for other titles in the series.