The Colour of Shadows – Phyllida Shrimpton

The Colour of Shadows
Love, Lies and Secrets
Phyllida Shrimpton

Sometimes you have to let go of everything to find out what you have.

Saffron is looking for family photos in the attic when she finds a secret that’s been kept from her for ten years, a secret that blows apart everything she thought she knew about her family.

Furious with her father, she leaves home. But when Saffron’s friends fail her it turns out she has nowhere to go. As bit by bit her life falls away, Saffron must uncover what’s important to her – but can she find a way to forgive her parents?

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The Colour of Shadows is Phyllida Shrimpton’s second young-adult book but the first that I have read and I really enjoyed it.

There was a leading theme of homelessness in this book, and I think this is what drew me in the most. It is an increasing problem in the UK with its awareness becoming more prominent. This book has opened my eyes not only to the extent of the problem but also what it must be like for those who are faced with this battle.

Saffron was the leading character who, after discovering a family secret, leaves home. Without her friends help she finds herself living on the streets.

The book is written from both Saffron’s, and her friend Tom’s viewpoint. My favourite character however, and possibly the most realistic, was Maggie, a woman who had spent most of her life living on the streets.

Although I enjoyed this book, and its twists and turns, I don’t think that it was overly realistic. I’m not sure that in reality the characters, especially Saffron and her family, would have acted in the ways that they did. However, like I have said it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K – Sarah Knight

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K
How to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do with people you don’t like
Sarah Knight

The surprising art of caring less and getting more

Are you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? Then it’s time to stop giving a f**k.

This irreverent and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt – and give your f**ks instead to people and things that make you happy.

From family dramas to having a bikini body, the simple NotSorry Method for mental decluttering will help you unleash the power of not giving a f**k and spend your time, energy and money on the things that really matter.

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The main sense of this book is to prioritise the things and people that mean the most to you, and spending all your time and energy on those, rather than worrying or giving a f**k about the small things and those things that aren’t really that important to you.

I have to say that this book has had quite a profound effect on me and I wasn’t that far into the book before I could feel my thinking change, and now having completed the book I would say it has almost been ‘life-changing’.

Sarah Knight covers all aspects of life in this book, big and small. The tone of the book was like Sarah was a friend who was giving me a good kick up the backside and sharing their enlightenment.

The one thing I would say is that if you find expletives offensive, then this probably isn’t for you.

This will be a book that I pick up again and again, as well as recommending it to anyone that will listen.