New Books We Love

Some new books we love…


Hippie by Paulo Coelho

“Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, bestselling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a skinny Brazilian with a goatee and long hair, setting off on a journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life.

He travels on the famous `Death Train to Bolivia', then on to Peru, later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina. In the famous Dam Square in Amsterdam he finds young people playing music, while discussing sexual liberation, the expansion of consciousness and the search for an inner truth.

There he meets Karla, a Dutch woman in her twenties who has been waiting to find the ideal companion to accompany her on the fabled hippie trail to Nepal. Together with their fellow travellers, they embark on a trip aboard the Magic Bus, heading across Europe and Central Asia to Kathmandu.

For everyone, the journey is transformative. For Paulo and Karla it is a life-defining love story that leads to choices that will set the course of the rest of their lives.”

We had such high hopes for this book (and not just because of it’s beautiful cover) because we are such massive fans of Paulo here at thirteen:fourteen and we can thankfully say that we weren’t disappointed. This book will take you on a journey metaphorically and physically, we were transported back in time with Paulo and Karla and got swept along with their trip of self discovery and love. Paulo writes with some of the most tenderness that we have seen from him and his words leap off the page with the most stunning visuals of Europe and Asia. If you’re a fan of Paulo’s previous work, road trip books or novels of self discovery then we think you will love this, take some time out of your day to savour hippie. Buy the book here.

50 Ways To Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life by Irene Smit

Drawing can be your calmness in a stressful day and your joy in everyday life. This book is so beautiful and just so much fun too. Not only is it visually wonderful but it’s packed with helpful and easy advice to implement and to grow your drawing skills. It also has a super handy pullout section that you can follow the step by step advice on so you don’t even need any extra supplies near by, just grab a pen or pencil and your good to go.  This would be great for someone wanting to advance their skills or just to have a little fun. Also perfect to pick up if your taking part in #inktober over on instagram too as there are lot’s of prompts inside. You can buy the book here.

The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan

“After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she’ll have to decide who she really is—and own it. The longer she plays the role of “bad girl,” the more she becomes her new reputation. Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall.”

This is just a superb book. We thought we were reading a usual girl-meets-boy story from the front cover but as soon as we had finished the first chapter we knew this was something different. The book is a stunning portrayal of what it means to be a teenage girl in today’s society, it was eye opening and also sad that this is where we are but it’s inspiring that teenagers have characters like Kendall to be inspired by and learn from.  This is a really special book and one we want to push into the hand of every female we meet (especially the teenagers) it confronts our own prejudices and preconceived ideas of what it means to be a girl. Buy the book here.

Frat Girl by Kiley Roache

“College life can be complicated, challenging, rewarding, downright frustrating and a lot of fun. Warren University freshman Cassandra ‘Cassie’ Davis is more than up for all of it. Which leaves Cassie facing the dreaded F-word...

Fraternity, specifically Delta Tau Chi, a frat house on the verge of being banned from the school. Accused of offensive, sexist behavior, they have one year to clean up their act.

With one shot at a scholarship to the school of her dreams, Cassie pitches an unusual research project to pledge Delta Tau Chi, take on the boys' club and provide proof of their misogynistic behavior. It's different, but it's not against the rules, and she's pretty sure she knows exactly what to expect once she gets there. Which means the DTC brothers will have to face the dreaded F-word...

Feminist, the type of girl who thinks they're nothing but tank-top-wearing "bros" and is determined to see them booted from the school.

But Cassie soon realizes things aren't as simple as they appeared. Some of the DTC brothers, including her fellow pledge, Jordan Louis, are much more than she ever expected to find in a frat house. With her academic future on the line, and her heart all tangled in a web of her own making, Cassie will ultimately have to define for herself what the F-word is all about.”

A book about what modern day feminism looks like on a collage campus. This is a fun but deep book about the very real problems that fraternity’s and sororities still face in today’s world. Can Cassie try to change what it means to be in a fraternity whilst going through the trials and tribulations of being a collage freshman? This is a great, fast paced and  insightful read. Buy the book here.

(Don’t) call me crazy by Kelly Jensen

“ Essays, lists, poems and art explore the ways 33 best-selling authors and celebrity contributors have coped with and thrived in the face of mental illness, in an anthology that includes entries by Kristen Bell, Nancy Kerrigan and Libba Bray.”

This gorgeously designed book packs a punch. Filled with pages and pages of stories and essays all about how people have dealt with their own mental health. The tone and language of the book is great, it’s not intimidating at all and you can really get a hold of what the message of the book is. And that message is to not let your mental illness hold you back, to embrace it as part of who you are and to succeed because of it, not in spite of it. A Great book for teens and adults alike. Buy the book here.