A Book Review: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham

So, here it is – my first ever official Book Review.

I’m really excited to write this!

This book is told via a dual narrative, in which we meet Stevie and Hafiz. Stevie – a fourteen-year-old budding musician – is living with and caring for her mother who is struggling with severe depression after the death of Stevie’s father. Due to her depression, Stevie’s mum can barely get out of bed and cannot work, so they both rely on welfare to survive. Stevie is looking after herself, as well as her mother, and the only things that are keeping her going are a book of songs (with vinyl records) chosen by her father and her guitar. First day back in school, after the holidays… and Stevie meets new boy – Hafiz.

Hafiz is a talented footballer and a refugee from Syria. When the war breaks out in Syria, Hafiz’s parents use their life savings to buy Hafiz a safe passage to Europe – to eventually live with his aunt and uncle in England. His journey was anything but easy, and once he starts school, he becomes a victim of racism and bullying – stemming from a fear of refugees and terrorism. His ache for his parents (along with his homesickness) grows, but so does his friendship with Stevie…

For many reasons, I loved this book. My first and favourite reason would be – Stevie’s love for music… and not just any music, but 80’s music! The book of songs that her father gave to her has some of my favourites in it, and every time that a song was mentioned in the book, I would play it, just to try to get a sense of how Stevie must have been feeling.

The second, and probably most important, reason why I loved this book was – not only was it such an amazing story of friendship and hope, but it also dealt with so many things that are going on in the world today that aren’t being addressed enough (or properly)… refugees, isolation, racism, the Syrian crisis, bullying, mental health, poverty, and young careers.

This wouldn’t be my usual kind of book! I decided to give it a read, mainly because of Stevie’s love of music. However, this book had me in tears, and then laughing in the next chapter… completely shocked, and then beaming with happiness! It’s so beautifully written, and I truly believe that there is a lot to be learned from this book.

I give Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham a 5 out of 5 rating.

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15 Comments

  1. August 17, 2018 / 8:16 am

    This is such a well written review! You’ve given a really good feel of what the books impact is and I love it😄x

    • Stephloves
      Author
      August 17, 2018 / 8:20 am

      Aww thank you so much lovely. Its my first one so I’m glad it seems to be going down well. I really loved the book and what it was about. Really is a fantastic read ☺️ x

    • Stephloves
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      Aww thank you so much. I really appreciate that x

  2. August 19, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    Enjoyed reading your review! Need to add this book to my list 🙂 x

    • Stephloves
      Author
      August 19, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      Thank you, so glad you enjoyed reading my review. It’s a really fab book, I couldn’t put it down ☺️ x

  3. August 20, 2018 / 9:32 am

    Thanks for sharing a review of what sounds like an interesting book. 📚

  4. August 20, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    Recently I’ve rediscovered how amazing it is to read books in one sitting (finally I have some time) and this book should definitely be on my list.
    Greta review!

    • Stephloves
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      I love doing this. I don’t often get the chance to but I did it a couple of weeks ago with Lindsey Kelk’s new book One In a Million. It helped that it was fantastic.

  5. August 21, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Great review. Sounds like a book worth reading!

  6. August 22, 2018 / 9:22 am

    Good review. Going to add this book to my reading list👍

    • Stephloves
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did x

  7. August 22, 2018 / 4:57 pm

    Awesome review Steph! This is such an in-depth review, I would definitely add this one on my TBR!

    • Stephloves
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Aww thank you so much. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I hope you like the book as much as I did 🙂 x

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