Caroline Carpenter, The Bookseller's web editor and one of the panel of judges said: "We’re delighted to share this year’s YA10, showcasing the breadth and brilliance of YA publishing in the UK and Ireland today. Among the submissions, we saw three main trends: books about teenagers struggling with their mental health, books set in or around water, and books increasingly concerned with borders. These timely themes reflect some of the biggest issues facing not just young people, but also society in general at the moment, and they are all represented on the shortlist in some way. I’m excited to see which book the judges select as their victor.”
Lou is wonderfully endearing narrator, at times poignant and at times amusing on what it is to be an outsider. With echoes of both Scott Fitzgerald and Austen, this is an utterly delicious love story to be swept up in.
there is a delectable swoony romance from Laura Woods, A Sky Painted Gold.. While there are glints of Georgette Heyer, F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle throughout, this feelgood book is its own creature entirely.
for pure escapism, Laura Wood’s A Sky Painted Gold is a wildly romantic, delicious indulgence...Wood is unapologetic about her influences, drawing heavily on classics such as The Great Gatsby and I Capture the Castle, but the book is all the more charming for it.