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The little twist at the end was shocking but it happened and was over way too quickly and I felt things were left unresolved. I reviewed it back in 2020 having read it with my best friend; we found it a good primer on Black lives and history in Britain and learned some interesting bits of history – my review here https://librofulltime. Written in Candice’s trademark straight-talking, warm and funny style, it will delight her fans, old and new.

Unfortunately, the pacing felt a little off, and the last few chapters happened way too quickly - it seemed a bit rushed and as a result, the closure/ ambiguity was less effective than it could have been, in my opinion. One thing you could do is look up the statistics for maternal mortality in your NHS region and see how they break those down. and the ending where she says “and so I began the story” after J finds the money of Mikes… i thought we were going to find out what Mike had that money for.

It’s something else that is inevitable and Candice details how sometimes you may never let go of your grief. I would recommend this book for someone who want to read something different from the normal setting of YA romance book but let me warn you, this book will leave you dumbfounded. What is meant to be a fresh start for Cynthia leads to a 'fish out of water scenario in which she starts at a posh new school as one of the only black students.

I’m a full on CB fan girl but that aside; the plot, the characters and the south London feel dragged me in, hooked after one chapter. Cuts Both Ways is a riveting mixture of contemporary, romance and mystery that completely captures your mind.

Candice is a Contributing Editor to Grazia and regularly appears on national radio and television news channels to talk about maternal mortality rates for black women in Britain. I read this with my book group and it gave us a lot to talk about although our as all of us are white we would have liked another perspective on the book from a Black woman reader. Notice to Internet Explorer users Server security: Please note Internet Explorer users with versions 9 and 10 now need to enable TLS 1.

In a nutshell, Cuts Both Ways follows teenage Cynthia as she moves home and schools, from London to Buckinghamshire. There were only a few girls who had copies in the secondary school I was attending, so there was a waiting list to read it.

Previously a bestselling adult author, this is Candice’s first foray into YA and we could not be more excited to add her fiction debut to our “to be read” pile! This particular extract explores her discovery and implementation of the law of attraction, a philosophy suggesting that positive thoughts bring positive results into a person's life, while negative thoughts bring negative outcomes.

Her debut book I Am Not Your Baby Mother - about being a black British mum - published in May 2020 by Quercus, and made the Sunday Times Bestseller list.

As she reckons with race, class, love, knife crime, prejudice and racism she handles every page in her stunning way.

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