Book Review: Making Friends With Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu

Published in 2019 by Wakefield Press

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Romance

Page Count: 262

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

My hand, which is following a stray pencil rolling across the floor, stops dead right in front of two ratty green sneakers.
My gaze follows the shoes up over long legs to a towering figure.
I stand abruptly.
Tall, black eyes, messy hair, a permanent scowl on a permanently angry face. Our school’s delinquent, a waster, the kind of boy who always sits at the back of class. The kind of boy even popular people like Sophia are afraid of.
Teddy Taualai.

Alice Dyson knows exactly how she’ll be spending her final year of high school. With her head down, quietly concentrating on her textbooks and homework. She’s focused on the future, and nothing and no one is going to get in her way. Until a bizarre encounter with the school’s most notorious troublemaker derails all her plans, turning Alice into the unwilling centre of attention and her life into one enormous complication.

And even worse? Now Teddy Taualai won’t leave her alone.

A story about rumours, friendship, and discovering who you really are.

My Review:

I had the pleasure of meeting Poppy at her book launch for her debut, Making Friends With Alice Dyson, and it honestly made me all the more curious to read it, excited having heard Poppy speak with such love and adoration about her characters!

I could not fault this, it was such a gorgeous mix of heartache and heartwarming! I loved everything about it, especially both where Alice and Teddy are concerned! I loved all their scenes together and going through Alice’s thoughts as she allowed her mind and soul to think about Teddy, the apparent bad boy where rumours were spread aplenty about his violent behaviour.

This book also reminds me not to put stock in rumours! Like, I was initially sceptical of Teddy and I really shouldn’t have been, he was such a tender sweetheart really! I love how devoted he appeared towards Alice, I found their friendship really endearing!

Speaking of friendship, I loved the angst between Alice and her best friend May, a friendship that has spanned so long should not be fractured, but Poppy just captures how people grow apart and then come back together stronger than ever!

A local setting too! Set in Adelaide, I always love reading books set in my home city, and there was a scene where Alice’s class excursions to the Art Gallery of SA, a place I love!

Everyone needs to check out this stunning LOVEOZYA debut!

Happy Reading,



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