Author: Elle McNicoll
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published by: Knights Of
Publication date: 04/03/21
My rating: ★★★★★
I received a free review copy from EDPR and Knights Of in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The second book from the author of A Kind Of Spark, with Neurodivergent characters you’ll root for and a moving friendship at its heart. When Cora’s brother drags her along to his boss’s house, she doesn’t expect to strike up a friendship with Adrien, son of the intimidating CEO of Pomegranate Technologies. As she becomes part of Adrien’s life, she is also drawn into the mysterious projects at Pomegranate. At first, she’s intrigued by them – Pomegranate is using AI to recreate real people in hologram form. As she digs deeper, however, she uncovers darker secrets… Cora knows she must unravel their plans, but can she fight to make her voice heard, whilst never losing sight of herself?
Where to start? This is a tough one to review because it has special place in my heart. I laughed, I cried, I hugged the book. Show Us Who You Are filled me with such joy, to not only see myself in the pages of a book, but to know that autistic children and teens will find it. I never had books with own voices autism rep growing up and I was never given good ones by my teachers. This is definitely a book that should be in every school library and read by anyone and everyone.
Reasons why I love this book:
- Cute doggy (I can always be swayed with a cute doggy)
- The friendship
- A.I. (I’ve always been interested in artificial intelligence since I saw the Steven Spielberg movie)
- The writing
- Can I just say everything??
I don’t think there are any words that can even come close to giving this book the justice it deserves. Show is everything I wanted and so much more. The friendship between Cora and Adrien is so genuine and heartwarming, they just get and accept each other and its all just so wonderful! Its always hard to review books that I love and mean so much to me, I cannot recommend Show Us Who You Are enough, please just read it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elle McNicoll is a children’s author from Scotland, now living in
East London. One of the most exciting new voices in children’s
publishing, Elle is a Neurodivergent writer and is passionate about
disability rights and #OwnVoices representation. Her debut novel A Kind of Spark
was published to critical acclaim in June 2020 and is currently shortlisted for the 2021 Blue Peter Book Awards – the winner will be announced on World Book Day, 4th March 2021. It has also been longlisted for the 2021 Branford Boase Award, and was shortlisted for the 2020 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards.
Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll is out now, published by Knights Of. If you’d like to join her for the official launch event with Jen Campbell on 10th March, tickets are available at www.blackwells.co.uk/bookshops/events/.