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Minus Me by Ingelin Rossland

Minus Me

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July 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month.

Intriguing, stimulating and full of energy, this is a thought-provoking read…it also contains a hidden sting in the tale. 12 year old Linda lives in Norway, she is popular, athletic and fast approaching her 13th birthday. Linda discovers she has a life threatening heart condition and her life instantly changes as she meets an unusual boy and starts to consider the implications of death. The author allows Linda to be completely normal, sometimes she's nice, sometimes she not, however she is still likeable and due to the lurking shadow of death a completely fascinating character. There is a mystery weaving through the pages, it initially nudges your attention and encourages a wider thought process before becoming a major aspect of the story. Challenging observations about death and what could be beyond, this is a sad, yet ultimately hopeful and captivating tale.
Please be aware that this book contains a very small amount of lesser swear words. ~ Liz Robinson

Reader Reviews

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  • Amelia White - 'I loved reading this book, it reminded me of John Green's books which made me love it even more....It had me crying at the end!'
  • Phoebe Allan - 'Minus Me by Ingelin Røssland is what I'd say is a thoroughly good read.'
  • Georgina Bellingham, age 13 - 'This is a great book and is probably one of the best I've ever read...I've started reading it again because I loved it that much'
  • Jodi Coffman, age 13 - 'Minus Me was a great book and I couldn’t put it down...I loved this book and it had a very shocking ending, which made it even more exciting.'
  • Maddy Faulkner, age 13 - 'I think this book has a wonderful, complicated story line. You can instantly fall in love with the main character - Linda and this book stays with you forever.'
  • Charlotte, age 13 - 'I have to say I thought it dragged on a bit...However I thought the plot was really well thought out and I loved the twists and turns in it.'
  • Izzy Read, age 13 - 'Minus Me was a sad yet compelling story of a young girl who is coming to terms with the fact that her heart condition could kill her.'
  • Cara Mcilroy, age 13 - 'An addictive book with lots of twists and turns.'    
  • Aimee Sweet , age 13 - 'It teaches you that you should be able to love life and do what you want, but know that your choice can affect others, especially people who care about you.'
  • Jasmine Tyler, age 14 - 'Once I got into the story it made more sense and I started to enjoy it a little more...If I was to rate it I would give it around 3/5.'
  • Lucie Harrison, age 13 - 'I absolutely loved Minus Me, it is a fantastic book and it made me think about death in a completely different way.'
  • La'Shaunna Williamson, age 13 - 'This gripping roller coaster adventure delves deeply into emotional circumstances, helps you understand other people’s perspective and that you need to seize life with both hands before it’s too late!'
  • Amy Laws, age 14 - 'A thought-provoking novel that I will remember for a long time to come and would definitely recommend.'
  • Celeste Phelan, age 13 - 'A moving and beautiful story full of drama and suspense.'

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Minus Me by Ingelin Rossland

It's not always easy to become the person you want to be. When Linda discovers that she has a life-threatening heart condition, she refuses to be wrapped in cotton wool. Determined to experience everything a thirteen-year-old girl should, she starts to work her way through a list of all the things she and her best friend wish to do: have a first kiss, go to a pop concert, travel without her parents...But when a strange and mysterious boy called Zak appears, Linda's life takes an unexpected turn - suddenly she is experiencing things she never dreamed possible, and every moment is precious. Minus Me is a gripping, addictive novel - written with heart-stopping emotional honesty - from one of Norway's most acclaimed young adult writers.


'The story is moving, and Linda is a realistic 13-year-old, complete with flaws. Her reaction to her diagnosis is believable: She is angry about her illness and often cruel to her family and friends, though she is remorseful afterward. Give this one to fans of Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere'
School Library Journal

About the Author

Ingelin Rossland is an award-winning Norwegian author and journalist. Her books have won numerous awards and have been translated into several languages. Her fourth book, Handgranateple, was listed in the 2008 IBBY Honours List. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden. Deborah Dawkin was born in London in 1961. She worked in the theatre and in marketing before becoming a literary translator. In 2009 she completed an MA in Social and Cultural History.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th June 2015


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Oneworld Publications


288 pages


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