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By Any Other Name by Laura Jarratt

By Any Other Name

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One of our Books of the Year 2013 A stunning, heart-stopping novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Skin Deep. Holly is a new girl at a new school in a new home with a new life and identity. The only thing that's not new is her family who wouldn't be in this mess if it wasn't for Holly. Lonely and angry Holly reaches out to friends new and old, but one wrong move will put all their lives in danger...

Laura Jarratt's first novel, Skin Deep, has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.


In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for By Any Other Name a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'this has to be one of the best YA books I have read so far this year, if not the best!'.... Scroll down to read more reviews...


By Any Other Name by Laura Jarratt

Nobody can know the truth - her life depends on it. I picked up the book and thumbed through the pages. Names in alphabetical order, names with meanings, names I knew, names I'd never heard of. How to pick? Nothing that would stand out, nothing that would link me to the past - those were the instructions. The past. As if everything that had gone before this moment was buried already. Holly is fifteen years old, but she's only been Holly for a matter of months. Because of something that happened, she and her family have had to enter witness protection and have all assumed new identities. All, that is, except her sister Katie, who is autistic. Starting at a new school mid-term is hard enough at the best of times, and Holly has no clue who she is any more. Lonely and angry, she reaches out to friends - new and old. But one wrong move will put all their lives in danger...


Aine Lagan age 15 It is beautifully written and the pace is perfect. This has easily become one of my favourite young adult books of recent time... Click here to read the full review

Jenny Duffy, age 19 This is a book that is both exciting and moving, thought provoking and thrilling Click here to read the full review

Amy Knight Overall, this has to be one of the best YA books I have read so far this year, if not the best! Click here to read the full review

Olivia Baugh I would recommend this book to teenage girls as it covers many of the issues girls in our society are faced with today and this enables whoever reading the book to make an instant connection with the characters and really care and be interested about their lives. Click here to read the full review

Hannah Gallard, year 9
I enjoyed the plot because there was a large range of styles and it kept you questioning what was going to happen Click here to read the full review

Safiyah Afghan
By Any Other Name is an insightful book, full of adventure, romance and love. Click here to read the full review

Hollie Compton The twists within the story make the reader want to keep reading. Click here to read the full review

Sarah Murray Wow! This book was brilliant! I was sucked into the story and so absorbed in the book the rest of the world almost seemed to disappear. Click here to read the full review


'Intensely romantic, really thrilling... Of the 60 or so books I've read so far this year, this is one of the very, very best.' (The Bookbag)

'I loved it and I can't stop raving about it.' (Guardian)

About the Author

Laura Jarratt

Laura Jarratt was born in Salford and has lived all over the UK. Although her favourite subject was English, she accidentally studied Science at university. She finally settled in rural Cheshire, where she is owned by a ginger cat with no tail. By day, she works in education because it's never boring and by night, she writes for young adults because they're the most interesting people in the world.

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1st April 2013


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