Why our staff love Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow:
Our YA pick for August is a gorgeous contemporary YA tale of friendship and hope from Siobhan Curham. Fourteen-year-old music-lover Stevie has found the perfect escape from dealing with her mother’s depressive episodes in her late father’s brilliant vinyl record collection. Music is only ever an escape to her… until she meets Hafiz, a football fanatic and Syrian refugee. Bonding over their shared hardships, Steve and Hafiz begin to imagine a world where following your dreams doesn’t seem quite so impossible.
This is a hopeful story about two young kids who have been thrust into adulthood way before their time, and it’s a beautifully written depiction of the ways in which friendship can encourage people to grow beyond their difficult circumstances. Topical without ever feeling preachy and heartfelt without ever being twee, Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow is a feel-good adventure for the soul that will have you practically singing along.
An uplifting story of friendship, unity and hope that highlights the important and topical issues surrounding young carers and young refugees.
Fourteen-year-old Stevie lives in Lewes with her beloved vinyl collection, her mum ... and her mum's depression. When Stevie's mum's disability benefits are cut, Stevie and her mother are plunged into a life of poverty. But irrepressible Stevie is determined not to be beaten and she takes inspiration from the lyrics of her father's 1980s record collection and dreams of a life as a musician.
Then she meets Hafiz, a talented footballer and a Syrian refugee. Hafiz's parents gave their life savings to buy Hafiz a safe passage to Europe; his journey has been anything but easy. Then he meets Stevie... As Stevie and Hafiz's friendship grows, they encourage each other to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.