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From Zadie Smith to Roald Dahl, these are the books girls are reading in 2018

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Stylist discovers what books are being devoured by the next generation…

For our Made By Girls issue, we asked eight girls to tell us what books they’re reading right now - and why they love them.

From Roald Dahl’s Matilda to Zadie Smith’s Feel Free, here are their top picks…

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Ruyuan, 14,
 features writer
: “It’s young adult fiction
 about an African-
American girl who is 
integrating in a white 
school in the US. I chose it because 
a friend recommended it to me, and I’m 
so glad she did! Lies We Tell Ourselves highlights important topics such as civil rights, bullying and LGBTQ+ rights. It’s giving me a very eye-opening and inspiring look into life in America for minority groups during the late Fifties.” 

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

Caitlin, 17, 
features writer
: “I’m really enjoying 
Zadie Smith’s collection
of essays exploring
a myriad of cultural and 
political questions, which 
are all incredibly relevant. The book is
 so refreshing as Smith explores the aspects of the world she is discussing 
in such an inquisitive and engaging way. It’s done to an extent that I feel as if I am 
in conversation with Smith. She challenges me to reevaluate how I perceive certain aspects of our culture.” 

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Acacia, 8,
 dance editor: 
“Right now I’m reading
 Diary Of A Wimpy 
Kid. I’m on book number 
three in the series of
 13 books by Jeff Kinney. My best 
friend Emily told me I should read them because she really likes them. It’s a mix
 of words and drawings that are the diaries of the main character, a boy called Greg Heffley. I like these books because Greg does and says really funny things 
that make me laugh.” 

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Siân, 15,
 global editor
: “I decided to start reading 
Girl In Pieces by Kathleen
 Glasgow because the 
front cover looked quite simple, which really drew me towards it. What I found is that the cover actually reflects the personality of the main character, Charlie Davis. She’s
 a girl who has had a very difficult life and so decides to move countries to learn how to become independent and discover who she is. It’s so good!” 

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Grace, 7, interviewed Tess Daly. She loves Matilda and dressed up as her for World Book Day: “I love this book because 
Matilda doesn’t give up 
even when her parents were really mean to her. The teacher makes me laugh because she’s so terrible. Roald Dahl books make me laugh because they’re so silly.” 

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Abigail, 17, 
features writer: 
“I’m currently reading
 Mrs Dalloway by Virginia 
Woolf. It validates the 
thoughts you thought only you had and depicts how important they are in the understanding of others, yourself and the world which surrounds you. It has taught me the value of empathy, which is why I love 
it. I’m also reading an anthology of poems by John Keats and Life Lessons From Remarkable Women by Stylist magazine*.” 

The War Of The Worlds by HG Wells

Grace, 14, editor: “My dad recommended I read The War Of The Worlds by HG Wells because he loves it. I haven’t read much yet but so far it’s really interesting. It’s totally different to anything I’ve read before. It’s about a group of Martians who land near London and it shows how society reacts and how much it turns their world upside down. It’s gripping as it describes how mass panic takes hold.” 

Head Kid by David Baddiel

Nikki, 14, food editor: “I love reading teenage fiction but sometimes I’ll read a 
book meant for someone
 slightly younger than me, such as books by David Walliams. I’m currently reading Head Kid about the naughtiest boy in school who switches lives with the strict head teacher. It’s interesting because they swap roles and he puts
 into place pick ’n’ mix for dessert and crazy things like that. I love a good fun read.” 

*We promise, we did not make her say this

Illustration: © Quentin Blake/The Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd. 2018

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