Thursday, 4 April 2013

By Any Other Name by Laura Jarratt

Title: By Any Other Name
Author: Laura Jarratt
Published by: Electric Monkey
Publication date: 1st April 2013
Pages: 368
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

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.

New girl, new school, new home, new life - everything about Holly is new. That's the point of witness protection; nobody knows the truth. But one wrong move will put her whole family in danger...

Nobody can know the truth - her life depends on it. 

When I received this book, the title and cover instantly intrigued me.  I had a feeling it would be amazing as I've read Skin Deep by the same author which is brilliant.

The main protagonist is Holly, who has been forced into Witness Protection along with her parents and little sister Katie. This is because Holly was unlucky enough to witness something traumatic - we find out what that was gradually throughout the story which keeps you hooked. Being put into Witness Protection involves moving house, moving to a different school, and having to forget the past, which Holly has trouble with.

Holly's younger sister Katie is autistic, and it was interesting to get an insight into life living with an autistic child. I really loved her role in the story, and even though we didn't get to know much about her, she was definitely one of my favourite characters.

I loved the relationship between Holly and 'Emo Boy' a.k.a Joe. It showed that it doesn't matter what your first impression of someone is, if you get to know them better, your perception of them might become totally different.

'By Any Other Name' is really unpredictable, and that's something I love in a book because it keeps you hooked. Whilst reading this, I really didn't want to put it down, which meant I stayed up until about 3am to finish it! It was worth it though - this has definitely made it onto my list of favourite books. It's exciting and full of action, with a couple of romantic moments to keep it sweet! Definitely a must-read.

My review really doesn't do this book justice. It is so amazing, and I couldn't find any faults with it. I highly recommend it to...everyone! It's nothing like any book I've ever read. I enjoyed this so much! READ IT!


  1. I literally saw this one at Waterstones yesterday and swithered over buying it. Damn, I wish I'd got it now :(
    Great review, Amber!

    1. Thanks Rebekah! You should go back and get it, it's so good! :)