This book stole my heart as soon as I saw that the author referenced 'When The Stars Go Blue' by Ryan Adams (aka my favourite song of all time). No Filter is Orlagh Collins' debut YA novel and what a start she has made.
No Filter follows the story of Emerald, who is forced to spend her summer in Dublin with her grandma after her family is left in shambles in England. Emerald's mum is in rehab battling addiction after an almost fatal overdose, and her dad is caught up with his own issues. Just when Emerald thinks she's about to have the worst summer of her life, she then meets Liam, a local lad who is determined to help his family instead of following his own dreams. Deep down, Liam wants to chase a career in music, but his dad has roped him into a potential future in building and construction.
Collins has represented the millennial social media age well within the book. I mean, I know I personally related to Emerald's struggles with the constructed reality of social media. It's a real issue for young people and I'm glad this book shows that it's okay to not be active on social media and to live instead.
I also enjoyed seeing Emerald and Liam's relationship come together. Their connection felt very real and it was easy to visualise everything I was reading.
Emerald's character is extremely relatable and I loved how Collins combines her sweet personality with her flaws. It's a real and genuine balance and allows the reader to connect with her. Emerald is also strong and determined, and her personality was a highlight of the book. I also thoroughly enjoyed Liam and thought he was a sweetheart.
No Filter takes you through a stream of emotions and once you start, you won't want to put it down.
Release date: July 13th 2017 by Bloomsbury
I received a copy of this book from Bloomsbury via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review