Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow by Siobhan Curham

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.

6 Reviews

Ayla, Downlands School

19th October 2019 at 10:59 pm

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tommow is one of my favourite books to ever have read. Its such a beautiful story that gets you captivated from the front page. I love it showing so much on refugees: it helps people who don’t know much about it get what it’s like to have to start a new life again in a new language, new country and making new friends.

Tabitha, Dorothy Stringer School

15th October 2019 at 12:48 pm

‘Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow’ is an excellent example of how friendship, however much of a cliche it may be, can help you through even the most difficult of situations. The story starts by introducing Stevie- a girl whose mother is facing deep depression, and Hafiz- a refugee from Syria. Both have their individual issues and already, as a reader, I was entirely emotionally invested in their stories, loathe to put the book down from page one. Throughout the story, usually isolated Stevie befriends Hafiz and they help each other to lead their own lives and overcome all their worries to believe in themselves. It’s an amazingly important message and delivered in an extremely clever way.

Clara, Downlands

29th September 2019 at 11:29 am

It was a fast paced and easy to read novel, with a plot relevant to issues in society today. I enjoyed how it was set in places I recognise. It was immersive and the characters were well developed and identifiable.

Laura, Ardingly

26th September 2019 at 7:31 pm

I really enjoyed this book. It was moving and inspiring at the same time and written in a way that makes you want to read on. When I first picked up the book, I was sceptical because a lot of it was about music which isn’t really my thing. However, I don’t think I could have enjoyed it more and I am very glad I read it. I think that the character of Stevie being so strong through her Mum’s depression perfectly matches the character of Hafiz who has been through a lot and yet is still hopeful. The story holds a powerful message of never giving up, even when things get really tough. It also shows how having a friend who you are open to can change your life and I think that this is very true. Finally, I really like the way the story is set out telling it from first Stevie then Hafiz’s view as you get a deeper understanding of each of the characters.

Agatha, Ardingly

26th September 2019 at 3:49 pm

I really enjoyed the fact that the book was relevant to us, and shows people how horrible some people’s lifestyles are. It raises empathy, which I felt throughout the story. I liked the way that Stevie seems so different to all the other kids but she is actually just like any person and it makes us see that we are all different and it is fine to be, It’s completely normal. I enjoyed seeing the way that the two main characters came together (became good friends) and showed their school that they should help, as we should help.

Tom, Hurstpierpoint College

31st August 2019 at 2:55 pm

I loved this book because it was so relevant to current affairs and is quite thought provoking and yet is still light enough to enjoy reading. The ending is very satisfying. I also like the way that the characters develop throughout the book.

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