Hilariously funny and deliciously romantic 'clean teen' fiction for teens.
Everybody wants to be a famous It Girl. Don't they? Anna Huntley's aims in life:
(1) Must keep my two lovely new (and only) school friends by not doing anything in usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.
(2) Train Dog (my labrador) to high-five. This is probably the most ambitious life goal on this list.
(3) Do not set the school's Deputy Queen Bee mean girl's hair on fire (again).
(4) Work out whether 2) and 3) constitute being socially inept or outcastish.
(5) Go to Africa and give out rice.
(6) To hide in a cupboard FOR LIFE with Dog now Dad is engaged to one of the most famous actresses EVER, the paparazzi want to splash my face all over the papers and everyone in school (and The World) is soon to discover the level of my social ineptitude.
(7) Is rice a bit done now? Maybe I can give out chocolate in Africa too. I do like chocolate. Must work out how to do it from the cupboard...
Reminiscent of Geek Girl, this new series in the new genre ‘Clean Teen’ suggests that not everyone wants to be famous.
Anna’s Mum and Dad were young journalists when she was conceived and her parents were then, and still are, good friends.
She lives with her Dad and dog and has two friends and is fairly insecure. But when her Dad starts dating the world famous, twice Oscar-winning actress Helena Montaine, her life changes. Helena’s daughter Marianne is a serious IT Girl, with paparazzi following her every move.
But does Anna want any of this? How much will Anna change in order to be ‘cool’? Will her old friends still be good enough when suddenly everyone wants to be her friend?
This is a charming story with great characters that shows what it means to be a friend and how it is OK to just be you.
A really easy, fun read, with lots of texting and note passing incorporated into the story.
It is best suited to girls 12 and up.
Reviewed by Rob