Friday, 13 August 2010

TEEN: Girl, 16: Five-Star Fiasco- Sue Limb


The teenage world of Jess Jordon is looking characteristically chaotic: Mum has joined an online dating programme and has recruited Jess as advisor, while Jess' best friend Flora has a rich new boyfriend who Jess can't possibly keep up with. Then Jess' own boyfriend, Fred, does something unbelievably treacherous and spineless. Jess is becoming completely fed up with the male sex, and is beginning to think that the only reliable form of male is e-mail ...Never mind, there's Valentine's Day to look forward to. Fred is sure to make amends then. Isn't he? Full of Sue Limb's very funny take on teenage life and problems, fans of Girl, 15 will be thrilled to have available a new Fred and Jess story. It's only when you've stopped laughing that you realise that, in addition to writing with wit and warmth, Sue Limb has also dealt effortlessly with bigger and important themes of friendship and loyalty.


To be honest this is a tale in an already established series and one that unfortunately I didn’t really get into. The characters were clunky (although this could be due to their multiple appearances) there was no real character growth and above all else it seemed a little bit too far fetched to be set in the real world. It’s a great shame as I really hoped that this would have done more as well as endearing and aiding the younger reader of this offering with the ways to help deal with life’s little struggles. A great shame in all.

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