2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Friday, 4 April 2014

REVIEW: The Worst Girlfriend in the World - Sarra Manning

Friday, 4 April 2014

GENRE: Contemporary/Romance
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY ITWaterstones
RATING: 3.5 Stars

This review refers to an uncorrected advance edition.

Alice Jenkins is the worst girlfriend in the world according to the many, many boys who've shimmied up lampposts and shoplifted from New Look to impress her, only to be dumped when she gets bored of them. Alice has a very low boredom threshold. But she never gets bored with Franny, her best friend since they met at nursery school. Friends are for ever. Ain't nothing going to come between them. Girls rule, boys drool is their motto. Well, it's Alice's motto, Franny doesn't have much time for boys; they're all totes immature and only interested in one thing. But then there's Louis Allen, lead singer of Thee Desperadoes, the best band in Merrycliffe-on-sea (though that could be because they're the only band in Merrycliffe-on-sea). He's a tousle-haired, skinny-jeaned, sultry-eyed manchild, the closest thing that Franny's ever seen to the hipsters that she's read about on the internet and she's been crushing on him HARD for the last three years. She's never worked up the courage to actually speak to him but she's sure on some deeper level that goes beyond mere words, Louis absolutely knows that she's his soulmate. He just doesn't know that he knows it yet. It's why he cops off with so many other girls. So, when Alice, bored with callow youths, sets her sights on Louis it threatens to tear the girls' friendship apart, even though they're better than fighting over a boy. They strike a devil's deal - may the best girl win. Best friends become bitter rivals and everything comes to an explosive conclusion on their first trip to London. Can true friendship conquer all?

I've read a few Sara Manning books before and this one is my favourite so far. I enjoyed seeing Franny B's character develop as the story progressed and each new person she met helped her see a different bit of herself that she hadn't realised was there before. There were a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, and plenty of cringeworthy ones too. I admired her for sticking to her guns and following her dreams with her desire to be a fashion designer, at that age it's all too easy to back down to your parents when they think they know best but I loved how she stuck with it. 

A great read and it will be a surefire hit when it comes out later this year.

- Gem.

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