‘So. It’s official. My life sucks. I always thought it but this caravan trip confirmed it. I, Bella Fisher, am on a one-way trip to Loserdom’
I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely WINNING at FAILING at life.
1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket
2. I accidentally called my geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn’t impressed.
3. I’m a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way.
4. I always fail maths and science.
So it figures that when I meet the FITTEST BOY IN THE WORLD, Zac, I’m doing solo star jumps. While dressed as a cereal box. *(NOTE TO SELF, fancy dress = HE-WILL-NEVER-EVER-FANCY-ME dress.) Now I’ve got to somehow persuade Zac to come to prom with me – while avoiding my evil ex and dealing with a secret so mega-awks I want to Ctrl-Z my brain… What could go wrong? Oh yeah, that’s right. Absolutely everything.
What I thought
An easy comparison for this book would be the Georgia Nicholson series – ‘Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging’ etc, and while it wouldn’t be a wrong comparison it feels too easy and doesn’t quite cover it.
Yes both books are filled with 2nd hand shame and cringe moments but they are also separate things. ‘Angus, Thongs…’ is now nearly 20 years old (OH MY GOD I FEEL SO OLD. I REMEMBER PRE-ORDERING THE LATER BOOKS) and while the state of awkwardness of your teenage years hasn’t changed the technology and the world has changed. It’s only right that the teenagers now days have books that reflect that that haven’t been out longer than they’ve been alive.
This book, and I’m assuming the rest of the series, really catches hold of teenage youth and just how BIG everything feels when you’re that age. Everything is big and important and world ending, you feel SO much that no matter how much you try not to care it’s impossible. Bella is desperate to make a good impression on Zac and so of course she lets him believe she’s older.
Of course when he becomes a TA at her school everything goes to hell in a hand basket. Because of course it does, why would anything go smoothly?
It feels real. Bella cares about the things that I remember caring about at that age and wants to be a grown-up but also doesn’t want the job and the responsibility and doesn’t know how to cope with it. She’s barely getting through school as it is.
However I think the thing I loved most about this books (and the Georgia Nicholson ones too) is that yes a large part of the plot is the romance and trying to get the guy to notice her. But the best part is the supporting characters, the best friends who all rally around each other. I know for a fact that my teenage years would have been so much worse if I didn’t have people around me boosting me whenever I needed them. Bella’s friends – Rachel and Tegan – make her, and me, laugh and are able turn the most cringe-worthy moment into something to laugh about. And not nervous uncomfortable laughter. Proper laughter in an I-can’t-believe-that-happened kind of way. Yes they have there issues, that’s always going to happen, but that doesn’t stop them being friends.
Why I read it
This one shot up my TBR when Beth was announced for YALC 2018.
It’s difficult to work out what to say about this book apart from – it’s just pure fun. Filled with awkward teenage moments that gave me 2nd hand embarrassment and made me cringe. No matter how hard we try everyone remember what it’s like to be an awkward teenager and trying to look cool only for things to fall apart at the seams. This is the perfect teenage version of ‘Bridget Jones’. Beth Garrod has perfectly summed up what it is to be 16 at a British school
Us Millennials had Georgia to keep us company and get us through the awkward phases and Gen-Z’s have Bella. And long may she reign.
Did I enjoy it? YUS
Would I read it again? Yup. it’s fun and light and perfect for those moments when I’ve read heavy genre and just want a book to make me smile. I wouldn’t mind listening to the audio of this one either.
Am I glad I read it? Yup.
Would I recommend? Yeah 🙂
PopSugar: Makes you nostalgic, two word title,
Read Harder: Humour book
Let me know what you think, did you read ‘Angus Thongs…’ and are you looking for something fun to read to bring back those moments of teenage cringe? or have you read this book and think I missed something?
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P.S The next book is ‘The Smoke Thieves’ by Sally Green