ME, SUZY P by KAREN SAUNDERS.
I'm Suzy Puttock (yes, Puttock with a P). Fourteen years old and a complete disaster magnet.
My life's full of ups and downs. My loved-up big sister Amber's getting married and wants lime-green bridesmaids dresses. I'm not happy about that.
But there's this hot new guy, Zach, just started at my school. I am happy about that.
Only ...... I've had a boyfriend since forever. Danny. So now I'm all kinds of confused.
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FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): Oh no, oh no, oh no ..... I can't believe I'm so late.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 32): When we finally make it to the top floor, we appear to have arrived in a parallel universe - a universe where a small child has run amok with glitter, lace and frills. In front of me there's a sea of white froth, silvery tiaras and bridesmaids' dresses in every pastel colour imaginable.
It's like a Barbie factory spewed up in here.
MY THOUGHTS: One of my favourite reads of 2012. Despite being aimed at a much, much younger audience there is just so much I related to within the pages of this novel - first love, embarrassing parents, horrendous little sisters- it was almost as if much of my teen life was laid bare.
Yes, there are those books that are so awe-inspiring as to be life changing and then there's Me, Suzy P that though hardly earth-shattering is an immensely enjoyable, fun-filled read.
All about the life, loves, family and friends of 14-year-old Suzy Puttock whilst this is a very modern story of a young woman trying to find herself - often with hilarious and toe-curling embarrassing results - this will undoubtedly resonate with all those who remember the joys (and pains) of their own adolescence.
And though primarily one for girlies (aged 10 and up) just as Suzy's exploits took me back to my 14-year-old self I'm sure that any boys who happen upon this novel will find much of them selves in the form of Danny, Jamie and Zach.
Published in NewBooks magazine, issue number 73.
NB: Though not published until January 2013 Me, Suzy P is available to pre-order at Amazon now.
DISCLAIMER: An uncorrected proof copy read and reviewed on behalf of NEWBOOKS magazine I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.