Review: You Don’t Know Me by Sophia Bennett

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It was all so good. Sasha and Rose. Best friends in a band, singing together. Right up to the finals of Killer Act when the judges tell them one of them must go Suddenly their friendship is put to the ultimate test. On TV in front of millions. Two girls. One huge mistake. Can they ever forgive each other?


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So you and your friends suddenly become famous over night after a random act of sugar filled video recording and then some thievery.  Sounds rather odd but basically Sasha and her friends find fame and then are forced to make a choice between that fame and a friend and the consequences are majorly unpredictable.  A moments decision finds a friendship on the line, the fickle mistress of fame messing with their lives and the whole world is watching.  You Don’t Know Me tells the tale of what fame can do to people and what people can do to each other for both bad and good.

I was a huge fan of Sophia’s previous book The Look when you saw some real humanity and human relationships put to the test under unusual and sometimes extreme circumstances.  Again in You Don’t Know Me we are taken into a world where our established characters are thrown into the deep end of life and a series of events forces them to question who they are.  What I love about the way Sophia Bennett writes if that it is so believable and so human.  Sasha isn’t just a standard teenager stereotype and even though she’s the time to likely LOL at something (egh) but she’s also very sensible and caring.  Sophia’s teenagers are real and life like and not stereotypes you’d see on Hollyoaks and such.  They react as I would have done at that age and it makes my heart warm to them all.

The story is both engaging and funny and I haven’t zoomed through a book so quickly for ages.  I couldn’t put it down.  It was glaring at me from my bag at work and whispering “Read me.  No one will see you read just one little page”.  I loved the mixture of characters and how Sasha’s friends were all unique but didn’t over shadow Sasha’s point of view in the book.  What was truly wonderful to see was the message about friendships and particularly about body image among teenage girls and in the media.  It’s something I feel strongly about myself and it was handled so well that it makes it an inspiring read for young girls.  I plan to hand on my copy to a 12 year old girl I know already in the hopes that she sees the important messages and has a good giggle along the way.

Another cracker of a story from Sophia Bennett that blends morals and manic laughs into a nicer shaped tale about music and relationships.

Published by Chicken House and is available from here and bookshops now

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