Review: Diary of a Crush French Kiss by Sarra Manning

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The first in the much-loved Diary of a Crush trilogy from bestselling teen author Sarra Manning.


New town, new college, new people, Edie’s feeling overwhelmed. What if nobody wants to be her friend? But then something happens that turns her life upside down: Edie spots Dylan. Messy-haired, pouty, frustratingly elusive Dylan. . .


Fast forward to the college trip to Paris and things are really heating up. In between the shopping, the clubbing, the kissing and the making up, something happens between Edie and Dylan that changes both their lives for ever. But do boys like Dylan ever play for keeps?




Review

I really loved Adorkable by Sarra Manning and though this sounded a bit more on the chick lit side of the coin for my tastes I knew in the hands of Sarra it wouldn’t steer me far wrong.  It’s actually a reissue of an already published book series from Sarra’s serialisation from her time at J17 Magazine.  It was originally published in parts in the magazine and then was published as whole stories but the whole series has been rebranded and given new book jackets to match the Adorkable book.  

Edie is a new girl at college and is already hating everything about it.  She’s had to move away from her friends and now is stuck at a college as the outsider.  She starts to make friends but the thing that really catches her eye is Dylan.  *sigh* Dreamboat Dylan.  Edie has such a crush on Dylan that it’s almost criminal and as she makes friends with him and his crowd she feels like she’s just that bit closer to nabbing him.  Could a class trip to Paris change everything or will her dreams of a happy ever after get lost down the drain.

Told as a diary (as you may have guessed from the title) this book was a truly sweet and fun story about those hard times growing up when all you can dream about is being swept off your feet by the cool guy and being the belle at the ball.  I loved Edie’s voice and you can really hear elements of future aspects I loved in Adorkable.  It’s a short book but it made it all the more enjoyable to dip into like a guilty pleasure sneaky binge on ice cream.  It isn’t exactly reality as I experienced it at school but it’s not all jumping on planes and running off to fancy hotels for swanky parties.  It’s reality: friendships made and broken, lies and secrets, heartbreak and flutters and families too.  

It’s a fun story and I’d definitely pick up the other books in the series for an easy Sunday afternoon pleasure read or something for a relaxing beach holiday.  A taste of real teenage life with a bit of an adventure in Paris to spice it all up and cause some drama.  

Published by Atom Books and is available here and bookshops right now

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