14-year-old Suzy Puttock and her three best friends lead an average teenage life, spending most of their time in school, home or hanging out in cafes. Side-splitting mishaps and cringe moments have a nasty habit of following Suzy wherever she goes, but otherwise life’s pretty normal – she’s been going out with Danny since forever, her nutty older sister Amber’s wedding is taking up all her family’s attention and her annoying younger sister Harry is intent on making her life a misery. But when gorgeous new boy Zach starts showing Suzy attention, she wonders if the grass may be greener on the other side of the romantic fence. Before Suzy knows it, she has broken up with Danny, there’s a huge rift in her friendship group and life is careering off track. Can she sort herself out before things are messed up completely?
I had the very last of a birthday voucher to use up and fancied something a bit fun, a bit lighter than my reads of late and silly. This was a perfect little find. I did have a snoop on other bloggers sites to see their reviews and was pleased to see it had good ratings for people I trusted so I clicked buy. It arrived glaring with colour and made me feel lighter already.
Suzy P (as in Puttock, yes that rhymes with…) is actually kind of living an OK life. Weird for the start of a YA but stranger things have happened and weird in a good way. She has good friends and a boyfriend that she connects with but it’s the introduction of a new boy at school that puts a spanner in the works. She starts doubting her love life and if she’s even in a proper relationship. He sister is a bride to be and super gooey in love and her Best Friend is loved up and not afraid to show it in public. Suzy and Danny act more like mates most of the time where as new boy Zach makes her tummy do flip flops. Suzy’s love life gets thrown all over the shop as she’s being dragged into the world of weddings to support her sister and is being threatened with a lime green bridesmaid dress. EEK!
This book was kinda exactly what I needed after my last few heavy reads because it made me giggle and was an easy read for a younger teen that made my head wake up a bit. I already know at lovely 12 year old who I shall be passing my copy along to and she’s excited to start it. The story line wasn’t over complicated and the main character is relatable as a confused teenager girl who is clumsy and not always on the ball with her relationships. I loved the father figure who was trapped in a house of women and had claimed the youngest as a honouree lad. Made for a lot of humourous chuckles on my bus journey.
If you need something light and a relatively fast read then this is perfect. Plus I think it’d be a great transition book from kids books to teen books, especially for girls that like contemporary stories over paranormal stuff.
Published by Templar Publishing and available here and book shops now