Review: Suzy P and the Trouble with Three by Karen Saunders


Suzy’s off camping with her family and best mate Millie – yes, you heard right – camping! As if being stuck in a caravan in rainy Wales for two whole weeks weren’t bad enough, to make matters worse, Mum’s best friend’s daughter, super-glam (and super-snooty) Isabella is coming too. When Millie starts spending all her time with Isabella, Suzy is devastated. Can her friendship with Millie survive when three is most definitely a crowd?


WARNING: This is the second in a series so there is a high chance of spoilers for the first book, but no spoilers for this one. Promise!

Suzy P has the worst luck.  She’s finally back on track with her boyfriend and her life is back to normal (as close as it can be to normal) after her sister’s wedding.  However, now her sister is pregnant, with twins and is living in the family home with her sickly sweet hubby.  It’s a tight squeeze and money is tight too so everything is on a budget, including the family holiday.  Camping in Wales.  Throw in an extra house guest, a fashionable Italian teen girl called Isabella, and life gets mega complicated when BFF Millie starts to like hanging out with Isabella more than Suzy.

Second books in a series can be a difficult thing because they have to live up to, or surpass, the first book.  It’s a tricky balance but Karen Saunders hits the nail on the head completely.  I think this book may even be better than the first Suzy P book because it feels like Karen has learnt lessons from writing Book 1 and taken them on board in writing this book.  It’s funny, the storyline is wonderful and it doesn’t feel ‘forced’ at all.

I loved the returning characters and the new ones that are thrown into the mix to change up the pace of the world of Suzy P.  I can vividly remember family holidays that I really didn’t want to be at or didn’t enjoy (as you do as a teenager) but thinking back on them, they were really fun and a laugh.  I completely understood how it felt to be Suzy at that age and being the clumsy, slightly uncool girl and just not fitting in.  Suzy is the girl I was and it makes reading Suzy P and the Trouble with Three both wonderful and slightly painful at how much I can relate too.

Brilliant book to relax into and have a really jolly old time.  

Published by Templar Publishing and is available online and in bookshops now.


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