Review: The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning

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Alice Jenkins is the worst girlfriend in the world according to the many, many boys who’ve shimmied up lampposts and shoplifted from New Look to impress her, only to be dumped when she gets bored of them. Alice has a very low boredom threshold. 


But she never gets bored with Franny, her best friend since they met at nursery school. Friends are for ever. Ain’t nothing going to come between them. Girls rule, boys drool is their motto. Well, it’s Alice’s motto, Franny doesn’t have much time for boys; they’re all totes immature and only interested in one thing. 


But then there’s Louis Allen, lead singer of The Desperadoes, the best band in Merrycliffe-on-sea (though that could be because they’re the only band in Merrycliffe-on-sea). He’s a tousle-haired, skinny-jeaned, sultry-eyed manchild, the closest thing that Franny’s ever seen to the hipsters that she’s read about on the internet and she’s been crushing on him HARD for the last three years. 


She’s never worked up the courage to actually speak to him but she’s sure on some deeper level that goes beyond mere words, Louis absolutely knows that she’s his soulmate. He just doesn’t know that he knows it yet. It’s why he cops off with so many other girls. 


So, when Alice, bored with callow youths, sets her sights on Louis it threatens to tear the girls’ friendship apart, even though they’re better than fighting over a boy. 


They strike a devil’s deal – may the best girl win. Best friends become bitter rivals and everything comes to an explosive conclusion on their first trip to London. 


Can true friendship conquer all?


Review

Sarra Manning is one of the leading ladies of UKYA contemporary romance stories with characters that are relatable and stories that are believable as her mark above the rest.  That being said, I was rather pleased to be sent a proof copy of her newest offering: The Worst Girlfriend in the World.  Who wouldn’t be pleased?

Set in a little nowhere town near the UK shore line, we meet Franny and Alice who are the best of friends.  Alice is the “Worst Girlfriend in the World” and is proud of it.  She uses boys  like toys and disposes of them with the click of her fingers once she’s bored.  Franny has the biggest crush on Louis and dreams of nabbing him and becoming a world famous fashion designer.  However, when Alice sets her targets on Louis, against Franny’s pleas not to, the girls fall out big time.  Can they’re friendship survive?  Can Franny reach her dream of leaving her small town for fame and big dreams?

Franny is a fantastic character to follow in this story of heartache and hope for a better future.  I really loved the idea of these two girls that are so tightly bound to each other and how they survive on their own as individuals.  Plus, Alice seemed like such an awful compared to Franny, you can quite imagine them falling out but at the same time, you don’t want them too because they really are BEST friends.  

I enjoyed the side story of Franny’s family and the issues with her mother and found it really refreshing that this story wasn’t just written off as filler.  It was all part of who Franny is and how she works in the world around her and how she makes her decisions, so it was important it was dealt with well by the author, and it was.

I always enjoy the fun that is a Sarra Manning book, but what really makes them stand out as an excellent choice is how they are three dimensional stories with several aspects to the characters and this is never over looked.  This wasn’t Adorkable Part 2 (Sarra’s previous and fantastic YA book) and as much as that disappointed me, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this book.  I didn’t warm to Francis as much as I did Michael Lee (Adorkable), but that’s not to say that I didn’t like him.  

A fun and thoughtful book that proves that Sarra Manning is the bee’s knees when it comes to this genre.  A great cast of misfits that I enjoyed following, even if it wasn’t up there with Adorkable in my heart; it still has a place there.

Published by Atom Books and is available online and in bookshops from May 2014

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