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Thursday, 10 December 2009

Would You Rather by Chris Higgins

Title: Would You Rather?
Author: Chris Higgins
Published by: Hodder Children's Books
Publication date: 1st October 2009
Pages: 272
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought.


Flick loves to play Would you Rather? with her friends: Daddy or chips? Boyfriend or career? Snog or marry?

Life is all about the choices you make, and all around her Flick watches her family grapple with life-altering decisions.

When Flick's dad discovers that he's adopted, so begins a mystery that leads him to a long lost secret at the very heart of their family—one that leads back to a choice that was made many years ago, and once uncovered, will rock Flick's world.

Life is all about the choices you make, and all around her Flick watches her family grapple with life-altering decisions.

When Flick's dad discovers that he's adopted, so begins a mystery that leads him to a long lost secret at the very heart of their family—one that leads back to a choice that was made many years ago, and once uncovered, will rock Flick's world.
Flick's Mum wants to go abroad on holiday. Sounds normal, but this is actually where the trouble begins and family secrets are revealed. Flick's Dad doesn't have a passport, so he goes to his parents' house to get his birth certificate to apply for a passport while Flick is in the garden with her Grandad. A while later her Dad comes out in a strange mood and won't even make eye contact with his parents.

Meanwhile, on the way to London on the train, Flick finds a boy to chat to. He seems nice and they even eat together on the train. But somehow, all these things are connected: Mum wanting to go on holiday, Dad acting strange, Flick making friends with a boy... I really didn't expect what happened at the end! It was really surprising.

Everyone who likes a bit of a mystery should read this book. The ending was fantastic, although a little confusing.

I give this book 4/5, because although it's a very good plot and the characters are really funny, it does get a bit confusing at times! I did enjoy it though. My favourite character was the main character Flick because she was funny and it made me laugh the way she handled embarrassing situations.
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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami

Title: Bindi Babes
Author: Narinder Dhami
Published by: Corgi Children's
Publication date: 1st August 2003
Pages: 192
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

Meet Amber, Jazz and Geena, the coolest chicks on the block.

These girls have been through some tough times, but now that they've got their perfect world totally sorted, the one fashion accessory they don't need is an interfering live-in auntie trying to cramp their style.

Bring on the collective brainpower of the Bindi Babes! Nothing in life, not even a formidable Auntie-Ji, can stop these sisters...can it?

Amber, Geena and Jazz are three sisters. Their Mum has died, so their Dad looks after them. They all get what they want, as they know how to get around him - until Auntie arrives from India! They decide that the best way to stop Auntie interfering in their lives is to arrange a marriage for her, possibly to one of their teachers. But will their seemingly unstoppable plan work?

This book is the best out of the Babes series, I highly recommend it to anyone who absolutely loves Narinder Dhami books! It's a fun plot and the sisters all had different personalities which was great as sometimes in books when you get characters who are related, they can all merge together a bit if they are too similar.

It had all the things a brilliant book needs. Happy parts, sad parts, funny parts and parts that are especially girly! My favourite part in the book was the ending, but I won't say anything about that - I don't do spoilers! - so you'll have to buy the book yourself to find out.
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