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The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning

theworstgirlfriendWhew! It’s been a week of gloriously roasting temperatures even up here in usually mild Scotland. There’s nothing quite like sitting in the garden, with a glass of icy something, reading your way through a towering pile of awesome books. Currently I feel like I’m actually on holiday. The bright red sunburn only adds to this feeling!

I ended up with the sunburn thanks to The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning. I got so caught up and absorbed in my reading that when I finished and put down the book, it was too late. I was toasted to a crisp. But it was so worth it. This is a brilliant book!

Franny B and Alice are best friends. They have been best friends for as long as they can remember. And even though they are very different, they love each other unconditionally and nothing will come between them. Absolutely nothing!

Alice is a sex-bomb on legs, curves in all the right places and she knows how to use them. She uses them to snare every boy in town, regardless of whether he has a girlfriend or not and then she dumps him a week later when she’s had enough. She is the worst girlfriend in the world. And she revels in this reputation. Franny B is not only her best friend, but her only friend. And being Alice’s friend is a full time job. But things are changing for Franny, she’s going to college to study fashion design and making some new friends. Something Alice doesn’t like. And Franny has been obsessed with Louis, the lead singer of the local absolutely rubbish band. So when Alice declares she’s now interested in Louis too their friendship is in deep peril.

This was a really wonderful story, with so many individual and quirky characters. The new friends Franny makes at college are just fabulous and so well drawn. Franny B herself is uber cool and quirky and utterly deliciously unique. But she’s so clearly in the shadow of her more confident best friend that she doesn’t see her own qualities.  Franny has a difficult background which is sensitively portrayed and gives insight into her motivations. This is a must read for anyone with fashion design aspirations, the fine details were a joy to read and there were a lot of wonderful references to 60’s icons.

There are some very funny moments which speed this story along and made me laugh out loud. The exploration of friendship and what that means when it’s tested to the absolute limit is really well done. And I loved the determined way Franny dealt with all the issues that were thrown at her. This is a fabulous read which I thoroughly enjoyed and romped through without looking up. It was very much worth having to bathe in aloe vera afterwards.

About Eve Harvey

Eve Harvey is a bookaholic. She is forever to be found with her nose in a book. If there are none around then newspapers, magazines, the back of cereal packets, road signs or the tiny washing labels found on the seams of jumpers will do. Eve used to have full time job as a children's bookseller and she was the very first Waterstone's Children's Expert Bookseller in Scotland. Her first love was definitely literature for children and teens, about which she has nerd-level knowledge. However she has since become involved in grown-up books and has co-written her first adult novel with Cath Murphy. Eve and Cath Podcast, blog and have far too much fun on their website Domestic Hell. Eve lives in a field just outside Edinburgh in Scotland with her daughter and son and two dogs and two rabbits. She also has some tanks of tropical fish and vows one day to start up a marine aquarium. And the day she signs her very first publishing deal she is going to celebrate by buying a pair of Horsefields tortoises. You can find Eve through her Agent, Ella Kahn at DKW Literary Agency. She's also on Twitter or on her website :

One comment on “The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning

  1. Jackie
    July 28, 2014

    Well, now I want to see how it all plays out. I really hope that Alice stayed away from Louis. It’s great to see YA books with strong female characters, especially one like Franny who is following her dreams.
    Hope your sun burn heals quickly!

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