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Girls In Love by Jacqueline Wilson is one of four of her books on the BBC top 100 books list I am reading.
It is the first in a series of 'girls' books by the author. The cover is bright with blocks of neon green, pink and orange blocks.
The rrp for this book is 5.99.
The book is about a 14 year old girl called Ellie. It is written as if by her and is done well, you could imagine a 14 year old acting and saying the things in the book.
Ellie has a bit of a thing about the number 9. There are a few of her lists in the books, all containing 9 items on the lists such as her list of resolutions and favourite famous people.
Ellie lives with her dad, step mum and their child - her little brother who she calls egg. Ellie feels left out and that her little brother gets all the attention.
Her best friends are Magda and Nadine. The three girls are about to start a new year of school at the start of the book and all Ellie wants is to find a boyfriend. When her friends get boyfriends she wants one even more and decides to make one up.
As the book goes along we read about Ellie's insecurities, her crush on a boy she passes on the way to school and the disappointment at having someone like her who she doesn't feel the same about. So basically, all the usually young teenager stuff.
We follow Ellie through school, her first party, her fall outs with friends and her home life. It is an interesting read and it keeps you interested because you want to find out if she achieves her ultimate goal of finding a boyfriend, and if her friends' stay with theirs.
The only negative I find with this book is that it is aimed at a limited number of readers. I found the book in the teenage section of my local library, most of the Jacqueline Wilson books are in the childrens section but this one isn't for children. As the title 'girls in love' would suggest, it is about relationships, messy, young, first relationships. The book mentions snogging a lot, love bites and several references to sex. There is nothing too crude in it at all but I think those younger than teenage years would find it confusing, gross and most probably uninteresting. Older teenagers will have heard, seen and maybe even done 'it' before so would find the book too young so the age range is very limited and I don't think boys would like the book.
I thought the characters in the book, who were 13 and 14, seemed a bit young for the subject matter and references to sex but I suppose that's just modern times. It is actually quite good at highlighting the pressure young girls feel under in relationships (especially with the older teenage boys). It is also good because it includes Ellie mentioning her body issues, her feelings towards her step-mum and her jealousy of her younger brother. All issues which are the norm these days and readers in the same position will feel they are not alone. Considering the book was first published in 1997 it is quite ahead of many others of it's time where the characters look perfect and have perfect families and lives.
I thought the book was very good, not her best, but good all the same and I'm sure girls of the right age bracket would love it. The illustrations by Nick Sharatt fit in really well with the style of the book being little sketches and cartoons dotted around to make the pages more interesting. The lists and love letters in the book break the pages up a bit and I think younger readers would find the style of writing fun to read.
When I was about twelve , I absolutely loved Jaqueline Wilson's teenage range. Many of my favourites included 'Girls In Love Series' and one if I remember right , called 'Dolphin Star.' When I was younger I had all of the the 'Girls In ...' books. The book which I am going to review today is the one called 'Girls In Love'.
Girls In Love , the paperback version is a fictional book written by Jaqueline Wilson and aimed at teenage girls between the ages of around eleven and fourteen is taken from a triology of books including this one , Girls Under Pressure and Girls In Tears. The book was released in 2003 and has one hundred and sixty pages. This book is available to buy from Amazon for as little as £0.01 which I think is amazing value.
Girls In Love , like the other two books in the series , focuses on three teenage girls , aged thirteen , who are best friends ; Ellie , Magda , and Nadine. When their 'cool' friend Nadine has a new boyfriend , Ellie can't help feeling a bit left out , and so says that she has a boyfriend too , describing a boy she met on holiday when she was younger ; he liked her but she didn't like him , but still describes him as the perfect boyfriend. Will Ellie get found out ? What will happen when Nadine's boyfriend causes trouble ?
The first thing which stands out for me most , is how well the author manages to connect with the readers. Considering the author is a lady in her 50's/60's , it's amazing how well she understands the age group. She certainly knows what makes teenagers tick and how they think , and I think it makes a great difference , rather than someone who hasn't got a clue writing about teenagers for teenagers.
I like that story only focuses on three main characters as it gives the reader a chance to get to know them better , and makes focusing on the story much easier. I like that , even though the characters are so different ,yet they're best friends ; they're quite a funny match really. My favorite character is Magda because she seems more laid back than the other too ; she's not as 'panick-y' as Ellie , yet not as 'too cool' as Nadine.
There is quite a lot of humour in this book , which young girls will find funny. I remember laughing out loud quite a few times when I read this. This book isn't all about laughter though , there are some tears and sadness , which the reader will feel along with the characters. This is the kind of book that whatever the character feels , the reader feels too , however I think that's what makes a great book as it forms a proper connection between the characters and reader.
This book is perfect for teenage girls around the age of thirteen as , every girl that age will be able to relate to what's going on this book. It especially makes a good read if you've just been dumped as it gives some great advice and makes you feel like your not the only person in the World to be dumped.
Although there isn't that much of a storyline to the book , it mainly just focuses on the everyday lives and problems that young teenage girls go through. I like how realistic the story is ; it means that everyone can releate to and it also makes it more enjoyable that it's not over the top like a lot of teenage books.
I think that this book is a great re-assurance to young girls. For example , it doesn't matter if you have puppy fat or don't have a boyfriend. These kind of things won't matter in time to come , and so I think that this point supports my opinion , that the book sends out some great sensible messages to young readers.
I would definetely recommend this book to all young teenage girls ,and if you've already read this one , I would also recommend the other two books in the series ; Girls In Tears and Girls Under Pressure!
Thanks for reading!
January 22nd 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
Jacqueline Wilson's "Girls In Love" is passionate, funny and so so page-turning.
It is a part of a series of books by the successful Britsh award-winning authoress, who created teenager "Tracy Beaker", who you may have seen on your screens. Likewise, Girls In Love featured in episodes in 2004, which i remember taping and watching over and over again like theres no tommorrow. The story follows 13/14 year old Ellie, her friends stylish Madga and gothy Nadine, lovesick Dan, plus family: stepmum Anna, fat Dad and annoying lil-bro who is nicknamed "Eggs".
I felt very grown up as a youngster reading Wilson's "Girls..." series as it highlightes issues that may make you blush when approached about by your parents such as sex, puberty and boys. However, Jacqueline is clever. And every reader thinks it. Her work is clever, diluted and humerous, making ever-so-slightly educational reading fun and worthwhile. Plus, with its giggly phrases and similies, and exciting teen storylines, you can't put it down.
Girls In Love, written in chapters and published before in 1995 by Doubleday/Corgi Books, addresses Dan, annoying and geeky, who lusts after Ellie. Sounds simple, but Wilson creates a whole world of joy, complications and realitsic senarios with this wonderful plot.
Worth a reading with a hot chocolate and your feet up. Truly magical.
Girls In Love is one of a trilogy about 3 best friends called Nadine, Ellie and Magda.
They go to the same school and are the bestest of friends. Throughout this book we see the things that Ellie, the central character, has to go through. It talks about her family problems with her dad and step mother and also relationship problems.
Young teenage girls can really relate to this film as they are often going through the same thing so they can see it's perfectly normal.
Girls In Love is an enjoyable read. When i read the series of three books, i was about 12 or 13 so i knew exactly how the character was feeling. Reading the book was often a sort of escape as it was like reading about someone else who was going through the exact same thing.
An excellent book that i would definitely recommend to young teenage girls.
This book is one in a set of three about the same three girls. The girls are all going through typical teenage worries - boys, nagging parents, weight issues, sex, school etc. Girls in Love focuses on the love and relationahip issues that can affect teenage girls. The three friends are each going though their own love trials.
I think this is a valuable book for teenage girls to read as it shows that they are not the only one going through these tribulations, and that their feelings are perfectly normal. The book covers lots of different situations from being stood up to not liking your best mate's bloke. Therefore most teenage girls reading this book will be able to relate to it along the way.
The book reads very easily, so it's not too taxing when you've had a hard day at school or college and need something a bit lighter than The Color Purple or Wuthering Heights!. Overall it's a good book to give teenage girls a bit of a boost, as they can see that everyone goes through these different teenage issues. It's also gooif they are worried about one of their
Girls In Love is the first in the series of four books by Jacqueline Wilson, it is followed by Girls out Late, Girls under Pressure & Girls in Tears.
It's all about three girls, the main character, Ellie and her best friends Nadine and Magda. It follows the ups and downs of their lives as teenage girls, with the pressures of boyfriends and Ellie trying to come to terms with the death of her mother and having her new stepmother Anna and half brother Eggs around.
Just to make things even harder for Ellie and here friends there is a twist in the story as nadine's boyfriend starts causing trouble. this books shows how important friends are and that it's always good to stick close to them. It really does how what life is like for teenage girls very well indeed! Its a brilliant book which I would recommend for 11 to 15 years olds.
This is the first in a series of books following Ellie, a year nine, and her best friends Magda and Nadine.
This is a great book for young teenagers as it deals with complicated issues of growing up without being too heavy, condescending or boring (a difficult balance). Whilst the style and assumptions can get a bit annoying - all Jacqueline Wilson's characters seem to share a massive obsession for McDonald's for some unknown reason - the characters are realistic and lovable. Even years on, I still come back to this book for light relief and giggles.
The story itself is well-structured and the characters are developed fully. It tells the story of the three girls from Ellie's perspective as they suffer from too little, too much and the wrong kind of male attention, ultimately portraying the idea that friends will stick by you through thick and thin and are far more important than boys!
This book would make an ideal gift for girls who love Jacqueline Wilson's writing but are growing out of her stories for younger readers, as well as being valuable in the implicit life lessons covered. It's a modern day book that doesn't take itself too seriously and is a great start to a small series, kind of like the Enid Blyton for today's teens.
Jacqueline Wilson has written books for adults, but for last 20 years she has mostly been writing for young people. She has an understanding of the way modern children of today live and the problems they face. Her books are fun to read. Some of the books she writes has elements of sadness, but they always include a sense of humour. Girls in love is part of a trilogy. Other books in the trilogy: Girls Under pressure and Girls out late. What is the book about? -------------------------- This book is about three girls who are best friends and each want a boyfriend. In the end they all get a boyfriend. Ellie meets a boy called Dan when she was on holiday to Wales and so although she is not that keen on him at first he becomes her boyfriend. Magda meets a boy called Greg, who is in her class. Finally Nadine meets a handsome boy called Liam, but he is a mean boy who starts causing trouble. The story tells you just how important good friends are. The main characters ------------------------- Ellie --- thinks she's unattractive and boring and that no boy will ever be interested in her and it's all she ever talks about. Magda --- she is tall and glamourous, full of self confidence she is boy-crazy and fun loving but sometimes oblivious to serious situations. Nadine --- A thin gothic kind of girl who is cynical but also good natured and at times quite gullible. What I like about the book ------------------------------ I think it is a great book for children aged 11 years and upwards, I think children can identify with her characters because they are so realistic, there are no perfect children, just everyday children with their everyday vulnerabilities. Sometimes it is sad, sometimes it is scary but most often it is funny. More Info --------------- Children's fiction Illustrated by Nick Sharratt 560 pages 197x130mm Price ------- I currently purchased it in Tesco's special offer 3.99p but you can buy it used on Amazon from 2.49p. thanks for reading