“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Nancy Butcher / Mass Market Paperback / 128 Pages / Book is published 2003-11 by HarperEntertainment „
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I was Mary-Kate and Ashley's biggest fan when I was around twelve years old! I had their videos, books, music...you name it I had it. For those of you who don't know, Mary-Kate and Ashley are American twin sisters. They were born in 1986 (and are 25 years old now). They have been 'in the public eye' since they were 9 months (yes months, not years!). They started out as actresses, however as they have got older they have turned their hands to fashion and beauty. One of the television shows Mary-Kate and Ashley starred in was a teenage show called 'So Little Time' and they were the main characters. As well as being a television show, there is also a huge collection of books based on the show. Today, I will be reviewing one of the books.
So Little Time: Best Friends Forever is the 1st book in the 'So Little Time' series .This book was released in the United Kingdom in 2004 (however, it was released around 2-3 years earlier in the United States. Amazon are currently selling this book from as little as £0.01 which I think is excellent value for money.
~ * The Plot * ~
Chloe and Riley Carlson are fourteen year old twin sisters. They live by the beach in Malibu with their mother who is a designer, and their father who lives in a trailer on the beach (he is trying to find himself), so they household is quite a funny one.
In this book: The twins are in competition with their friends over their school business project. It starts off as friendly, but soon turns bitter. Will this affect their friendship forever? The twins' mother has been told by her doctor to stay at home and rest - meaning that she can't do any of her work. But will she listen? Read Best Friend's Forever to find out!
~ * What Did I Think? * ~
There are lots of things happening, but it is mainly like 'a day in the life of...' rather than a big dramatic plot. I will admit that whilst I enjoyed this book, it wasn't my favourite from the whole series as it just doesn't have an exciting plot. Despite the fact the plot does appear to be quite simple, this book will definitely appeal to teenagers as they will be able to relate to the twins and their school life..
The twins have a really cool life; they live by the beach, they are popular at school etc., and so I think that teenagers will find them to be inspirational characters - ones they want to be just like. This should encourage teenage girls to read.
Even though the book doesn't go into too much depth, it still makes an interesting and enjoyable read. It is the kind of book which once you have read the first sentence; you just have to keep on reading until you've reached the end as you will not want to put the book down. It's very addictive. The language used in the book is simple and the font is quite large (not very large) but you don't have to squint to read it, and so this makes reading the book easy; perfect for bedtime reading or at other times when chilling out. I would say that the book is aimed at girls between the ages of around 11 and 15. The text is quite simple and mainly consists of short, simple sentences. The text just flows which means that the book makes very easy-reading.
Chloe and Riley (the main characters) are really likeable. They come across as being fun and friendly. They make you feel as though you are the 'third triplet', rather than a friend of the twins. They are so easy to relate to as well which is good and so I think that this is one of the main reasons why I enjoyed the book. I felt sad when they fell out with their friends. This book certainly makes you think how important friendships are.
I like the fact the book moves very quickly. It's all very 'they did this and then they did that' and it doesn't hang around which is good as it means that it keeps the readers interested.
I would definitely recommend this book. Also, at 1p each per book you can afford to buy the whole collection.
Thanks for reading!
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