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When I was younger, I swear I was Mary-Kate and Ashley's biggest fan! 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: How To Train A Boy is the 1st book in the 'So Little Time' collection and this is where the whole 'So Little Time' book collection started. This book was released in the United Kingdom in 2002 (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: As part of a school project, the twins have to each bring an adult who they both admire to school with them. They bring Tedi who is a model and Manuelo who is their house keeper. Everyone at school loves Manuelo. However, later on, the family are having their family photo taken and accidentally forget to include Manuelo. He is so upset that he quits his job. He decideds to run away and hide from the family and takes a job elsewhere as a head chef. Will the girls be able to find him in time? Read Just Between Us to find out!
~ * What Did I Think? * ~
Whilst I wouldn't say that the storyline is a strong one; there are lots of things happening, but it is mainly like 'a day in the life of...' rather than a big dramatic plot. I did think that the plot was quite strange; I mean it doesn't really seem that realistic, taking a 'favourite adult' to school with you. However, whilst it's not my favourite 'So Little Time' plot, I guess it is different which makes it quite different.
Despite the fact the plot does appear to be quite simple, this book will definitely appeal to teenagers especially as things the teenage twins experience in this book will mean that readers will be able to relate to them easily.
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. I found that the book is laid out and written in quite a simplistic way, which makes it very easy to read; perfect for chilling out before bed.
The main characters in the book; Chloe and Riley 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 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 is easy-reading.
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. The only thing I found was the fact that the problem in the book is obviously a main issue for the twins, however, in real life, I mean who has a housekeeper anyway? So I found that compared to the other books in the series , this one wasn't as easy to relate to as the others.
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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