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Helena Pielichaty
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7 Feb 2008
At any other time they would never have met. Bright, arty Emma with the steady boyfriend and a new baby. James, the public schoolboy who won a bet but flunked all his exams in the process. Leon, sent to college instead of prison who's angry at the world and determined on revenge. And bolshy Grace, who acts like she doesn't care, but underneath it all has a very surprising secret to spring on the others. Thrust together on the first day of term at college the four of them form an unlikely and uneasy alliance that eventually leads to friendship, and even love. But if it really was fate that brought them together, it is a completely different, life-threatening, accident that will test their friendship and loyalty to the extreme.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192755102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192755100
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helena Pielichaty (pronounced Pierre-li-hatty) is a children's writer. She has written around thirty books for both the 8-11 year age range and young adults. Often compared to Jacqueline Wilson, Helena 'tackles real issues that worry real kids with both sympathy and humour and finds the extraordinary in the very ordinary.' (The Guardian)
For more about her books and latest news go to her website on and check out her blog page.

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I'll look forward to seeing more of Helena Pielichaty - she's brilliant! (Judge, Lancashire County Library, Children's Book of the year 2001)

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An entertaining and poignant tale about four friends thrown together by fate - Hollyoaks meets The Breakfast Club!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the consequence was ... 14 Mar 2008
This novel is based on such a clever idea that I bet other authors will wish they'd thought of it first. In fact THREE clever ideas. One is to have the four characters meeting by chance in a lift, on their first day at sixth-form characters - characters who wouldn't normally mix. The second is to shape events around the game of consequence: boy's name, girl's name, where they met, etc. And the third is to use Emma's art exhibition to structure the telling, as she asks the Polish cleaner, Kazia, for a response to her exhibits. This device enables Pielichaty to move forward swiftly from one significant event to the next, without awkward "time passing" scenes. The teenagers and their world are very convincingly up to the minute, and although their friendship falters at times or threatens to become unbalanced when two of them become an item, they're drawn into each other's traumas and dilemmas. Probably each reader will have his or her own favourite character: artistic teenage mother Emma; posh, unhappy James, rebellious but dependent Leon, or the resourceful, self-conscious Grace. This pacy, entertaining, moving story is certain to have wide appeal for teenagers male and female. So: the consequence is ... a terrific read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must buy' 12 May 2008
The author engages the reader from the first page. The idea of constructing a story around the timeless playground classic game of consequences is simply superb. The book tells the story of four different but endearing characters who come together by chance - their story is told via an art project one of them has produced at college and rehearses her presentation to the Polish cleaner, Kazia - who also evolves with the storyline. Each character is very different but the way the author threads them together is seamless and absorbing.
Some real and difficult issues are addressed in an unforced, realistic and humourous way.
I couldn't put this book down and was really disappointed to have finished it - i wanted it to go on and on ... I see a film or TV series in the making!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop reading 14 Jun 2008
I saw the cover of the book and wasn't overly grabbed but the title intrigued me so i read the first page to see what it was like and was hooked by it immediately.
This is the story of four people who meet by chance in an elevator on their first day at sixth-form college. They are not your normal group of people, there is Emma the straight A student and teenage mother with artistic talents. Grace the football mad, slightly unsure teen. James the intelligent but slightly rebellious good-looking lad and Leon, the rebellious but dependent troubled care kid.
The story is told by Emma to the cleaner at the college named Kazia, she is displaying her art project for an exam the next day, when she asks Kazia for her opinion. It is set out as a game of consequences, the much loved kids game of - his name, her name, he said, she said, and the consequence was...
This really is a fantastic idea for a story setting and works very well, you come to love the characters and get a real feeling for their experiences.
One of the best books i have read in my life, and i read an awful lot of books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected story. 14 Aug 2008
There is nothing accidental about the clever structure of this novel in which the stories of four very different characters are revealed through an art project based on the game of consequences.In less sensitive hands this could have been nothing more than a tricksy idea, but Pielichaty has instead produced a well paced, poignant tale with credible, distinctive characters the reader really cares about and just the right amount of leavening humour. A great read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original and engrossing read 11 April 2008
The novel unfolds in a very unusual way - there are four stories which form part of main character Emma's art project, based on the game of Consequences: Boy, Girl, He Said, She Said, Consequences.

This book is hard to put down. It has a soap opera feel and explores serious issues in an engaging way. I loved the characters, particularly Kazia, the cleaner, and the charming, naive James. This book is thoroughly recommended as a meaty, engrossing and original read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accidental Friends 5 Aug 2013
By Zoe
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This book was amazing! It was interesting how the past and present were separated. The whole plot was great!
5 stars!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 5 Aug 2013
By Evvy
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loved this story line couldnt put the book down really enjoyed it not only as i was lying on a beach but that helps with any book i think
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 25 July 2013
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This book was really good. Finished it in 2 days. It is set around 4 teenagers starting college who all meet up by accident and become friends. I'm 45 and found it a very good read. Very clever how the story is wrote.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars hard to get into
Didn't care much for the story line,because it was chopping and changing couldn't get interested in it,But I kept going back to it.
Published 6 months ago by A E BRANIGHAN
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
it was okay i liked the way how the story was told but i did find it a bit boring at places but just not my type of read.
Published 8 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different
I really enjoyed this book; a tale of four friends who met by chance at a college enrolment day.
The story is told by one of the friends through her art work which is based on... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pauline, Bristol
4.0 out of 5 stars Accidental friends
Downloaded to kindle. An enjoyable bedtime read-though it put me to sleep at times as I relaxed into reading it.
Published 9 months ago by BCS Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Wasn't sure at first but then really wanted to follow the friends lives. Easy reading just right for my lunch break
Published 14 months ago by kath Jarvis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
It wasnt a book that gripped from the start, It didnt make sense at first but when I got further into it, it all started to piece together & I started to really enjoy it & couldnt... Read more
Published 15 months ago by glassback
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story line
SLIGHTLY corny but nevertheless a good read. Interesting story line and I liked the way characters developed. Like the main character least though,
Published 15 months ago by Philip Darley Watson
3.0 out of 5 stars Book
It was something totally different from what is usually read but at the reduced price it was worth having a read
Published 15 months ago by Glo
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