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Keris Stainton
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Book Description

6 May 2010

Don't miss this fantastic debut novel - Keris Stainton is a fabulously contemporary, witty and fresh new voice who teen girls will adore.

Della's over the moon when she kisses her long-standing crush at a party - but then she discovers her diary has disappeared...

When scans of embarrassing pages are sent to her mobile and appear on Facebook, Della's distraught - how can she enjoy her first proper romance when someone, somewhere, knows all her deepest, darkest secrets?

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (6 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1408304279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408304273
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My mum always claimed that when she lived in America for a year, my dad wrote to her every day and, in one of his letters, proposed. My dad denies this. But when she got home they got married anyway. In 1966 they emigrated to Canada. They'd wanted to go to New Zealand, but it was full.

I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which, by all accounts, is very cold. And also hot. But when I was four months old, my parents moved back to the UK. Don't worry, they brought me too - this isn't a misery memoir. And so I grew up on the Wirral. You probably haven't heard of it.

When I was 18 I moved to London and, a few years later, after meeting and falling in love with (I don't mean "at first sight". At first sight, I didn't like him and he didn't like me either. But that's another story) a fellow northerner we moved back "up north". Now we live in Lancashire (which is lovely, particularly when it's not raining. Which is about two weeks a year) with our two ridiculously gorgeous sons and a pug. Okay, we haven't got a pug, but maybe if I write it here it will come true. If you write it, pugs will come.

I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember (I spent much of my teen years writing stories about George Michael falling in love with me so I've obviously always had a good imagination), but I didn't write a novel until 2004 when I took part in National Novel Writing Month. I haven't quite finished that one yet (!), but I have finished a few others.

I now write full time and I think it's probably the best job in the world. Although if George Clooney is ever looking for an underpant-wrangler, I'll probably apply.

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A racy read. (Bliss)

Would be great for summer reading! (Once Upon a Bookcase)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snoggin' Fantastic! 23 April 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
OMG! What can I say? This book was absolutely the best 2 nights I've spent in bed recently! Meg Cabot is right when she affirms: "It's a delicious treat you'll want to eat up in a single bite!".
The eponymous Della is a wonderfully rounded, engaging, believable girl with all the dreams and anxieties that accompany any teenager. With her liberal-minded parents (her Dad is a scream) and her older sister jetting off to the States, Della is delighted when the gorgeous Dan, whom she has lusted after since he gave her some crayons aged four, finally asks her out.

But that's when the madness starts. During her sister's going away party - somewhere between the bit where her sister's boyfriend sticks his tongue down her throat, and the bit when she decides to kiss Dan for the first time, Della's Diary goes missing. And even though she's now got the delightful Dan to take her mind off of it's whereabouts, it's not until pages... extremely embarrassing pages... of it start turning up on Facebook and other places that she really begins to worry who's got it. And why. And she starts to doubt everyone. Even her best friend, Maddy and the perfectly wonderful Dan.

"Della Says: OMG!" Is a rollercoaster ride from start to end. I seriously didn't want it to finish. The writing is sparkling, upbeat, very, very funny and the conversations between the characters is just so convincing it makes you want to read them over and over again and wish you were right there with them.

Keris Stainton is a name to watch out for - a bright, new voice in teenage fiction and if you like your characters believable, familiar and refreshingly honest, then you HAVE to read "Della Says:OMG!" You won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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im going on holiday and got this book for reading when i was sitting on the beach, but by reading peoples reviews it was calling my name! im 14 but very mature for my age, and this book was so perfect - im not the type of girl you expect to be a bookworm but its books like these where i forget i even have a facebook account and spend my whole nights in my room reading.
The book explained every dirty detail that most teenage girls are asking themselves, and it was so cute to imagine Della and Dan! the book sounds like its written by a teenage girl , which i love cause im always looking for books that i can relate to.
One of my favourite books, definatly worth reading, read it in 2 nights easily, you'll regret it alot of you dont buy this now!! X
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Della Says: OMG! 26 May 2010
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Della Says: OMG! is the debut novel from author Keris Stainton, and is a great addition to UK teen fiction. It focuses on Della, a likeable, realistic teenager whose personal diary is stolen from right under her nose. When excerpts from said diary start showing up on Facebook and other public places, she does what everyone in that situation would do: panics.

I enjoyed Della Says: OMG!, and I particularly liked the budding romance between Della and Dan. First relationships can be a scary thing, with so much to worry about, and so much that can go wrong. Stainton shows every side to teen life, and has perfectly captured the mindset of a teenage girl. Readers will realise they're not along when it comes to boyfriend anxiety, and that can only be a blessing in disguise.

I would have liked the book to be a little longer, and for there to be more emphasis on the missing diary. I felt like that plot got slightly overlooked, and I would have loved to see more embarrassing excerpts. I also thought Della figured out who the thief was too easily, though I understand why it played out that way.

Overall, Della Says: OMG! is a fun, light read with some serious stuff thrown in for good measure. Growing up is a hard time in anyone's life, and what makes this book so good is the realisation that Stainton still remembers what those rollercoaster teen years are like. I'm really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next, and I think she's definitely a writer to watch!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect summer read 27 April 2010
A thoroughly enjoyable story about everyone's worst nightmare - your innermost thoughts and dreams out there for the world to see. Della is a very likeable heroine and I felt for her as her diary was revealed piece by piece in the most excruciating way possible. Her relationship with Dan was sweetly portrayed and had me remembering my own first boyfriends. Keris Stainton doesn't shy away from the more intimate side of Della's blossoming feelings for Dan and I think this makes the book much stronger. The ending was a real surprise but fitted the storyline.

I really recommend this - a perfect summer read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Witty and Utterly Snogtastic! 20 April 2010
The concept of this book really appealed to me. I have been writing in diaries since I was 11 years old, and one of my worst nightmares is that somebody might find and read them. The thought that they may be put onto the internet or shared with anyone else gives me the complete heebie jeebies! For such a thing to happen to the protagonist, Della, immediately keeps you turning the page to see whether she can retrieve her diary and all of its secrets.

I thought this book was wonderful. Keris has a real skill of writing three dimensional characters; the kind of people you would like to exist in real life, and perhaps be friends with. Della was no exception. A lovely, smart, funny teenager dealing with the ups and downs of life as an adolescent. Her thoughts and feelings on life and the events happening around her were so well observed and very realistic. A perfect narrator.

The supporting cast were colourful and a joy to read. I especially loved Della's parents, who - far from being the kind of 'parenty' parents you may expect in a teenage novel - were very cool.

In-between searching for the missing diary, Della is enjoying a burgeoning romance with her long term crush - Dan. I think that this plot was my favourite of the whole book. For a start Dan was absolutely delicious. I was worried about just how delicious I found him (you know, with him being a teenager and all), but have been re-assured by others who have read this book, that this is completely normal. In reading this, expect to get a crush on Dan. It's inevitable.

The kissing scenes between Della and Dan brought on a touch of nostalgia. They snog and snog and snog some more. Kind of made me want to be a teen again, when kissing for HOURS was the most exciting way to spend your time.

I found this book refreshingly real, well written, witty and atmospheric. I highly recommend it and can't wait to see what Keris offers us next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
Fabulous book. Great storyline, believable characters.
I would recommend it to anybody who loves a good read.
Couldn't put it down.
Published 2 months ago by samsonite11111
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
My daughter loved this book, she thought it eas very funny and enjoyable to read- her friends no want to read the book
Published 13 months ago by Mrs D J Lavin
4.0 out of 5 stars Della Says: OMG
Della Says: OMG is a fun, humorous read with lots of drama! I've recently read and loved all three of Keris Stainton's contemporary teen titles. Read more
Published 14 months ago by mfu_11
5.0 out of 5 stars such understanding and empathy
A super read. The author shows such understanding and empathy for teen angst and carries us through it with a storyline close to every girl's heart and a page turning plot. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ms. R. T. Mountney
5.0 out of 5 stars Della Says: OMG!
Della has had a huge crush on Dan since they were both just four-years-old and he gave her a brand new box of crayons (awww! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Iffath
5.0 out of 5 stars I ended up loving it
I wanted to like Della Says: OMG! but I ended up loving it. Most of that is due to Della who starts of so unsure of herself but grows up a lot. Read more
Published 19 months ago by lunaslittlelibrary
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and horrifying by turns, with one of the strongest teen...
The premise, the title and the cover for this book promise a great fun read and it is certainly that, while at the same time exploring some crucial issues for teens about... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mrs. B. S. Kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Snappy!
Great read and totally tapped into teenage fears and insecurities. I felt like I was 17 again reading this novel! Sparkly dialogue, contemporary and utterly engaging. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by Hannah M Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars A really sweet novel!
I have had this book sitting on my TBR pile for such a long time, and I really regret not picking it up sooner. Della Says: OMG! Is such a sweet novel! Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2011 by Jo
3.0 out of 5 stars Della Says Omg
I thought it was okay. It was simply written which is understandable as it is aimed at a younger audience than my age. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2010 by Katelyn Andrews
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