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Diary of a Crush 1: French Kiss Paperback – 15 Jul 2004

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (15 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340877022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340877029
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarra Manning is an author and journalist. She started her writing career on Melody Maker, than spent five years on legendary UK teen mag, J17, first as a writer, then as Entertainment Editor. Subsequently she edited teen fashion bible Ellegirl UK and the BBC's What To Wear magazine.

Sarra has written for ELLE, Grazia, Red, InStyle, The Guardian, Sunday Times Style, The Mail On Sunday's You, Harper's Bazaar, Stylisr, Time Out and The Sunday Telegraph's Stella. Her best-selling YA novels, which include Guitar Girl, Let's Get Lost, Pretty Things, The Diary Of A Crush trilogy and Nobody's Girl have been translated into numerous languages. Her latest YA novel, Adorkable, was published by Atom.

She has also written three grown-up novels; Unsticky, You Don't Have To Say You Love Me and Nine Uses For An Ex-Boyfriend. Her next book, It Felt Like A Kiss, will be out in May 2013.

Sarra lives in North London with her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Miss Betsy, and prides herself on her unique ability to accessorise.

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"Fluffy romance fans will be delighted . . . expect girls to gobble it down and ask for more." --"Booklist" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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When Edie first spots moody, dark, delicious Dylan at college,

she just knows that this is the start of a roller-coaster,

big-time love story, And now she's got their epic story all down on paper

in her secret diary. But, hey, this is just between you, me and Edie...OK?


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eternity on 1 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I have loved the Diary of a Crush series ever since I was a young teen, it was always my favourite part of J-17 magazine and I was extremely disappointed when the series was discontinued. I bought the trilogy of novels when they came out, feeling far too old to be reading them (I was either 17 or 18, I don't quite remember), however, I was hooked from the first page, completely excited to learn how Edie and Dylan got together. I've now read them so many times I lost count and laugh at the same parts over and over again.

I read a lot of teen novels and I can say that Sarra Manning's are the most exciting. The voice of her narrator is always defined and doesn't rely on stereotypes. Her characters are diverse and original, their personalities having a strong influence on their relationships and the plot. Some teen novels are overly fluffy whereas others are so deep they become a chore to read, but Sarra Manning deals with issues in a intelligent way without becoming too heavy and boring readers.

If you are considering buying the Diary of a Crush trilogy for yourself or a relative or a friend, I say hit that "add to shopping basket" button pronto.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danielle @ What Danielle Did Next on 27 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
Gather round kids! I'm going to tell you a story about the good ol' days! A time before Twitter, iPhones, and gasp! the Kindle!!! No it wasn't 1875! It was the late 90′s and I was still a teenager (physically anyway, emotionally I still am and to be honest my chest never got the puberty memo O-O) reading my fave teen mag J17.

Every month there was a serial called "Diary of a Crush" featuring uber cool cat Edie and her epic romance with the sulky but sultry boyshape - Dylan. It became required reading for me and my friends (after the Problem Pages cos...you know!) and we were enthralled with each new instalment of their saga and when J17 commissioned 3 novellas for even more adventures of Edie to give away as gifts with the mag - well it was like Christmas!

Before YA really took hold and became the successful machine it is today most of my "YA" novels came from the US like Babysitter's Club, Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew with some Judy Blume stuck in there too. There was no real UK/Ireland YA stories so when Sarra Manning started DOAC it was such a relief to read about teens that spoke like us, had the same cultural references and social backgrounds. Now with the internet and the age of instant information everything meshes together and there's a uniformity to the young person's social experience globally that wasn't there when I was growing up so it was extra special.

I'm delighted that Atom books have decided to republish Diary of a Crush incorporating the magazine entries and novellas into three separate volumes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lee on 9 Oct. 2004
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Aw! I loved this book and thought it was great and funny. You might remember that this was originally a 'Diary of A Crush' column in J17 but the book series is better. It's the diary of 16-year-old Edie, who's just started at sixth form college in her new home in Manchester. She instantly falls in love with Dylan, the weird, scruffy 'art boy' on her Photography course. Of course, she's terrified of talking to him, and his supercool friend Shona totally intimidates her as well. And why is bitchy Mia setting out to be so nasty to Edie? This book was very good. If you're the type of person who needs books to be serious, you'll hate this and Edie's obsession with fashion, but if you like teenage diaries then this is probably for you.
Rated by britishfairyprincess :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. on 30 Mar. 2006
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Every girl out there who's ever had a crush - so, every girl out there, really - can relate to Edie's thoughts and feelings throughout this book, and the others in the trilogy. Sarra Manning captures every stage of the crush, and does so with a perfect blend of humour and emotion.
Buy it. Buy it now!
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Review by Charlotte - Year 9

Personally, I loved reading French Kiss. The story is written in diary format, every entry detailed to such an extent you feel as if you are watching the plot unfold like a TV series. Sarra Manning has captured the emotions perfectly, each emotion whether sadness or excitement fuelled my desire to continue reading. The mix of romance versus teen heartache creates an exciting, gripping and relatable book.

French Kiss focuses on a new college student, Edie. At first Edie finds it difficult to make friends in this new environment. She also drawn to a handsome boy named Dylan. Although she doesn’t know him she feels very strongly about him to the point of obsession, he is all she thinks about.

As time progresses Edie settles into her new life in college making a few friends in her art class, Dylan among them. When the class goes on a trip to Paris, things start to heat up between Edie and Dylan.

I is impossible to pick my favourite part, I loved it all. I would definitely read more by Sarra Manning, she has a way of maintaining a thrilling atmosphere, there is never a dull or boring moment. I am definitely going to read the other books in this series, I cannot wait to see what happens with Edie and Dylan.

I would 100% recommend this to 13+ girls. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and Edie is a stereotypical teen girl who is easy to relate to. If you like romance with high levels of emotion and excitement than this is the book for you.
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