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Sarra Manning
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30 May 2013 Diary of a Crush (Book 1)

New town, new college, new people, Edie's feeling overwhelmed. What if nobody wants to be her friend? But then something happens that turns her life upside down: Edie spots Dylan. Messy-haired, pouty, frustratingly elusive Dylan. . .

Fast forward to the college trip to Paris and things are really heating up. In between the shopping, the clubbing, the kissing and the making up, something happens between Edie and Dylan that changes both their lives for ever. But do boys like Dylan ever play for keeps?

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atom; Reprint edition (30 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349001561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349001562
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,406 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"

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The first in the much-loved Diary of a Crush trilogy from bestselling teen author Sarra Manning

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now! 1 July 2006
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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4.0 out of 5 stars French Kiss by Sarra Manning 9 Oct 2004
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freakin' Amazing 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 27 Jun 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance 9 Dec 2007
I was about thirteen when I first came across the Diary of a Crush series in J17, and I loved it so much that I used to keep my old copies and reread them. So you can imagine how excited I was when they released the books. I'm now in my twenties and I still find them as relevant and entertaining today as I did when I really was a teenager. Sara Manning has created characters that are very relatable, in situations that are very familiar to the teenage experience, but are as capitviating as any soap opera. Also, there is just something very cool about these characters. You want to have Edie as you're best friend, you want to meet Dylan so you can fancy him too, and you look up to Shona every bit as much as Edie does. These books spoke to me during those tough teenage years and now I should be older and wiser, I still find them every bit as enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love at First Page 25 April 2009
I've always read but was never hooked (meaning, not stopping for hours on end till the last page was turned and then you wish the book was suddenly bigger) until after this book. I'd also never been into teen romance or romance in general, now I'm addicted.

Edie (short for Edith but never, ever call her that) has just moved to a new town, her friends are miles away and she has to do her a-levels at college. Is there anything in Manchester for her?

Two words: Dylan Kowalski

So starts the troublesome romance of Edie and Dylan. Will they ever get together?

Edie's character is strong, original and very believable. I found myself looking back over past experiences and understanding exactly how she felt.

This book had me laughing, smiling and awing. It's easy going and fun! Every girl should read this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT PEOPLE.
Enjoyed this book. Teenage girls will love it. There are fall outs, new friend ships- everything in normal day life. Just read it :)
Published 4 months ago by samanthad8
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cowbridge School Library
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
perfect for teens! you can really relate to the main character, Edie in this fantastic book i highly recommend! 5 stars all the way
Published 15 months ago by Cathay
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic teen read
After absolutely loving other Sarra Manning books such as Adorkable and Nobody's Girl, I will read anything she has published now. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Fiction_Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A n enjoyable read
Love Sarra Manning's adult books so thought I would try this early book. Interesting to see how Sarra's style has evolved but, also, how some of her prose, turns of phrase etc. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Scarlet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
This is a brilliant book! Sarra Manning has done a terrific job of capturing a teenage girl's thoughts and putting them down on paper. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by SarahBatha
5.0 out of 5 stars love this<3
love everything about this book!
read for about 10 times now and
i still fall in love with it!
never gonna be bored of edie and dylan :)
Published on 6 Oct 2010 by rochelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Oh, there are no words to describe how much I loved this book! I finished this book yesterday, but I was on too high a buzz to actually form coherent sentences to write the review,... Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2010 by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but...
This book was a really easy read and it was a good one too! It's definitely the style of writing that I usually go for.
The storyline wasn't bad either, it's just that.. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2010 by The Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars FRENCH KISS!
Edie(short for Edith) fell in love with Dylan, at first sight. He is popular, sexy, older, infuriating and elusive. He is also in Edie's photography class. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by Mahin
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