‘Funny stuff.’ Heat
'Snappy and wickedly entertaining.' You
‘Full of laughs and lipgloss – brilliant.’ Company
PRAISE FOR JENNY COLGAN:
‘Funny, magical and moving.’ TIME OUT
‘A sharp, witty love story.’ OBSERVER
'Colgan is on top form with her latest outrageous romp' Cosmopolitan
'Jenny Colgan is one of the leaders of the pack… Fast-paced, funny, poignant and well-observed' Daily Mail
'Wonderful, warm and resonant' Hello
'Sharp, well-observed and hilarious' New Statesman
'Compulsively comical' Cosmopolitan
'In the great tradition of Bridget Jones' Guardian
'Funny and insightful' Mail on Sunday
'Wickedly funny' Mirror
'A barrel of laughs' Express
'A witty, lively story' The Times
'A scream' Elle
'She is very, very funny' Express
From the Author
How the book came about? Well, I was lying in the bath one afternoon about two years ago reading Heat magazine (hey, I consider it very important to the creative process) and I thought, this is nuts; I'm reading about Justin Timberlake, who I would have *loved* as a teenager, but I'm nearly thirty. When am I ever going to grow up? And that led me to thinking how much I've changed, and what it would be like to do it all again.
I saw some friends that night and said, 'What do you think it would be like going back to school but knowing everything you know now?' and it sparked so much conversation that I thought I must be on to a good thing.
I think at first you assume it will be great because now you know how to be cool and get served in pubs and you're better at dealing with the opposite sex (well, maybe not the last one), but then you remember how tribal school can be and all the bullying and hassle and chemistry you have to put up with and you think, hmmm, maybe not...
Originally the book was called Sixteen Again; Flora is thirty-two and unhappy with her life, and wakes up one day in her sixteen-year-old body.
I wanted to make Flora sixteen as opposed to thirteen or eleven (like in those Hollywood body-swap movies) for two reasons: firstly, because I needed to get her out the house on her own, and nobody lets thirteen-year-old girls out on their own these days, and secondly, because I wanted her to get a bit of fun and romance in her life without anyone calling the police.