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Guitar Girl [Paperback]

Sarra Manning
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5 May 2005
Seventeen-year-old Molly's band was always just about being a girl - singing Hello Kitty Speedboat and pretending to play instruments with her best mates Jane and Tara. But then the arrogant Dean and his sidekickT hijack the band and suddenly the fluffy girl band becomes The Hormones - a real band with a record deal - and they're heading for the big time. Molly slips further and further away from her old life and straight into a tangled love-hate relationship with Dean. Then there are the constant parties, the drugs and the phonies who pretend to like you when they don't...Molly is living her dream, and she's never felt lonelier in her life. But has she got the strength to walk away from the band, and start again?
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  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (5 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142403180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142403181
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 12.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,226 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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When Molly's all girl band, The Hormones, is hijacked by Dean and T, they're suddenly a serious band with proper instruments, and heading for the big time...But life as a teenage rock star has its downside, and Molly's fast learning that fame doesn't come for free. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fast-paced, sharp and witty novel from a talented teen journalist turned author!
Credible, entertaining yet cautionary story of the perils of fame.
Authentic characterisation and spot on contemporary detail - a compelling, satisfying read! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Girl - Sarra Manning 29 May 2005
By Maddie
I bought this book at Waterloo station on my way to France for a french exchange, and I definately don't regret it. I bought it intially for the cover (breaking the rule, I know!) and the title, as I play guitar myself.
It's been 18 months since I bought this book and I have read it twenty-seven times and I have not yet got bored of it. I have lent it to most of my friends and they all loved it too as we each can relate to the characters, Molly, Dean, Jane, Tara, and T.
I would recommend this book to any person over 10, of any gender, especially if they have a particular interest in music, the music industry, and also indie rock/britpop (oh and Hello Kitty!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really very heartbreaking 2 Mar 2007
Having written a rather scathing review (I now realise) of Pretty Things, I felt a need to bring balance to the universe by sticking uup for one of my favourite books. Thats this one.

Its a little hard to read in that the fun goes out of Mollys life very swiftly. The band is formed, hijacked and then things go all colours of crazy. There are tender moments (and truly only brief moments) when Molly spends secret time with Dean, or small exchanges of words with Jane and Tara, but on the whole things are shitty for her. Its a real downer to anyone who decides they want to start a band, although the message here truly reads that maturiy and age and experience and knowing who the hell you are (which no teenager really knows yet) is vital if you thrust your life into the cruel eyes of the public and media.

So yes its heartbreaking and yes its a downer, but it is also a story about a girl who believes in songs changing peoples lives who gets battered, but inevitably picks herself up, learns some lessons and sorts her life out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "not another teen" book 17 Mar 2006
When I went to the library, I didnt have a particular book in mind to check out, I just wanted a free reading book for study hall. I picked up Guitar Girl and I thought it would be different because
1. the title infers that there has to be SOMETHING to do with music and
2. it relates to the teen world
I read the book within a day, never stopping to put it down!! I thought it really related to me since I am in a rock band and it mentions a lot of the issues that teens deal with (love, boyfriends, friends, drugs, alcohol, parents, even just briefly homosexuality). I have read it 5 times within a week and I just love it!! I recomend it to any girl (13-18) cause it surprisingly relates to our world : )
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realised what I love about this book 3 July 2007
I read this book almost two years ago and I still go back and read bit's of it over and over again which I never do with books. I like the plot mainly because I relate to the main character, molly throughout. I also thought it was really intresting, because most people sees being in a band and being famous as an oppotunity of it solving all your problems and making everything all better in life. It shows thought that is isn't all good and can create much bigger problems that you had before. I also love Sarra Mannings writing style, it is quite easy not to put a book down written by her in my opinion. I have read alot more since reading this book too I've noticed so that's a good thing I suppose too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite an enjoable read 25 Dec 2006
Not a simple fun read as one might expect judging by the cover and the blurb as the book deals with teenage issues like sex, drugs and freindship but I still found it a pretty decent read.

The book starts off by showing us that the main character 'Molly' is thinking back through her memories when she first became a popluar star due to her success in a band that she created. We also see that perhaps the ending won't be as simple as we first assume as Molly clearly tells the reader that she is in trouble because of her band the 'Hormones'and is being sued £5,000,000.

We see that Molly and her freinds Jane and Tara are bored with their miserable existence and so go on to form a band which then later adds two more members Dean and T (whom Molly isn't so sure of), everything seems to be going great for the 5 stars but things turn nasty when super stardom isn't cracked out to be like they say, the book then deals with the problems of the music industry and what freindship really boils down to at the end of the day.

Guitar girl is an enjoyable read for those who are interested in perhaps creating a band of their own or even curious about the life of rockstars but the plot does leak of predictability and at times seems to be lacking any action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. READ IT!!!!!!! 21 July 2006
Guitar girl is a great book. I would recommend it to everyone.

It is about a gir; called Molly who froms a rock band with her two best friends. Then they meet this guy called Dean at a gig him and his mate T join the band and they are really good. They are soon signed by a record company but Molly's parents want her to stay home and go to school. The band do really well and Molly and Dean start dating but things don't turn out so well.

I'll leave it there because you will love finding out what happens by reading this great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book 10 Jun 2005
This was such a brilliant book, and is one of my favourite books. It's great how it gives the appearance of being a brilliantly shallow book about boys music and all things girls love, but is way deep. You can really relate to Molly's situation (apart from the whole rock chick thing). I cried so much in it ( which is quite embarassing when u r reading it in the middle of a waterstones store, or english reading period). I have read it so many times i've lost count, and it is like my security blanket and i love it so much!
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Published 2 days ago by roseholly
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as other works by this author
Teenage girls (the target audience) may well nurture dreams of becoming pop stars and so enjoy this, but I wonder if they would be as disappointed by the ending as I was?
Published 15 months ago by Scarlet
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Daughter enjoyed this xams present and has finished already and starting to retread it again, most be good book then.
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Published on 22 July 2008 by M. Julier
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When my auntie gave me this book for christmas I was like what the hell is this?

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Published on 2 Jan 2008 by Fliss
1.0 out of 5 stars strangly familiar....
I really didn't like this book. A lot of things the characters say are ripped from Buffy and it also draws heavily on an early noughty's film called "Girl" especially during the... Read more
Published on 2 July 2007 by J. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars fun, entertaining
having previously read pretty things and had enjoyed it, really wanted to read this one. liked it more than pretty things!!! Read more
Published on 13 April 2007 by Lindymck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is one of the best and most addictive books that i have ever read. I have read it seven times now and still haven't got fed up of it!!! Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2006 by bookworm331
5.0 out of 5 stars i love you sara manning
i loved this book! although the tital and cover illustration is a bit cheesy you should not let this put you off. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2006 by Peter J. Buckley
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