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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: 12.7 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,783 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 By Maddie on 29 May 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By Charlotte J. Caulfield on 2 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Masood on 25 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By daydreamer with issues on 3 July 2007
Format: Paperback
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 By Beth on 25 Jan 2005
Format: Paperback
When I recieved the 'Bite' box of ten books, I deliberately left Guitar Girl until last. It looked like a typical girly romance book- full of 'angst' and unrealistic situations.
Truth is, Guitar Girl isn't like that. Yeah, some of the situations are a tad unlikely, but the storyline as a whole, and Sarra Manning's way of telling the story makes up for all that.
Molly is an endearing character that is easy to identify with, and her story of The Hormones and her love-hate relationship with Dean is one that many teenagers will both relate to and be fascinated by.
Guitar Girl is a book that every teen should read, and leaves you thinking about it long after it is finished.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "beaublondleo" on 17 Mar 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By lauren on 25 Aug 2004
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i was brought this book as part of a set and at first i thought it would be kinda boring and/or really cheesy, but i was wrong. This book was really insperational and i managed to read it all in one go! The book works on lots of different levels but when you begin to relate to the characters sumtimes you want to help them, some times you just want to give them a slap! (the slimy manager mostly!) This book has everything, drama, suspense, horror, action, okay perhaps i'm going slighty over the top, but this is a great book and i recommend to anyone 12 and over! huzzah for a great book (and a great review........!)
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