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It's Different for Girls [Kindle Edition]

Jo Brand
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A wonderfully funny and poignant novel about growing up in the seventies, teenage angst, growing pains and first love.


Rachel and Susan do not like to be beside the seaside. Hastings is so uncool. Plunging headfirst into the choppy waters of adolescence, they are determined to survive their teens by sticking together. It’s a rollercoaster ride of nutty parents, randy language students, stoned hippies, all-night parties on the pier, and an amusement arcade of emotional neediness.


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'[an] 'ebullient coming-of-age novel ... horribly funny' -- The Times

Book Description

Teenage kicks, seaside sex and soggy chips... the hilarious second novel from the Queen of Comedy, Jo Brand

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 955 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755322304
  • Publisher: Review; New Ed edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DCB30M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jo Brand is a stand-up comic with many TV and radio shows to her name. She is married with two children and lives in south London.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read! 8 May 2005
Format:Hardcover
This is the first book by Jo Brand that I have read and a break away from my usual reading matter. I was in for a pleasant surprise.
I too grew up in the 70's and was able to empathise with the character Rachel, a shy, 13 year old, totally in awe of her new found and very pretty friend Susan.
The friendship appears to be an odd one coming as they do from very different backgrounds, but you soon realise that the families they come from are not as perfect as they first seem.
The novel is laugh a loud funny, especially the sexual fumblings that take place, but it also has a serious edge.
This novel is very funny, sad and poignant all at the same time. There is a twist to the tale that will keep you glued to the last page.
If you too grew up in the 70's you will love this book and it will bring back many memories.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Different for Girls 2 Feb. 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. I'm not the sort of person who will finish a book as I tend to get bored and put a DVD on instead, but I was engrossed in this one. It wasn't overly eloquent or fussy, which put's me off most novels when the authors can't write from their charachters perspective. It was a teenagers view of life and describes the way they are so focussed on themselves and the world hating them. It may help some stuggling parents of awkward daughters to remember what it's like being an adolecent of any era. It might help some of those awkward daughters relaise what their parents have been through too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read 15 Feb. 2007
Format:Hardcover
Having enjoyed Jo Brand as a comedian I was very much looking forward to reading this. I felt the blurb was accurate but unfortunately found the novel itself to be somewhat of an anticlimax.

Though I did find myself giggling out loud at times, it simply wasn't the riot I was expecting it to be. It seemed to be chick-lit of the most basic kind, which is great if that's what you're after, but I felt it lacked the dry humour typical of Brand.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very uneven follow-up to Sorting Out Billy 5 Jun. 2005
By Mr. RpN
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed Sorting Out Billy and so was looking forward to Different for Girls. But if you were one of those who thought that Sorting Out Billy was just a bit too amateurish, then I think you will struggle with this one. To be fair, after a shaky start [where Jo Brand doesn't seem to be sure why she is writing the novel, other than at the request of her publisher / agent] the plot does get into its stride and the characters start to bud a little [they never really blossom]. There are some good set pieces, but told in a slightly breathless manner that detracts from the potential humour. The end of the book is, to say the least, a stretch of the reader's tolerance. I'm not giving anything of the plot away when I say that when one character conveniently remembers that he has some money stashed away in a bank account because 'he couldn't think what to spend it on' [this being an art student], you just say to yourself, "Oh for goodnes sake, can't you do better than that!?".
So, on balance - worth a read, one for the beach, but you won't be too bothered if you find you've left it behind on the sunbed when you've finished it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun - I suspect she based it on her ... 8 Sept. 2014
By Jayneh
Format:Paperback
Good fun - I suspect she based it on her own teenage years. There was a lot of familiar themes when I read her autobiography
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4.0 out of 5 stars funny and easy read! 9 July 2012
By Luds
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a very light and easy read. Reminds me of my own teenage angst!

Made me laugh out loud at times :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars funniest book ever 2 Jan. 2013
By sarah
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
i have read this many times and bought for a friend who like me grew up in Hastings in the 70's
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 5 Jun. 2005
Format:Hardcover
I am only 16 and i had this book as a gift for my birthday and i hadnt realy heard much about it so i didnt have high expectations. But i was shocked when i started reading, its a brilliantly funny laugh out loud book, heart warming and deffinatly keeps you wanting more!!Once piked up you cant resist to find out whats in store next!Reccomend this book to anyone but would advise parents that itz not 4 children under 11. Saying that if you don't mind your children reading about teenager sex and swear words then deffinatly go ahead and buy it, then read it yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 1 month ago by lois baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great fun read.
Published 9 months ago by Marconi777
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read
Published 9 months ago by annie
1.0 out of 5 stars It's different for girls - SEXIST
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Published on 30 Dec. 2011 by cupcake
1.0 out of 5 stars sorted!!
Being a fan of Jo Brand this made a fab pressie for my friends birthday .....I haven't heard any bad comments and even though I have asked to borrow it I have to wait until her... Read more
Published on 2 Jan. 2011 by Ms. Kathryn Bellard
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Ageist, sexist and, quite obnoxious. If you like that - then you'll also appreciate buying an old piece of rope.
Published on 16 Sept. 2007 by mykonos
1.0 out of 5 stars Jo ..forget the pen ...get back on the stage
Such a disappointment ...I was looking for that dry humour that she delivers so well on stage and instead you get this really slow meaningless tripe. Read more
Published on 9 Sept. 2007 by J. Ferguson
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much like a seventies teenager's essay
Mmm? Okay at the start but I felt it became very much like a seventies teenager writing an essay towards the end. Far too discriptive and long winded in places. Read more
Published on 17 Nov. 2006 by K. Kidman
1.0 out of 5 stars what twist??
i didn't like this book. i bought it cos jo brand is funny, but she is just not a good writer! the book was slow and i kept realising i just wasn't taking in the long dull... Read more
Published on 21 July 2006 by Ms. H. Irwin
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