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Letters Of A Lovestruck Teenager (Red Fox young adult) Paperback – 4 Feb 1999


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; 2nd Revised edition edition (4 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099402521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099402527
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tormented teenagers always make for a good read, but Claire Robertson has created in Gilly Freeborn, the heroine of the laugh-out-loud Letters of a Love Struck Teenager, one of the most hilariously tormented of them all. As Gilly writes to Alexa Deerheart, Agony Aunt of "The Bizz" magazine, her delightfully traumatic life is laid bare. The terror of having no breasts, the first tinglings (literally!) of love, and the trials and tribulations of relationships with family and friends make her life and absolute teenage hell. And as for spots--read it and weep!

Letters of a Love Struck Teenager is pure joy and Gilly Freeborn instantly translates as a female Adrian Mole, trapped in a body that is intent on defying her. Raw and passionate, decidedly naughty in places and crammed full of delightful bitchiness, this is a book to die for and certainly one that the grown-ups will enjoy too as they relive the pain of those hideously confusing teenage years. (Age 11 and up) --Susan Harrison

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Enany on 31 Mar 2003
Where's the publicity machine that could have turned this amazing little book into an international bestseller? Every time I pick up this little gem of a coming-of-age book, I find something new to wonder about - and I'm 32. The heroine, Gillian ("Gilly") Freeborn, proves that the epistolary form is not dead, and that the _Bildungsroman_ (coming-of-age novel) is still a viable genre, though the tone is so informal, and the pages turn so fast, that you might be forgiven for not noticing the serious side.
The entire novel is made up of Gilly's letters to the Agony Aunt of a local newspaper, over such fourteen-going-on-fifteen woes as getting breasts, dorky friends, and unrequited crushes. What lifts this book up out of the ordinary plane is that Gilly is a budding writer, and this is reflected in her turn of phrase. She is so witty it hurts. Take her response to the Agony Aunt's reassurance that " 'a lot of girls go through life flat-chested and are perfectly happy.' Well, let me tell you that this news has gone down like a lead balloon in this department. Of course, thinking long term, I might save money on underwear, but who cares?" (I am quoting from memory here.) Whether she is wryly commenting that she, unlike her heroine Emily Bronte, is unlikely to become a poet since she has a view of Lego-like trees from her bedroom window instead of the romantic heath, or panicking about having friends who go through life "ejecting unidentified matter at key points" (again, quote from memory) when her klutziest classmate drops the baked beans the class made in Home Economics right in front of the boy Gilly fancies, Gilly's voice rings unfailingly true, a captivating mix of genuine confusion and dry humour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 1999
I loved the book! It was so funny I couldn't put it down but just kept on reading and reading to find out her other plan to get noticed by HIM! Gilly is just like any other teenage girl, which makes it more enjoyable to read. Her letters to agony aunt, Alexa are hilarious! Everything about it is excellent, I definitely recommend it to teenage girls as it is funny, romantic (in its own way), realistic and well funny again! All in all it gets a full thumbs up from me, it's worth buying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on 21 Feb 2003
Not many people have heard of this book i'm sure but i personally think this book is brilliant! Although it's not as good as the Georgia Nicholson (By Louise Rennison) series it still contains rib-tickling humour throughout the book. It doesn't exactly have a proper storyline, but the situations, main character, Gilly Freeborn finds herself in are something to relate to and gives a cringe worthy effect. Just a fab book
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By Amazon Customer on 29 Nov 2013
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Not read this book yet but the preview made me laugh it looks like its going to be a very good read
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this book related to every day life it told the truth and it was so funny Gilly Freeborn is writing letters to an agony aunt and it really is hilarious!
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