I really enjoyed Diary of a Parent Trainer last year, so I was thrilled when I heard Jenny Smith had a new book out and I bought a copy right away. I can happily report that My Big Fat Teen Crisis is just as great!
Thirteen-year-old Sam Wallis is a loveable character who tends to see the funny side of life; her dad's nickname for her is 'Smiler'. But life takes a turn for the worse when her best friend Gemma moves to the Outer Hebrides and Sam has to face school without her. At the same time, an old childhood friend reappears in Sam's life, and she develops a sudden intense crush on a new boy. Soon she decides that she needs a whole new look - and possibly a slightly altered, more dramatic life story, too.
I loved all the characters in this book - except Tania, of course, but I was happy with the way things worked out in that part of the storyline.
Sam and her faraway best friend Gemma both had a brilliantly quirky outlook, and the ups and downs of their friendship rang absolutely true, as did the various messages and Facebook-style updates that appear throughout the book. I was thoroughly entertained by the inclusion of comedy goats, ironic sweatshirts, poorly sheep, knitting, music festivals, teachers with odd habits, parents going through mild mid-life crises and so much more. The story had a satisfying and touching ending. I finished this book a few days ago and I keep remembering small details and laughing to myself.
An adorable story, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.