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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340883731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340883730
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,351 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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A fabulous coming of age romp. (Now)

One of the most endearing characters you'll ever come across. (Book Fest Reading Guide)

Refreshing. (Carousel)

Bea is one of the most endearing characters you'll ever come across. (INIS)

A beautifully written story. (Books For Keeps)

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From the author of the outstanding Guitar Girl, and Let's Get Lost, comes a new teenage novel all about love, loss and identity.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Goodwin on 15 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
Being the grand old age of 24 I am a Sarra Manning fan from way back (I first read Diary of a Crush in J17 mag and still have the books that came as freebies with it!) and I can never resist anything that she's written. So I was very excited to read her latest teen offereing.
Always the best parts of Sarra's books are the main girl hero characters and Bea does not disapoint at all. She is a very identifiable character, how many of us at school were always longing to be part of the 'popular' croud and do what we wanted and not what our Mum's said we could? Well Bea gets to do that and realises (as we all secretly hoped) that it's not all it's cracked up to be, so she begins a big personal discovery that it's okay to be yourself and just sometimes you have to go on a big journey to discover that just being you is fine.
Another lesson from the story is that sometimes the truth is hard to take and it will change you and others in ways that you can never come back from, but it makes you a better person for it, sometimes.
Of course, along the way Bea meets one of Sarra's famous 'Toxic boys' and this one is a good one. He's not as toxic as some have been in the past - compared to some he is a saint! - he is full of suprises, good and bad, and of course along the way you will fall in love with him yourself.
The cherry on top of the Pain ou Chocolat in this book is the amazing description of Paris. I now want to visit this city more than anything and intend to use the book as my guide book as well as Bea and Toph's exploring rules!
All in all this book is another great coming of age story with a lot of romance and fun thrown in along the way - definatly recomeneded to all.
p.s. I love how Sarra manages to refrence little things from others books - it makes you feel at home nicely : )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on 23 Mar. 2010
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Warning: A slight spoiler. Just a little one.

Okay, so I've only discovered the works of Sarra Manning a couple of years ago, and OhmyGod, this woman can write! 'Nobody's Girl' was the first book I have pre-ordered since Harry Potter (and that's saying something) simply because when I heard Sarra Manning was releasing another book, I thought 'right...Amazon...' because I love her style and simply,Manning has not failed to write a book where I don't get hooked from the very first page. She knows exactly who her audience is and she writes perfectly and realistically, leaving you wanting more.

'Nobody's Girl' is a book about a young girl called Beau, who is going through the awkward motions of growing into a young woman. She's having to put up with her mothers incessant moaning, whilst feeling ordinary and boring, and longing to be in a different crowd. Until she gets invited to hang out with the school's popular team of girls lead by the 'it girl' Ruby (Y'know, a bit like the plastics from Mean Girls), aware that their underlying intentions could be the exact opposite of their big smiles and flattering 'Did anyone tell you that you look like Audrey Hepburn?' compliments. After a few weeks of parties and drinking, Beau is one of the gang and this seems finalised when they ask her to go with them to Malaga. After they get passed the hurdle of convincing Beau's mum, Beau is excited to have some holiday bliss without her mother watching over her like a hawk and being able to have a great time with her new, cool friends. When they eventually arrive at Malaga, everything goes downhill from the start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Saz on 23 Aug. 2010
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I actually get lost everytime i read one of this authors books, theres a certain mystery in all of her stories i always think i know whats going to happen but then am completely surprised by what actually happens!

I agree with one of the previous reviews, the detail the author adds in describing Paris is so dedicated and amazing that it has inspired me to want to go to Paris! The characters and the general genre of her stories I find are always a hit and I have a glow of happiness after reading them! Truly captivating!

If you're a fan of any of her books you have to read this just to complete the set, i cannot wait to read her upcoming work and i am a 22 year old!

Hope this was helpful! Unsticky and Let's Get Lost are also books of perfection!
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When I started reading this book, I really wasn't sure that I was going to like it. I was actually contemplating not carrying on with it after a while but I always like to try to finish books when they have come from the publisher so I decided to stick with it for a little longer and I am damn glad I did. It took around 100 pages for this book to really get into the swing of things and to get to the parts that really mattered, the times when Bea was on her own and ready for a big adventure.

As soon as Bea leaves the mean girls, I was so much happier. Stuck, Bea comes across a group of Americans who are heading to Paris anyway and ask if she wants to go with them instead of on her own. Bea was a lovely girl, if not a bit dull to begin with, so I was happy to finally see her come out of her shell a bit more with her newfound friends and start being the girl she wanted to be. Being older, the American characters had experienced more life and did a lot more fun things so they were great for getting Bea to do more exciting things. I really enjoyed watching Bea change from being completely shy to having a great time and getting drunk in a club and dancing the night away. I was kind of a bit proud of her for standing up for herself and setting out to do something that she really wanted, all by herself.

Bea and Toph were great characters to read about together. Due to certain circumstances, they find themselves alone in Paris and decide to make the most of it even though their friendship has been far from smooth up until this point.
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