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Nobody's Girl [Paperback]

Sarra Manning
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4 Feb 2010

Bea thinks she's the most boring seventeen-year-old in the world. She's not pretty or popular or funny, unlike her mother who had Bea when she was 17. The only glamorous thing about Bea is the French father who left before she was born and lives in Paris.

She yearns for la vie Parisienne every moment of her dull existence. So when Ruby Davies, the leader of her school's most elite clique picks Bea as her new best friend and asks her to go on holiday with them, she's wary but delighted. If nothing else it's two weeks away from her over-protective mother.

But when the gang arrive in Spain, Bea is crushed to realise that Ruby and her posse have simply been using her. Bea wreaks vengeance on her so-called friends, and plans to decamp to Paris to find her father. But when she falls asleep on the train and wakes up in Bilbao, she meets a group of American students who are backpacking around Europe and bonds with them straight away, especially the gorgeous Toph who helps heals Bea's hurting heart.

Though Bea has a shock in store when they finally get to Paris. The 'City of Lovers' really works it magic on Bea and Toph who spend a week wandering the sun-dappled streets of Paris, talking, holding hands and falling in love. When it comes time to go home to confront her Mum about her mysterious father, the new version of Bea is determined that she'll never go back to her old, boring way of life - she's no longer Nobody's Girl; she belongs to herself and to Toph...

But with an ocean between them, will he wait for her?

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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: 2.6 x 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars another Tres awesome book by Sarra Manning... 15 Feb 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarra Manning you are brilliant! 23 Aug 2010
By Saz
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars More addictive than Parisian chocolate éclairs! 23 Mar 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter's favourite book. 28 Dec 2013
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My daughter loves this book. She likes the main character, the situations and the writing. From what I've read myself flicking through, the writing is good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nobody's Girl: Review 13 Sep 2011
This was the first Sarra Manning book I have read. I've seen her books in my local bookstore for ages but they never really interested until now. I picked up Nobody's Girl becuase I liked the sound of the blurb.

The story revolves around Bea someone who is 'plain, dull and frumpy' (Even though she is into interesting movies, music and culture so she can't be that dull. Believe me, I have dull friends and Bea is, in no way, dull.). Her 'best friend' Ayesha ditched her months before and now Bea has new friends though she herself says they are dull. Suddenly ayesha comes back into Bea life and pulls Bea in with Ruby Davies' 'in crowd'. Ruby swifty becomes Bea greatest dreams but worst nightmare at the same time. Ruby can be vile but she can be sweet, she tells Bea that she has hidden depths and sometimes even gives Bea a rare 'full teeth and gum' smile. They even organise a girly holiday to Spain. It seems like Bea's life is becoming everything she wished it would be...until Ruby's true intentions become clear. Bea leaves, after issueing brilliant revenge, and ends up on a trip to Paris.

That is when her adventure really begins.

I loved this book, i read it in one sitting and cannot wait to read it again. I love the American students that Bea meets. And the romantic interest is brilliant. the ending, set one year after the events of the rest of the sotry is a brilliant touch and you can see just how far Bea has come since the start of the novel.
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