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Play Room (VMC) [Paperback]

Olivia Manning
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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (12 July 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860683621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860683629
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,230,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars First read this when I was 15 ish 13 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
And found it again last week. A stunning, insightful book. If ever you wanted to be inside the head of a teenage girl, try this first. Ever so slightly dated, no mobile's, msn, chat rooms or texts etc
Weaves through the pull of peers vs parents, being accepted and why being the most beautiful/rich girl in the class doesn't always get one the greatest rewards. Also touches on sibling rivalry, being the less favoured child, the dawnings of sexuality and just how very gross adults can be. A great story beautifully told.
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing compared to her other work 25 Nov 2008
By Margaret Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
_The Play Room_ takes place in the 1960s, in a small British seaside town, where teenage Laura longs to grow up and move to London someday. She also longs to be friends with beautiful Vicky Logan, whom Laura worships. But just when something happens to pull Laura and Vicky together and it seems Laura's dreams might come true, Vicky is drawn into an affair with a rough factory worker.

I read this on the strength of Manning's excellent _Balkan Trilogy_ and _Levant Trilogy_, and I was rather disappointed. I occasionally felt some sympathy for Laura, whose life is constricted by her looks, her small town, and her unsympathetic mother, but none of the other characters came alive for me. Perhaps the book's short length (under 200 pages) contributed to this feeling; the characters and situations generally felt underdeveloped.
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