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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Export ed edition (18 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847443192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847443199
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,133,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wrote my first (unpublished) novel when I was 13 - and I've been making up stories ever since.

After finishing my masters degree, I had several temping jobs before getting my big break in journalism working on small newspaper. In the evenings I continued to write fiction and in 2001 I had the idea for The Cupid Effect. Two years later it hit the shelves and my career as a published novelist began.

In 2006 my third novel, My Best Friend's Girl, was published and was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads Book Club - going on to sell over 500,000 copies. To date I've written six bestseller list books, and they have been translated into 28 languages across the world.

I live near Brighton and am currently working on another book and a screenplay. Find out more info at

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Another moving and thought-provoking read, this lives up to expectations' Cosmopolitan ('Unputdownable is a word that's bandied around a lot, but we seriously dare you to try and prise yourself away from this one' Company)

Absolutely fantastic. From the first page you'll be desperate to know exactly what happened (The Sun)

A powerful departure from the usual frothy chick-lit, this beautifully written novel will hook you from the start' Closer ('Gripping, thought-provoking and ultimately heart-warming' She)

Incredibly gripping (**** Now)

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The fabulous new bestseller from Dorothy Koomson.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 May 2013
Format: Paperback
I'd read The Ice Cream Girls when it was first released many years ago and liked it, so when I had the opportunity to review the novel to go in line with the release of the TV adaptation, I could not wait to re-read it.

Teenagers Poppy and Serena both fall in love with an older man, Marcus, who happens to be Serena's teacher. They both fall helplessly in love with Marcus and believe that he loves them too. Then the girls meet, and Marcus continues to draw them in with sweet words, attention, and promises that he loves them. However, it soon turns nasty, and manipulative, leaving emotional and physical scars. After a tragic event, Serena and Poppy are dragged through a court case in which the media refer to them as `The Ice Cream Girls'.

Many years later, the two girls have led completely different lives. Serena is now married to her husband Evan, and has children, although she is desperate to leave the past behind her and for no one in her present to discover what happened when she was younger. Poppy hasn't been as lucky, but is determined to set the record straight...

I've said this before and I'll say it again - for me, this is my favourite novel by Dorothy Koomson and I genuinely don't think it gets as much recognition as it clearly deserves. Even though the TV adaptation is good, and the actors and actresses have done a great job with the script they have been given, the adaptation is quite different, and nowhere near as BRILLIANT as the novel is. I really hope that the TV adaptation encourages all of the people watching to go out and buy the novel, and to discover that there is a deeper story that will hook you to the pages, move you, and in some cases, possibly change your life.
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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Ice Cream Girls is one of the most cleverly crafted novels that I have read for a long time. It would be so easy to judge this book by it's cover and assume that it's going to be frothy chick-lit - don't fall for the cover - this is a psychological thriller that gripped me from page one and kept me hooked until the very last page.
The story is narrated in turns by Serena and Poppy - the 'Ice Cream Girls' of the title. Serena and Poppy were never friends but their lives have been linked together by a tragic event that happened over twenty years ago. This event shaped their lives and their futures - moulding both of them into the adults they have become.
With flash-backs to the event and alternately narrated chapters, this story twists and turns on each page. The story covers some very emotive and often horrific events, it is a novel about growing up, about falling in love and about betrayal and hate.
Poppy and Serena are two excellently written characters, both have their faults but both have been shaped by falling in love with the wrong man and it is this man that is so central to the story line.
A compelling and often breathtaking read with a unique storyline and fantastic characters - I cant recommend this highly enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 April 2013
Format: Paperback
I originally read The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson several years ago but when I saw that there was going to be a TV drama based on the book I had decided to re-read the book before watching the series.

Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were two young impressionable teenage girls who fell for the charms of an older man, supply teacher Marcus. The girls didn't know each other until they were introduced by Marcus, they both thought that they were his only girlfriend but soon find themselves being manipulated and controlled by him.

Finally both girls realise independently how damaging his influence is and want to bring an end to their abusive relationships with Marcus but instead they find themselves in the midst of drama. A crime which sees Poppy sentenced to years in prison, for which she insists she is innocent, whilst Serena is acquitted of all charges and free to get on with her life.

Years later when Poppy is released from prison she sets out to try and clear her name by tracking down Serena to get her to admit to being the real culprit. In the interim years Serena has married and is now living in Brighton with her husband Evan and two children but she's never told them anything about her past and the fact that she was one of the two 'Ice Cream Girls' as she and Poppy were dubbed by the media due to one of the photos that Marcus had staged of them. So when she discovers that Poppy has been released from prison she worries that her comfortable life will come tumbling down...

Even reading this book a second time round it's hard to read about young 16 year old vulnerable girls being drawn into such damaging relationships, it's clear to see that Dorothy must have done a lot of research into abusive relationships as it was all so believable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gracie on 21 Oct. 2013
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A very intense book, without the gaping plot holes it would have probably been a good read.

However, the courtroom case was unbelievable - A teacher sleeping with two students under the age of 16 would have been considered rape thus the girls being the victims - however in the book it is the teacher who is shown to be the victim in the courtroom as people believed that the girls "seduced" him - I'm sorry but even if the girls had tried to seduce him, he was the adult and shouldn't have been sleeping with them in the first place. Also would the hospital not have records of the times when the girls were brought in that could have been used as evidence?

Secondly, at the end of the book Poppy said that she received letters from girls who also fell victim to the mental, emotional and physical abuse from Marcus. Where were these girls at the trial? They said in their letters that if they were in Poppy's position they would have done the same thing, so why didn't they come and stick up for her?

Also, the wife had clearly caught Marcus sleeping with one of his students due to the answerphone message she left on his machine ( "find another 15 year old girls virginity to steel") - why was he allowed to continue working as a teacher? Surely she would have alerted the authorities of the incident and had him fired?

Furthermore - both Poppy and Serena had to go to hospital after being beaten up by Marcus, how did their parents not notice?

There were also annoying subplots that were never fully developed - for instance when Serena's sister got upset because she wanted a baby and that her partner wouldn't marry her - seemed pointless to include when it was never referred back to once it had been mentioned.
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