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The Ice Cream Girls [Hardcover]

Dorothy Koomson
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18 Feb 2010

At only eighteen years of age, Poppy and Serena were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate and scrutiny, the two glamorous teens were dubbed 'The Ice Cream Girls' by the press and forced to go their separate ways and to lead very different lives.

Twenty years later, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while married mother-of-two Serena wants no one in her present to find out about her past. But some secrets will not stay buried - and if theirs is revealed, their lives will start to unravel all over again . . .

Gripping, thought-provoking and heart-warming, The Ice Cream Girls will make you wonder if you can ever truly know the people you love.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; First Edition edition (18 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847443648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847443649
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I wrote my first (unpublished) novel when I was 13 - and I've been making up stories ever since.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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 21 Feb 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good second time round 27 April 2013
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised 20 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this book as it was our Book Group choice for the month. It didn't sound like a book I would like as I thought it sounded rather frivolous. However, a few pages in and I was gripped. I loved the way the author chose to ell the story, using the different voices of the girls, and there were some deep themes of family, love, growing up, love and betrayal running throughout the story. I'm looking forward to our Book Group discussion and to see what others felt about this one. I had to sit up 'til the early hours to finish it, as I couldn't work out what the resolution could be, and was surprised by it. usually I think I work out the 'who did it' element of this genre before the end!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant story from this great writer
Another brilliant story from this great writer. The relationships between the characters are really well drawn and the storyline keeps you guessing with lots of twists and turns. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars stupid plot
I am stunned that this book has received so many rave reviews. It is totally unbelievable. There is no way a teacher would get away with seducing not one but two pupils, and be... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars I know they are pretty useless at times but come on
This book was left in a holiday rental and to be honest I am not surprised. The plot beggars belief. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ekkygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars The tension mounted....
This book had me gripped right from the start. I had no idea how it would end or what would happen. Excellent read.
Published 1 month ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good read with twists and turns.
Published 2 months ago by Valerie French
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend!
A very well written book. An enjoyable read... Dorothy Koomson is definitely not 'chicklit'!
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca O
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story
This is the second Dorothy Koomson book that I have read and it was just as good as the first. It kept me turning the pages until the end 2 days later! Brilliant storytelling. Read more
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