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4.0 out of 5 stars A working holiday, 26 July 2008
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This review is from: School's Out: You Don't Know Who Your Friends Are Until You Go On Holiday With Them (Paperback)
I read this author's 'The Playground Mafia' and 'The Battle for Big School' and found them very good, so I was looking forward to this one. I don't feel it quite lived up to the previous two, though it was still good holiday reading. Amanda is going to stay with her friend Skyler who is running a bead and breakfast establishment in Cornwall. On the spur of the moment she suggests that Suzanne joins her because her holiday plans have fallen though. Very quickly she wonders if it was a good idea when Suzanne doesn't pull her weight in their partly self-catering cottage. Amanda's three children and Suzanne's son Orlando get on well together, but their mothers less so. Both Suzanne and Amanda have worries they are trying to escape from and their husbands are too tied up with work to join them on the family holiday. What happens when Amanda and Suzanne end up running the b&b makes amusing reading. The characters were well drawn and believable especially the high maintenance Suzanne, but I found the almost journalistic style a bit flat for a novel. It was appropriate I suppose because Amanda had been a travel writer before her children took up all her time. I think the last third of the book was better and more assured than the beginning. On the whole though it was good entertaining reading though not quite up to the standard of the previous two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Summer Read!, 6 July 2009
This review is from: School's Out: You Don't Know Who Your Friends Are Until You Go On Holiday With Them (Paperback)
This is honestly one of the loveliest books I've read this year! It is an ideal accompaniment to a summer holiday, but could be enjoyed at any time of year to give that taste of summer! Sarah Tucker writes in a very easy style, making it a book you get into very quickly. Her central characters are so well written and most mums with young kids would be able to relate to how she feels and the pressures and strains of having a young family and losing your own identity in the process. Amanda and Skyler are characters you love straight off, and even the snobby, materialistic and egocentric Suzanne is someone you warm to in the end! I could just imagine Amanda's nightmare car journey with 3 kids and a car-sick retriever in tow, the hotel, days on the beach and lovely, long summer evenings! I read the book in only 3 days, and was genuinely sorry for it to end. I laughed out loud at some of the antics and felt genuinely emotional at other times. All round a really fabulous, enjoyable and believable book - I would highly recommend it and look forward to reading Sarah's new book which I've already ordered. Well done Sarah! Long may you continue to write such brilliant books!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice read, 24 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: School's Out: You Don't Know Who Your Friends Are Until You Go On Holiday With Them (Paperback)
I recently bought this book and thought it was a nice concept of holidaying with friends and reading about all of the dilemmas and problems they may face. As soon as I started reading I was hooked! The storyline was strong and made me want to read on although towards the end I found the main character really irritating, especially in the chapter where Amanda is arguing with her husband on top of a cliff. I felt my eyes roll a few times but nonetheless it was a nice read and passed the time nicely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book, 11 Feb. 2011
This review is from: School's Out: You Don't Know Who Your Friends Are Until You Go On Holiday With Them (Paperback)
Never read anything else by this author but needed a book for the beach and this looked interesting, couldn't put it down great read, laughed and cried, told friends and family about it and they also loved it. If you have ever shared a holiday house with friends you will get this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it, 27 Aug. 2013
This review is from: School's Out: You Don't Know Who Your Friends Are Until You Go On Holiday With Them (Paperback)
A great summer read, perfectly described the excitement, the grind, the cooking, the beach trips, the vast quantities of wine drunk, picnics, illicit crushes....everything that is a summer holiday with kids...and other parents
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