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on 1 August 2011
I remember reading this when it first came out meaning I would have been aged 13 (roughly) and really enjoying it. I found the book when clearing out my room and decided to re-read it since I had completely forgotten the plot and characters and, as a more mature reader, I was disappointed to see what a shallow, one divisional and poorly written novel it was.
My biggest gripe with this was the weak way in which it was written. I'm not just referring to the lack of description here (which, undoubtedly, left the book feeling jaunted and dull) but also the rogue question marks on the end of things that weren't questions! In fact it read as though it should be a basic children's book and I was utterly shocked (if not insulted) that this has been printed and labelled a best seller! Do editors not read through these things anymore? I'm aware that Katie openly admits to not writing her own novels (the term author is evidently used extremely loosely these days) so it baffles me that she didn't even have the intellect to select somebody with a respectable literal ability.
However, parts of the book were bearable and I though the storyline had some `chick- lit' potential. It was fast moving and had a fair few dramatic disasters (albeit they were unbelievable) which wins it the extra star.