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A great read with unexpected depths
on 12 July 2010
I have just finished reading this wonderful book. Its the second Cathy Hopkins I've read (Dead Dudes being the first) and its most definitely not going to be the last.
From the opening, when I was introduced to Jess and her family just after the loss of her mother, I was taken into a deeper world than I was expecting. Deeper in that the emotions were very real and raw, I think I was expecting a few hours in the company of spoilt girls (like myself) obsessed with shopping, shoes and sniping. Where what you wear and where you live define who you are as a person, as the rest of the world seems to expect. Respect comes with money and status.
Not in Cathys world. What I discovered was a story that drew me in as Jess is torn from her mum, her home and then her nans to a strange and not entirely sympathetic world of shallow excess and hidden unhappiness.
It taught me a lot. I was a little shocked when the secret of her mums funeral was revealed. I cried a little for Jess as that was so real and insightful.
I read the book in one day, I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for Paparatzi Princess to come out. I hope she ends up with (SPOILERS FOLLOW)
JJ. Even though he is rich he is kinder than Tom, I also like Harry (Henry? oops) the boy next door. If she went out with JJ it might be difficult, she has no money for smart clothes or going out and she would not like it if he paid for everything. Sooo exciting.
I hope we find out how Charlie is coping with his mums death in the next book. And I do want Jess's dad to meet someone nice. Pia's mum or anyone working at the apartments. She has already given us some hints that he might. No one can replace her mum, but Jess would like her dad to be happy again.
I think this is a very good book, a mix of happy and sad, serious and silly. Like life. It touched my heart and I'm sure it will touch many others and help girls who share similar secrets to Pia's.