The Following Girls Hardcover – 13 Feb 2014
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Levene's sharply observed comedy mixes affectionate satire of the stylistic oddities of the time with an invigorating sparkle of real dislike for the petty tyrannies of parental and pedagogical authority (Evening Standard)
An acerbic and gloriously evocative portrait of Seventies girlhood ... It fizzes with cracking one-liners, acute observations and acidic social satire. It's funny, boisterous and sharp (Sunday Telegraph)
She writes with such energy and panache that I found myself screaming with laughter ... Her characters are a delight [and] she gets the period beautifully right, so that one is all the time aware of the serious intent behind all the gruesome fun (Barbara Trapido)
A clever and extremely entertaining study of teenage claustrophobia (Independent)
A chance to relive the days of double maths and ciggies behind the bike sheds (Good Housekeeping)
Simultaneously funny - wryly and sometimes bleakly so - and painful to read (Sunday Times)
An acutely observed and witty portrayal of the school exploits and growing pains of a 1970s teenager . Knowing and funny, this is St Trinian's for grown-ups ***** (The Lady)
Reflective, bittersweet and frequently funny (Metro)
For fans of An Education and My Summer of Love - a powerful and biting social satire about a girl struggling to find freedom in 1970s suburbiaSee all Product Description
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Baker’s mother left the family when Baker was three to ‘find herself’ and still sends appropriate and inappropriate gifts to her daughter including, amongst others, a subscription to ‘Spare Rib’. Baker struggles to fit in at school but somehow in spite of her best efforts she always seems to be in trouble and on the verge of expulsion. He father despairs of her and spends all his time sending for brochures for schools which might turn her into the sort of daughter he wants her to be.
I enjoyed reading this book and thought the characters were believable and likeable. I thought the way the friendship between the four girls waxed and waned was convincing. I also liked Pam (Spam) – Baker’s stepmother with her sherry bottle under the sink which she had no problems sharing with Baker herself at times. This book is well written and presents an interesting picture of the life of schoolgirls in the nineteen seventies. There is plenty of humour and some marvellous one-liners which made me look at certain things in life in a different way.
If you like books which fit into several genres but are also in a genre all of their own then you may enjoy Louise Levene’s writing. I received a free copy of this book for review.
The book is set in the 70s but, rest assured, whenever you went to school it will all come flooding back! There's not much plot to speak of but the main Amanda - Baker - has a sufficiently interesting home life to sweep the story along. This is tremendous fun and touching too. Write out 500 times: I did enjoy this book, I did enjoy this book, I did enjoy this book...
The four Mandies in the same form at Mildred Fawcett School - all named Amanda, to the irritation of teachers ticking them off individually - gang up against authority in uneasy alliances. But how long can youngsters hold out? Is it smarter to subvert the system by playing by the rules, as slightly older Julia does? Everyone has a weak spot, as those in control know full well.
Though this book is immensely diverting, a St.Trinians of the Seventies, its conclusion is unnerving. Growing up entails burning out, selling out, giving up. Read it with glee but without nostalgia.
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Given Louise Levene’s well-known saucy wit, I was expecting to laugh and I did, revisiting my dirty days at a girls school. Read morePublished on 14 May 2014 by barnard
I cannot think that this book will appeal to the majority of senior school girls who were at school during that decade. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2014 by Mrs.Josephine Cooper