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He's After Me Paperback – 7 Jul 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034099701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340997017
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 389,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full of menace and suspense, this is a compulsive read with bags of teen appeal (Peters Gazette)

Cannot fail to grip ... A nail-biting page turner (The Cornishman)

Will keep you gripped from start to finish (Western Morning News)

'This is another great novel by Chris Higgins ... The story moves at a fast pace and is full of drama that always keeps you turning the pages.' (Chicklish)

A novel affording considerable insight (School Librarian)

A novel affording considerable insight into the maelstrom of adolescent infatuation and its accompanying traumas. (School Librarian)

'This story captured my interest from the beginning and I was thrilled that it got better and better as I read. The author packs a great deal into this average-length teen book and every page had me wanting a little bit more. The characters in the story are superb: well fleshed out, with authentic voices for their age (and nationality).' (The Book Bag)

PRAISE FOR CHRIS HIGGINS:
'Chris Higgins gives her loyal audience another tremendously enjoyable read in Love Ya Babe. She has a light touch and an easy style that absorbs you right from the very start.'

(The Bookbag)

'This a funny, interesting, heart-warming story.' (Chicklish)

'... exciting and engaging and its a hard one to put down when youve started.' (The Bookbag)

A thundering good read (The Cornishman)

A touching tale of romance, friendship & family (Publishing News)

A poignant novel... A moving, honest & most of all positive story about friendship, family & trust. Will make you laugh and cry. (Shop! Scotland)

A touching debut (First News)

'Another authentic drama for young teens.' (The Bookseller)

cannot fail to grip... a nail-biting page-turner. (Cornishman)

Full of menace and suspense, this is a compulsive read with bags of teen appeal. (Peters Gazette)

Will keep you gripped from start to finish. (Western Morning Series)

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Not every love story has a happy ending. A gripping teen drama.

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I was hooked from the start. The moment Jem and Anna meet at the start of the book I knew I wasn't going to put it down.

You begin to enter the world of Anna, like any normal teenage girl, just with some family issues going on. But when Anna meets Jem, he becomes her way out of reality and life. She becomes lost and infatuated with the mysterious Jem and we as the reader do too. It's hard not to, a dark handsome mystery guy and any girl is sure to swoon. And Anna does.

We witness a whirlwind romance of first love which is beautifully written, making you feel that the world that Anna and Jem have created with their love is what can get them by. Reality is a sure fire way to kick this in the teeth though and we feel the shock ourselves when we read it. When everything comes crashing down on Anna and she starts to see Jem in a different light we would be forgiven for thinking that she has come to her senses about him.

But with all kinds of first love, they are hard to give up. It is clear though that Jems influence on Anna is more deep seated than simple love and we see Jem finally, and somewhat, sadly for who he really is.

The ending, is powerful and intense and you will be left looking at the page, asking if it all really happened and ended that way, long after you have read the final words.

One of the most true to life books about young love I have read, bittersweet in both its reality and power, it really is one not to be missed.

Cassandra220689
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That was amazing. I was holding my breath at every chapter, if you like to read long reviews, here's one. This book is amazing and shows the way love at first sight can change what you think of people. I have read the day I met suzie and that is a story of manipulation and terrorism. This book is an inspirational read for 14+, although I am eleven, but it is a bit scary and explains tangled relationships. Chris Higgins has written two of my favourite books ever an I would definitely recommend it to people. I really hope a new one is published soon. Thank you Chris Higgins.
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This is a love story unlike any I've read before. From the front cover and title you would think this is just a love story. Like so many others. Wow! Was I surprised? I must admit I loved this! It was very different than what I expected. I started reading this with the idea it was a feel good love story!

This is very fast paced which I loved. I read it in about 5 hours and couldn't put it down. I would definitely recommend.

Anna is lovely and so naive. Jem is the man of her dreams... at first.

I love the way this book is written with little insights of Jem every few chapters. The ending is absolutely exploding!

I would definitely recommend and give this 8 out of 10!
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To be honest i am not to sure what to say, I found the story boring, maybe i am just to old............ This book is most probably aimed at the younger aged reader say 15 to 18yr old
I am even struggling to do a review...... sorry
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I like a book that grabs your interest from the first page and this does just that.

Anna is a teenage girl with some family issues and then meets Jem who is her escape but she becomes obsessed with him, gets behind with her studies and we have a romance on our hands (from the text "and so love's arrow finds its target. And she seemed such a sensible girl too, not the kind to lose her head over some bloke. That's love for you"). When reality kicks in, we and Anna are taken by complete surprise as we start to see Jem for what he really is. He always seems to be there, how's that?

I couldn't put this book down and was sorry when I'd finished it. It left me thinking WOW I didn't expect that! The chapters are just the right length especially if you're on a short journey or lunch break.

I will certainly look out for further books by Chris Higgins.
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By TogekissWings VINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2012
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Nicely paced, tense little book that I devoured in two sittings. Although I usually loathe present-tense stories I fell into this one like Alice down the rabbit hole and didn't even notice after a while.

After shaking my head at dismay at the awful 'romances' released these days, marketed at teen girls and featuring condescending, controlling, stalkerish, bipolar love interests who we are supposed to swoon over rather than wanting to file restraining orders, it's really refreshing to read this captivating little warning tale of a girl who gets mixed up with a mysterious stranger, only to have him draw her away from her friends and family and slowly poison her life. Please can this be recommended reading for all Twi-hards?

The story is tight, the characters likeable (even if you do want to slap the main character every so often for being so darn naive) and well developed, and the twist at the end which will shock many readers was greatly appreciated by this one. There's no particular beauty in this book - no Nabokovian language so luxuriant you'll find yourself doubling back just to read it again - but it was gripping enough to hold me spellbound as the girl is drawn deeper and deeper towards self-destruction with this clearly dangerous man, and did have that rare feel of actually being written by a teenager, instead of a middle aged mother trying to sound like one.

Recommended if you like your YA reads quick, thrilling, and realistic rather than happy-ever-after.
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