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Hopscotch & Handbags: The Truth about Being a Girl Paperback – 29 May 2008

4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (29 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755316487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755316489
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Intelligent, wonderfully written and extremely funny... a joyous book' (India Knight, Sunday Times)

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HOPSCOTCH & HANDBAGS is a riotous journey through girlhood into womanhood, covering family, friendships and first snogs, whilst not forgetting to take in all the really important stuff - like how how to negotiate the minefield of the female body and why it's never good to weep at work.

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I have not put my copy down since I received it. How could I, when reading this book is like reading about my life (except for the growing up in South London bit)? From the collecting of scented rubbers (erasers) and reading Judy Blume's Forever under cover of darkness where your mum can't find you, to the hideousness of being a spotty greasy teenage girl in a veritable sea of slender blonde nymphs, this book rings so true it's still painful. But rather than poking fun and making you feel even worse about yourself, Mangan makes it clear that she has been there- is stillthere even- and is rather like a good girlfriend who makes the best of a bad situation by finding the humour in it. I found myself having to stifle laughter when reading on public transport, in much the same way as I did when I first read Bridget Jones' Diary. I found half-forgotten memories of teenage fumbles and bad dates coming back to me. I found the accuracy of 'A Day in the Life' of a cohabiting couple was so cringingly hilarious that I had to put the book down for an hour.It really is a great read, not least because at the end of it you feel you have finally laid to rest all your girlish anxieties and are just bloody glad that you are no longer the spotty greasy awkward teenager.

Do read it. It really will make you smile.
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I love Lucy Mangan's Guardian column, so pounced on this book with enthusiasm. Perhaps it's a different Lucy Mangan? One who thinks massive over-exaggeration is a substitute for real wit? Still, the pic on the back cover is the same, so really there's no explanation I can come up with. You know that moment when your heart sinks and you think "No, I'll just read on, it'll get better?".
I did. It didn't.
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I really enjoy reading Lucy Mangan's column in the "Guardian" particularly her reviews but I must admit to being sorely disappointed by this book. Reading the other reviews I seem to be in the minority . There are some very funny parts and Lucy is certainly not shy of telling it how it is for many girls in these awkward teenage years but the comedy is over played time and time again - exaggeration is her main suit. Sometimes less is more but that is not Lucy's style. If you like your comedy delivered by the bucketload you will probably enjoy but if you prefer a more witty, wry style you probably won't.
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Great book! Give us more like this Lucy! I could relate with many areas and situations as a young-ish lady. It's nothing like I have read. The Reluctant Bride was hilarious but this was different and amazing too!
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It's witty, it's hilarious, it's embarrassing. And it's all true!

And it solves the problem of all the 30th birthday presents I need to buy! Thank you Lucy!
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At last I have found the answer to those horrible days we all have - none of my clothes fit me, I feel bloated, my roots need doing and I have no money, the flat needs cleaning but I can't muster the energy to crawl off the sofa. Curling up with this book really lifted my spirits. I laughed and laughed; it was like having my best friend pop round. It is a wonderful girlie indulgence, without being shallow and vacuous. I am going to buy this and The Shopaholics Guide to Buying Online 2008 (retail therapy without having to move!) for all my friends this Christmas. Together they are the perfect cure for the winter blues.
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Laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who knows Lucy from her Guardian writings will love this. Clearly aimed at females, had I (a male) had this info when I was in my 20s/30s perhaps I'd have had a greater success rate with these strange creatures.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I regularly read her Guardian column and feel a kindred spirit. It was very funny recalling the landmarks of growing up in the eighties: had forgotten how significant The Body Shop and Dewberry was!
I enjoyed Lucy's writing and it made me laugh out loud. I would recommend this book particularly for anyone who grew up during the 1980s as the references have a poignant resonance.
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