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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Myriad Editions (16 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956251552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956251558
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With strong characters, a cleverly constructed story and masses of period detail, this vivid evocation of life in 1985 is a fine second book from a writer who first won The Mail On Sunday Novel Competition." - Daily Mail

"Ashdown's depiction of a vulnerable teenager and the magnetic pull of a toxic friendship will have you wincing with recognition." - Glamour

"Haunting fiction." - Stylist

"Funny, insightful and often tragic. A fascinating book whose apparent simplicity masks complexity as it reveals once again the strength of Ashdown`s talent as a perceptive and engaging writer. This is a fitting second novel from the author of the acclaimed Glasshopper and will appeal to personal readers and book clubs alike." - NewBooks Magazine

"Ashdown's début novel Glasshopper was named as one of the best books of 2009, and this well-crafted follow-up doesn't disappoint." - Heat

"Isabel Ashdown's Glasshopper was one of our favourite reads of 2009, and her second novel is another mix of compelling characters and 1980s nostalgia." --Bella

"Bursting with schoolgirl preoccupations of the 1980s - Andrew Ridgeley, Ryvita and rude words on the toilet wall - this lively journey through the embarrassments of growing up is tightly entwined with a darker tale. Sarah Ribbons is now 20 years older and wiser than her teenage self and has returned home for a school reunion. But what is it that is upsetting her so profoundly?" --Sainsbury's Magazine

"Isabel Ashdown has captured every heartbeat of the uncertainty and excitement of growing up. Duplicitous friendships, awakening sexuality and the trials of school and exams are all depicted as Sarah's story unfolds." - Bookersatz

"Tied in knots. That's how my stomach felt as I devoured this book... Hurry Up and Wait definitely receives the thumbs up from me." - Editor Alex Jenkins, etc magazine

"A darkly compelling read" Easy Living

"Top 100 Customer Favourites for Kindle 2011" --Amazon

About the Author

Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up on the south coast of England. She is the author of four novels and winner of the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition. Her debut, Glasshopper, was named as one of the best books of 2009 by both the Observer and the London Evening Standard. In 2014 Isabel was Writer in Residence at the University of Brighton, where she now continues to teach on their Creative Writing MA.


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I'm not usually someone who makes time to write reviews. But every now and then I read something that truly sticks with me long after I've finished it: for all the right reasons. Hurry Up And Wait does just that. It brilliantly captures an experience of the mid 80's (without the clichés) fast-tracking me straight back to my own teens of the same period. Without doubt this feels like a real place, with real and believable people. The insights are both ordinary and amazing. The themes enormous yet mundane. This moving story gripped me from the first to last page.

The book takes place at the start of the hot summer holidays - past scenes spliced with present day perspectives make up the plot, naturally criss-crossing time. As the character switches from past to present, the tale tells of some of the journeys that we make through life. As a teenager - I would have loved this. It doesn't patronise and talks with an authentic voice. It tackles rites of passage and brings back blushingly embarrassing memories!

What I really liked about this book was the way in which the author dealt with the main character. It illustrates a point in history when the idea of strong women had become quite normal, yet the world of becoming a woman can still, at times, be terrifying. Now that I've had time to digest the enormity of what happens in this book I have an ever increasing urge to pick it and start again!

This book is a perfect read for the summer ahead and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
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The main part of this book is set in the mid-eighties, when Sarah Ribbons and her friends were young teenagers. At either end is a modern day section, the first is where Sarah and her escort arrive at a school reunion, and the last part is about what happens when they go into the school and meet their teenage friends and acquaintances, now all grown up.

The key story is Sarah's experiences of growing up in a seaside town, her relationships with her friends and their families, first boyfriend and so on, with one single major plot point around which the whole story revolves.

The reviews here are so positive, that I was perhaps expecting a bit too much from this book. I'd also just read The End of Everything which covers similar territory in such an excellent way that it was a hard act to follow.

Good things about this book are Sarah's relationship with her widowed father, which is very touching, and her dog, Ted. I liked the ending too, which leaves the two most likeable characters open to the possibility of a happy ending.

On the other hand, I found the constant eighties references a bit clunky and irritating, as if the author felt it necessary to mention every pop band, product and fashion trend of that period to make the story believable. I also found some of the teenage friendships unrealistic and unbelievable and the whole feel was a little rushed.

However it is a good read, and I recommend it and look forward to reading more books by this author.
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I started with this one thinking I was going to prefer Summer Of '76 but in the end enjoyed this one more ! Once again it's set on the south coast in the 80s this time so totally my era and my area which does make a great difference to the reading experience. So many times I was sniggering to myself at expressions and pop-culture references I remembered and some I'd forgotten like disc cameras !! They weren't around for long and I'd forgotten they existed. I've always loved photography and kicked off in the late 70s with a Polaroid Land Camera but the disc one passed my by. I progressed to a Canon Snappy instead-hehehe !!
The reference to Rock Hudson made me smile, also the Soda-Stream. Only one of our gang had one of those and we used to love going to her house to have a play. Sarah's dad saying "ruddy" made me laugh too as my dad always said that as well...fond memories....
The relationships in this with the teenaged boys and girls rings so true as well. You could be best mates one weekend but not speak to each other for a month then after a perceived slight !
I did spot some apostrophe errors again and a couple of times the word a was dropped in sentences and dyeing spelled as dying. I wondered too about Diet Coke being mentioned as I only recall that dire TAB being available during those years.
I loved the inclusion and description of Shattered Records as that shop existed and was just as the author described it and the coffee parlour they frequented also exists under a slightly different name and I spent many, many hours there making a coffee last 2 hours or more with a group of friends. We could people-watch to our heart's content in there. The funniest part for me was the doughnut incident. I actually laughed aloud at that.
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I enjoyed this novel - teen books which go back to the 80s hit the right note for me. This book is an unravelling of secrets, a turmoil of first love and the confusion caused by peaking sexuality when girls are too young to understand the power they weild. Our heroine is reluctantly attending her school reunion, and as she does so the memories of her sixteenth year bombard her, uncomfortable in their clarity. It is in the remembering and revisting of the places from her youth that she finally accepts and understands what happened to her that fateful year, and how much of it was out of her control.
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