Let's Get Lost (Bite) Paperback – 2 Feb 2006
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Of Let's get Lost: 'A teen book that is honest and gritty. Sarra Manning voices what other people feel.' (Lesley at Betty Bookmark)
Of Guitar Girl: ..I have two favourite books of all time. My first one is Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning. I love it - it's so inspirational to anyone whos interested in music specially rock, punk or indie sounds...I thought it was amazing.' ('Donaholic' writing for Red House Online Message Board)
'Sarra Manning has crafted that rare thing, a novel that is insightful and observant whilst remaining a truly compelling read.' (Achuka Reviews)
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And i'm really glad i gave it a chance. I wasn't sure how good it would be just from reading the back of the book, but once i was a chapter or two in i was smitten. There's a lot of twists in the story and some frustrating moments when you think it's on a high and surely it will stay there but of course there's another drama as with all teenagers! I ended up finishing it within 2 days because once i got sucked in i really couldn't put it down. The ending made me a bit sad, it's a mixture of happyness and relief but perhaps not the ending i longed for concerning the love interest that is Smith, but then i'm just a soppy romantic deep down so i suppose it's just me. Really recommend this to anyone, i found i could relate to the feelings of Isabel and it's slightly deep at the end and heartfelt in the epilogue.
Isabel is such a great character; she's flawed and she has issues. Because she was bullied when she was younger, to keep herself safe she has now become the bully, she's a right nasty cow to everyone, teachers, family, students at school alike. She doesn't like the person she pretends to be or her "friends", but she feels she has to keep it up to keep everyone at arm's length; letting anyone inside would be a disaster. Then enter Smith, an older guy who breaks through her bitchy exterior and actually makes her feel like she's more than worth the ground she stands on, and being with him slowly brings the real Isabel out, little by little.
There are so many layers to this book, to Isabel, that it's a little hard to talk about it without spoiling it. This really is a book where you have to find out what it's about as you read it. As I said, this isn't just a romance, there's so much more going on, and it's just such a really poignant book, yet with this strong sense of hope that things are going to get better. It's just really good. In some ways, it reminded me a little of Screwed by Joanna Kenrick, there are similar themes covered, if not an identical plot and ending, and like Screwed, has made it on to my favourites list.
A really awesome story that has had such an effect on me - as I'm writing this review, I'm sitting here feeling quite sad and in need of chocolate. I've been hugely impressed by Sarra's writing and I can't wait to read more of her novels. Fortunately, I have Guitar Girl on my shelf waiting to start. I really would recommend this book to everyone. Simply fantastic!
Isabel is the school's feared bully which makes you automatically hate her if you weren't shown her vulnerable side.
She was bullied in her past and learnt to survive is to be one herself. She's just lost her mother and has to deal with it in on her own- her father seems to hate her and her friends aren't really her friends. She has no-one.
Then she meets Smith. Smith is a college boy and Isabel lies to him that she's a college girl too when really she's still in school.
Isabel can be cruel to Smith but he reacts as in "why don't you get lost if you're going to be like that?" which actually changes how Isabel treats him. Their relationship was always on edge and it wasn't a lovely dovey thing which I loved.
I loved reading about Isabel's home life and her relationship with Smith.
It's a raw and real novel. All the characters have their issues and flaws which I loved reading about. A must read novel.
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