My Summer on the Shelf (Miss Understanding) Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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(Of Miss Understanding: My Year in Agony) - 'I found it highly addictive and a very enjoyable read. Now I just have to be patient until the sequel comes out next year!' (The Bookbag)
Combines wit and humour ... Aimed at teenage girls, I think this book is perfect (Hack Writers)
'The complex nature of teenage relationships is well crafted in the narrative...you might want to keep your eye open for more in the series.' (hack writers)
Miss Understanding is back! She's been promoted from school agony aunt to London publishing house summer intern, but instead of offering advice to everyone else, this time the problems are all her own!See all Product description
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In My Summer on the Shelf, Anya moves to Docklands to start her summer job at a London publishing house, but she soon finds that it's not exactly glitz and glamour. Her colleague Katie gets on her nerves, and Casper, the teenage author she's looking after, is five years late with his next novel and keeps coming up with ridiculous story ideas. Meanwhile, her boyfriend is away in South America and he's gone quiet. It's just as well Anya has the sophisticated Seth, who should be out of her league but does seem interested in her. The Boy is still vaguely in the background, too, being his charming commitment-phobe self, and Casper is pretty intriguing... Anya's 'summer on the shelf' is shaping up to be anything but dull, and she shares most of it with readers of her blog.
The way this book is written makes it immediately engaging. Just like in the first book, Anya's story is told in the form of blog posts and emails. We also get to see messages to Anya from a few of the other characters - most notably Casper, whose emails are wonderfully eccentric. The comments on Anya's blog aren't shown at the end of her posts, but she often brings them up later, so fans of the first book can hear more about the antics of Guy duLauncey, Fat Gareth, Kayleigh and the gang. These contributions are especially funny when replying to one of Anya's challenges, such as listing "Stupid Things I Did Because I Was Bored", or making inspired suggestions for Casper's second novel. Anya's sarcastic responses to her readers' comments are fun to read.
My absolute favourite thing about this book was Anya's take on office life. Anyone who has ever worked in an office will identify with Anya's frustrations, and this is especially the case for anyone who has ever done work experience or been the youngest, most junior member of staff. Anya's observations about everything are generally hilarious, and the situations she gets into with her family and friends are always entertaining, too. I quickly got to know and like all the characters. I don't think it's necessary to read the first book before this one, as this story is complete in itself. There are small references to events from the previous book, but they're always fully explained. Reading this book will probably make you want to go back and read all about Anya's 'year in agony', though, and I definitely recommend it.
Witty, original and perfect for anyone who enjoys being shown the funny side of everyday life.