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The School Gates Paperback – 3 Sep 2012
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About the Author
Nicola May is a bestselling author of 8 successful romantic comedy novels. Her quirky sense of humour and ability to deal with real life issues in a comedic way has won her a steady fan base worldwide. Her books, The School Gates and Christmas Evie won awards for Best Author Read at The Festival of Romance in 2012 and 2014 respectively and Let Love Win was nominated in 2013. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I like that kind of novel just to pass
The setting of the school was also completely realistic, based on a real school that made me quite jealous, it sounded so lovely. I'm not normally a massive fan of novels that aren't set in big cities, but I found this setting really easy to picture as the community as a whole was described really well. Once I had been hooked in by the initial character introductions, the novel carried on being a total page turner! The characters' stories were relatable but there were so many twists and turns I found myself gasping out loud! I laughed at parts, especially some of the school commits parts that I could totally recognise, but I shed a few tears too. Parts of every day life are dealt with that might make the reader uncomfortable, but they do happen every day to people like this and so I completely understand them being included in the book!
This was a fabulous,y easy read that has a bit of everything in, a bit like a really meaty soap opera with a bit of extra feeling behind it. I would love to find out what happens next to some of the characters as they move on, perhaps the teacher featured in the book could have a story of his own to tell? Whether you experience The School Gates on a daily basis or not, I think you will find something to enjoy within the pages of this book!
Very much along the same lines as Sophie Kings The School Run -which I discovered in the same way - it is about a group of characters who have children of similar ages all attending the same school. Having likened it to Sophie Kings book for the premise behind the idea, that is where the similarity ends and the characters are very different.
There is Gordy, one half of a same sex couple who has guardianship of his late sister's twins. Joan is a real earth mother with worries about her health and her marriage which lead her to act out of character. Alana a career driven, single mother is hiding a secret from a work colleague and Mo who suffers abuse at the hands of her alcoholic husband. Dana is the stereotypical ex au pair who bagged the family's husband and is finding that the grass is not always greener on the other side and Emily is the bitch we all love to hate who on the surface has it all but beneath the polished veneer th cracks go very deep.
There is no central story running through this book as there is in The School Run but the stories and characters are all interlinked.
If I have any criticism about this book it would be that the characters stories are not clearly separated by a new chapter, paragraph break or sometimes even a paragraph indent. Sometimes it is merely the next sentence which indicates you have moved on to a different storyline and can be mildly confusing. Secondly the plot is sometimes over simplified or rushed in order to reach a conclusion.
Having said this it is a really good read and I shall certainly be reading more from Nicola May.
I had a feeling that I would easily be able to relate to this story because I seem to spend half my life stood at the school gates myself! I was right but not in the way that I had expected - there was something from each family that made me nod my head in recognition of my own life. I also found myself comparing characters to the parents from our school and now I have to try to keep a straight face whenever I see them in the playground .
Meeting each of the families at the beginning was enjoyable and because it had been written in a comfortable way I felt like I was part of it all too. I have to admit that it was difficult to read about Mo's abusive husband but it was certainly necessary to gain the full picture of the character and her surroundings. Once the introductions had been made, the rest of the book was broken up into school terms, I really liked this because it was so real to life (my whole world revolves around school terms) and made it more familiar for me.
In my opinion the whole book really captured the essence of family life, I felt like I had been on an emotional rollercoaster ride - one minute I was smiling and laughing and the next I was feeling desperately sad. There were twists and turns aplenty, a few of which had me gasping out loud in shock!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first book I have read by this author, and at the beginning there was so many characters to remember I very nearly didn't carry on, but the way they were all brought... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. N. Lee
I quite enjoyed this in spite of the collection of stereotypes, too many accidental pregnancies and poor formating on the Kindle app. But I really didn't understand the ending. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was just awful. There were too many characters all shallow and stereotypical. The main character is so dreadful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by sugarmouse
Great story, made me laugh a lot. I don't normally like to read novels that chop & change through a page but it kept the story alive. Really worth a read.Published 9 months ago by Paul
If you have ever picked up kids from school you will enjoy thisPublished 13 months ago by Paul craftstreet
I really enjoyed this book, I didn't want to put it down. I was keen to see how it all panned out.Published 14 months ago by John B
Didnt exceptionally like any of the characters. The writing is a mess and the Italian is appalling, the story line is a bit of a cliche and I did not understand how it ended. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ROXANNE MUSCAT
Nice easy and fun read. Lots of different characters to get to know. And to keep you interested.Published 15 months ago by lisa parker