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Secrets of a Teenage Heiress (Hotel Royale) Paperback – 11 Jan 2018
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About the Author
Katy Birchall is the author of the side-splittingly funny The It Girl: Superstar Geek, The It Girl: Team Awkward and The It Girl: Don't Tell the Bridesmaid. She also worked at Country Life magazine as their Deputy Features Editor. Katy won the 24/7 Theatre Festival Award for Most Promising New Comedy Writer with her very serious play about a ninja monkey at a dinner party. Her pet labradors are the loves of her life, she is mildly obsessed with Jane Austen and one day she hopes to wake up as an elf in The Lord of the Rings. Katy lives in Brixton, London.
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At first I had some trepidation. Would the new series be as good as her first? Without Anna and her friends, and most particularly without the comedy stylings of Dog, Anna's unimaginatively-named labrador?
I needn't have worried.
Flick is a completely different character to Anna - far less clumsy and awkward (although when we meet her, she's trapped in a wardrobe because of Reasons, so she's not completely unrelated). She's also completely self-obsessed, and her only accomplishment is the Instagram account of her dachshund, Fritz (which admittedly does sound ace, and definitely something to be proud of). She lives in the luxurious Royale Hotel, where her mother is the owner, and is looking forward to the spectacular Christmas Ball when an illicit trip to a fashion show in the company of a world-famous pop star goes wrong and her mother grounds her.
The only way to get back into her mother's good books is to start taking an interest in the hotel and how it's run. But that means hanging around with nerdy Cal (who reads books on ARCHITECTURE) instead of cool vloggers, models, and pop stars.
Full of Katy Birchall's trademark silly situations, with an excellent ear for comic dialogue (which comes through best in the text conversations, much like the email threads from the It Girl books). And if you miss Dog, don't worry, because Fritz is there to fill that void.
Funny and entertaining. I'm looking forward to the next in the series!
She has all Katy Birchall's books and has read them all twice over as she enjoys them so much.
Flick lives in Hotel Royale, London’s most prestigious hotel, and where pop sensation Skylar Chase is staying. Against the odds, Flick gets the chance to hang out with Skylar and her celebrity friends, just as she gets grounded.
I was craving an easy and fun read and I knew this wouldn’t let me down. Like Katy Birchall’s It Girl series, this was funny and happy and packed full of jokes and fun friendships.
I wasn’t too keen on Flick at first. She’s a bit spoilt and entitled and bratty and some of the things she said really annoyed me, especially the way she treated some of the hotel workers: I’ve been in that kind of job and I would not have liked a girl like her! Luckily she grows throughout the book and comes to realise how much work goes into running the hotel.
Flick really came into her own at the end when she put together a special event for Skylar, organising the whole thing and using her newfound knowledge of the hotel and staff to make things run smoothly. It really showed how much she’d changed and grown.
I really liked Cal and his relationship with Flick, even if she did mistreat him a lot. He felt real, while Flick often had her head in the clouds. Grace was another wonderful character, a true friend to Flick when she needed it and just a good laugh overall. Also loved the little mentions of Anna and her family from the IT Girl series!
This was a really fun read with a lot of character growth and I’m interested to see where Flick will go next. I passed the book on to my eleven-year-old cousin, who read it in two days and loved it. This is a perfect fun read for young teens.
I wish I could visit the hotel, as it sounds amazing, and I'd love to try some of Chef's meals. I loved watching Flick get gradually more and more involved in how things run and realising how much work it really took.
Thank you to netgalley and Egmont for the chance to read this book. I'll be looking out for more in the series.
Katy Birchall is the children’s equivalent of PG Wodehouse.
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