- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 Feb. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I3KPOSW
The Following Girls Audiobook – Unabridged
Top Customer Reviews
(spoiler alert) The author's epigraph: "The Hate had started", is taken from George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'. We learn that Amanda is studying Orwell, and Levene very loosely structures her novel around that work. Amanda is a latter-day Winston Smith, making a stand against authority - there's even a friend and co-conspirator, Julia - but will medicine and drugs bring her into line?
Very enjoyable but doesn't really seem to go anywhere, so more of a *3.5.
Baker’s mother left the family when Baker was three to ‘find herself’ and still sends appropriate and inappropriate gifts to her daughter including, amongst others, a subscription to ‘Spare Rib’. Baker struggles to fit in at school but somehow in spite of her best efforts she always seems to be in trouble and on the verge of expulsion. He father despairs of her and spends all his time sending for brochures for schools which might turn her into the sort of daughter he wants her to be.
I enjoyed reading this book and thought the characters were believable and likeable. I thought the way the friendship between the four girls waxed and waned was convincing. I also liked Pam (Spam) – Baker’s stepmother with her sherry bottle under the sink which she had no problems sharing with Baker herself at times. This book is well written and presents an interesting picture of the life of schoolgirls in the nineteen seventies. There is plenty of humour and some marvellous one-liners which made me look at certain things in life in a different way.
If you like books which fit into several genres but are also in a genre all of their own then you may enjoy Louise Levene’s writing. I received a free copy of this book for review.
The four Mandies in the same form at Mildred Fawcett School - all named Amanda, to the irritation of teachers ticking them off individually - gang up against authority in uneasy alliances. But how long can youngsters hold out? Is it smarter to subvert the system by playing by the rules, as slightly older Julia does? Everyone has a weak spot, as those in control know full well.
Though this book is immensely diverting, a St.Trinians of the Seventies, its conclusion is unnerving. Growing up entails burning out, selling out, giving up. Read it with glee but without nostalgia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Given Louise Levene’s well-known saucy wit, I was expecting to laugh and I did, revisiting my dirty days at a girls school. Read morePublished on 14 May 2014 by barnard
I cannot think that this book will appeal to the majority of senior school girls who were at school during that decade. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2014 by Mrs.Josephine Cooper
Achieves a mixture of comedy and pathos by inducing the reader to sympathise with an initially unattractive central character. Riveting.Published on 26 Mar. 2014 by Corinne Lever
The four school friends, each called Amanda, throw out sharp lines and witty retorts like there's no tomorrow in this engaging nostalgia-fest from Louise Levene. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2014 by SueKich