Friday, 16 March 2012

Sweet Hearts: Strictly Friends? by Jo Cotterill (Children's, 9 years +)

Strictly Friends? book cover
(For some reason it's tricky to get the latest edition's cover, hence the slanted look taken from the Sweet Hearts site)
September 2010, Red Fox
280 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: dancing, common ground, being ignored, risky and thrilling hobbies, figuring out your own mistakes, firm bonds of true friendship, making the best of a not so perfect situation, room decorating, funny little brother, evil girls, mild teen romance, tissues needed

Summary from Random House Children's Books

Megan can't believe she's had to move 200 miles away from her home. What about her school and her friends? Not to mention her dancing and her dancing partner, Jake, who has been her best friend since for ever.

In an attempt to make herself feel better Megan joins a salsa class and things start to look up. She meets new friends, and even a new exciting boy. But will she listen to the warnings about him . . . ?

Nayuleska's thoughts

I have now read all the books in this series, bar the next one. Like the others it explores issues of friendship and life in a sensitive and clever way. I was rooting for Meghan, even when it was obvious she was making a mistake. She's a stronger person by the end of this 10/10 read.

You can find out more on Jo's website

Suggested read
The first book I read was book 3, Forget Me Not.

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