August 2014, MacMillan Children's, books, 224 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Content: some humour,
Summary from Pan Macmillan
Jelly (who is wobbly only when she runs and when Roger Lovely is in the vicinity) and her dorky best friends Ruby and Myf are going to secondary school. They know it's time to be cool and stop playing with dolls in their secret club - the trouble is, none of them is cool at all.
Jelly's mum and stepdad are like chalk (a bit screechy) and cheese (a bit smelly) and her brother accuses her of showing off even when she's not doing anything at all. They're not helping the cool situation either, until Jelly's mum suggests a birthday party . . .
I think the people at the registry office must have been amused by Jelly's parents' choice of name. She certainly is at a crucial time in her life, and like so many other young people is embarrassed by her family and feels misunderstood. It's an amusing tale, with some moments where I felt sorry for Jelly and wished situations could be different, or that she didn't have to go through her struggles at all.
However, Jelly learns that going through awkward scenarios does eventually make a person stronger, even if it doesn't seem that way at the time. Jelly's friends stand by her, helping to her navigate the complexities of secondary school life. There isn't anything specific that I didn't like, it just wasn't quite a top grade book for me.