November 2016, Barrington Stoke, 80 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Content: teen drama, humour
Summary from Barrington Stoke
Spencer is disgusted at the idea of being a teenager. He’s not interested in girls, skateboards or huge trainers – he’ll be an (un)teenager instead!
Spencer’s back, and the (un)teenager plan has been derailed a bit by the fact he kissed Emily at the disco. What to do now?
Despite the male protagonist (I prefer females as they are easier for me to relate to) I loved these diaries of being 13 and entering the teenage world. That plus I adore Barrington Stoke stories, as well as Pete's work too. Spencer seems as normal as any teen can be, struggling with new situations that teens can encounter, desperate to stick to a plan to avoid being a teenager. Obviously that doesn't work perfectly, and there's much humour in all the mishaps and understandings.
I think it would be hard to find a reader who can't relate to even a tiny bit of Spencer's story, which covers so much despite it being a short novel, so it's a book for everyone who is going or has gone through the teenage years.
Find out more on Pete's website.