AUTHOR =AIMEE SAID
GENRE =GROWING UP, IDENTITY, FR!IENDSHIP
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 8 – 10
All Freia wants is to fit in but it seems like this is more dificult than it should be. Her parents are a tad old fashioned, so they wear clogs and cardigans to the supermarket (!!??) and insist on referring to “The Book” for parenting advice – so short skirts, makeup and parties have to be negotiated carefully. At school, her best friend Kate seems more interested in joining the popular gang of “B”s (Belinda, Bethanee and Brianna) – a group Freia shares little in common with – so every lunchtime now becomes a battle to avoid humiliation. School used to be a success story for Freia but now she has to work hard to even get average results and she is aware just how disappointing her parents find this (as she appeared to be genius material in primary school)! To make matters worse, Freia has been roped into helping out in the school play – and has been teamed up with the new boy with the bad reputation – surely the nickname Skeletor says it all.
As Freia tries to navigate the obstacles of parents, peers and school, she has trouble determining which is the right path for her – and she learns some valuable lessons along the way – about judging others and about being true to herself.
Freia has a fresh and funny approach to her dilemmas – so there are lots of funny moments in this delightful novel by new author, Aimee Said. A book that is sure to be enjoyed by teenage girls in particular.
Highly Recommended (dma) *****