Some girls are born to be bad...Isabel is one of them. Her friends are terrified of her, her teachers can't get through to her...her family doesn't understand her. And that's just the way she likes it. See, when no one can get near you, no one will know what keeps you awake at night, what you're afraid of, what has broken your heart...But then Isabel meets the enigmatic Smith, who can see right through her act. Bit by bit he chips away at her armour, and though she fights hard to keep hold of her cool, and her secrets, Isabel's falling for him, and coming apart at the seams when she does...A poignant, sometimes dark, and utterly heart-breaking novel, told with all the author's trademark wit and sharp observation...
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(197mm x 130mm x 23mm)
Hodder Children's Books
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
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Isabel, a 16-year-old British teen, passes herself off as 18 to hook up with an older boy, embarks on alcohol binges, bullies classmates, is rude and is oh-so-bored-with-it-all-but she is covering up deep emotional pain. The problem is readers are not clued in to her past until the last 20 pages. Until the cause of the pain is revealed, Isabel comes across as an unreasonably angry shrew. She crushes on Smith, the older guy with whom she loses her virginity, and then emotionally slams him. Unwilling to broadcast the sexual relationship, or end it, Isabel deceives her father and friends and sneaks off to passionate weekends in Smith's arms. Manning provides an all-access portrait of a hurting and at-risk girl, causing the work to read a bit long. That said, this title will please fans of teen titles featuring bold and layered female characters such as Joyce Carol Oates's Big Mouth and Ugly Girl (2002) or Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (May 2006), co-authored by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Sarra Manning
Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five years working on the legendary but now sadly defunct UK teen mag, J17, first as a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined the launch team of teen fashion bible Ellegirl UK, which she later went on to edit and has consulted on a wide range of other youth titles including Bliss, The Face and More. Sarra was most recently editor of BBC's What To Wear magazine. She's now advises a number of UK magazine publishers as well as writing features and a monthly column for ELLE UK and is a regular contributor to Grazia and Red magazines. Sarra has also contributed to The Guardian, ES Magazine, Seventeen, Details and Heat and wrote the Shop Bitch column for Time Out London. Sarra lives in North London with her devoted dog, Dino, the mongrel she saved from an untimely death. http://sarramanning.blogspot.com