From Amazon: Gina's mother is fed up with her staying out late, spending too much money on clothes and too much time IM-ing her friends. But her solution to sort out her wayward LA It girl is pretty drastic - she's sending Gina to Scotland to go to the same boarding school she attended. Suddenly taken from a world of mobile phones, designer clothes and sophisticated boys, Gina is forced to find her way through games of hockey, communal meals and showers, horrible public schoolboys and stuffy housemistresses. Will she ever survive?
If you're a fan of Louise Rennison, Liz Rettig or Luisa Plaja, I honestly think you'll love this book! It's the first in a series by adult author Carmen Reid, and is yet another brilliant teen read from Random House Children's Books.
St Jude's is reminiscent of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers series, and is full of larger than life characters cooking up trouble and getting up to no good. I love seeing characters forced into new environments, and that's exactly what happens to Gina when she leaves the US for a UK boarding school. Like most people, she eventually adapts, and finds herself with a group of friends for life.
Niffy, Amy and Min are the friends in question, and are a great quirky mix of personalities. Each has their fair share of embarrassing moments, and these usually occur when they're in the company of their ideal boys. Speaking of boys, Reid has created some down to earth, genuinely realistic male characters, all of which act as teenagers should. From sleazy to sweet, every type of boy is present, and all have their sights set on the St Jude's girls.
If you want a light, humorous read, I'd highly recommend this series. I can't wait for the sequel, Jealous Girl, which is due for release in early July. I'm looking forward to seeing which tricky situations the girls will get themselves into next!