From Amazon: My name is Lottie Biggs and in three weeks time, I will be fifteen years old. My current hair colour is Melody Deep Plum which is not as nice as Melody Forest Flame but definitely better than the dodgy custard color I tried last week... And this is my book - it's about important things like boys and shoes and polo-neck knickers and rescuing giraffes and not fancying Gareth Stingecombe (even though he has manly thighs) and hanging-out with your best friend having a blatantly funny time. It is definitely not about sitting in wardrobes or having a mental disturbance of any kind!
I expected Lottie Biggs to be light, funny and written in a similar style to Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series. What I didn't expect was for it to explore some serious topics that are often overlooked.
The humour and characters were my favourite aspects of the book, and I especially liked Lottie's best friend Goose. There was an eclectic mix of strange, quirky personalities, and each one brought something important to Lottie's story. Lottie herself was a typical teenager: mad about boys, looks and social status. I liked the realism that Hayley Long included, and think that, for the most part, she got the teen voice just right.
I liked the use of drawings, diagrams and footnotes, as they made Lottie easier to identify with. It was also a great way to get to know her, and to find out how her mind worked. Some of the drawings were hilarious, and had me in stitches. I hope this style of writing makes a reappearance in the sequel next year! My problem with Lottie Biggs was the sudden and unexpected change in tone. One minute it was a lighthearted, comical look at a girl's life, and the next it was delving into the topic of mental health. I personally wasn't fond of the sudden plot change, though I do see the reasoning behind it, and think it was a brave move to make.
Overall, I enjoyed Lottie Biggs, and I will definitely be reading the sequel. If you like your teen comedy with a more serious side, then this would be the ideal book to read!