Friday, 28 May 2010
Review: Secrets at St Jude's - Rebel Girl by Carmen Reid
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Released: May 27th, 2010
Grade rating: B+/A-
At St Jude's School for Girls, four friends are facing very different problems ...Can Gina still be happy with her boyfriend when there's such an exciting new guy on the scene? How will Amy survive when her rich dad's money disappears? What can tomboy Niffy do to make herself gorgeous? And why is Min spending so much time in the study and missing all the fun? Sounds like all the St Jude's friends need to get in touch with their inner Rebel Girl!
Rebel Girl is my favourite St Jude's book so far. It was brilliant! Things were really shaken up for Gina, Niffy, Amy, and Min, and I honestly couldn't put this one down. Carmen Reid gets better with each book, which I think is quite unusual. From past experience, earlier books in a series tend to be the strongest, but not this time!
Each girl had a very strong story in Rebel Girl, ranging from a new boy raising relationship doubts to the loss of a much loved family business. It might all sound quite serious, but that's where Niffy came in with her hilarious practical jokes on housemistress the Neb. There is nothing more genius than a toilet screamer, which I won't explain more as I don't want to spoil the joke!
There was some great relationship drama for Gina, which is exactly what she needed. Maybe she'll be more appreciative of Dermot now, and vice versa. It was all typical teenage romance stuff, and it was fantastic. Definitely teen chick-lit at its best.
Thanks for another great book, Carmen. St Jude's is one of the strongest teen series to come out of the UK, and it deserves a lot more credit than it gets. I hope the wait for the next one won't be too long!