Friday, 23 August 2013
Review: Undeniable by Liz Bankes
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Released: August 1st, 2013
Gabi is so excited she's spending the summer working as a runner on her favourite TV show. It's a dream come true! Plus it's perfect for for distracting her from The Break-Up especially with all those gorgeous actors around. And then there's Spencer Black: student, extra, expert flirt. Everything with him is fun, intoxicating and uncertain. Things between them are hotting up when he lands a minor role on the show. So is it make or break for them? Is Spencer undeniably the one for Gabi?
Undeniable is a great read and is, if possible, miles better than Liz's first book Irresistible. It's hot and addictive and I wish we had more British fiction like this. I think it's been labelled as New Adult, but I'm not sure I'd put it into that category myself. Aside from a couple of steamy scenes and a seventeen-year-old protagonist, there's not much new or adult going here. Whatever labels you want to give it, there's no denying that it's a fantastic teen read that I'm sure will fly off the shelves.
Gabi moves to London for a summer internship as a runner on a popular teen TV show (great setting!), The Halls, about a group of students. She's getting over a break up and doesn't intend to even look at the opposite sex, until she meets the delightful Spencer. His curly hair and slightly bad boy attitude hooks her and slowly she's drawn into his world. Honestly, reading this is like watching a 90's teen film with your friends. Fun!
I liked all the characters in this book, especially Gabi. I initially thought she could be irritating, but she's not. Instead she's funny and clumsy, kind of like an older version of Georgia Nicolson, and comes out with some hilarious one-liners. She's a little naive when it comes to new boys and knowing what she (and he!) wants, but I think that's understandable at her age. Spencer was my next favourite and, although I don't necessarily think he's right for Gabi, he isn't your typical wannabe actor boy. He also has a great sense of humour and is caring and kind, though his only downfall is that he's blinded by the impending glitz and glam that accompanies young stars of a TV show.
There are lots of other characters too, all well-rounded and realistic. Gabi's friends, Mia, Rosie and Nish are especially well realised and, if you've read Irresistible, you'll already be familiar with Mia. Gabi's Grandma also features in Undeniable, and she's a kooky, cool lady who's dealing with her own life obstacles. Gabi's story unfolds throughout the whole of this book, mostly through conversations with her friends and an excellent use of flashbacks. I felt sorry for her at times, but I could also see that she made the right decision, regardless of the fallout.
Undeniable is an intelligent, quick read that is perfect for teenagers (age 15+, as the back cover says). Once I started reading I couldn't put it down and, even now, I'm still craving more. I hope Liz Bankes and her books get the recognition they deserve, as she really is an author to watch when it comes to British YA fiction. I'm eagerly awaiting her next book, and I hope it's as good as this one!