Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Review: Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: July 3rd, 2014
Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside. When national dance competition Starwars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up. It's just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris. Bea will fight back! But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl's boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands.
Flirty Dancing is the first book in what I'm guessing will turn out to be a series. It's aimed at teenagers and is the perfect read for anyone who likes Cathy Hopkins' Million Dollar Mates series. I really enjoyed it and hope there's more to come - it's brilliant!
Bea is in year 9, a bit shy and not too good at standing up to Pearl, her old friend who constantly torments her. All that changes when she enters a dancing competition, meets Ollie the boy of her dreams and realises that sometimes you just have to stand up for what you believe in. There are several instances of this where all I wanted to do was jump inside the book and give Bea a high five. She's exactly the kind of girl I would be friends with!
Bea and her whole family are lovely to read about. From her hilarious little sister Emma to her down-with-it nan, Bea's life is kooky and fun, the furthest from boring you could imagine. Her family is close-knit, always supporting each other and being there for one another. They reminded me of my own family, though maybe not as mad. Their antics had me laughing out loud once or twice, and the bluntness of the writing immediately made me a fan. Anyone who uses sarcasm and dry humour is my kind of author!
Flirty Dancing is a great read, so well suited to its target audience that it should easily fly off the shelves. It has a bit of everything: romance, humour, family drama, teen angst and a school clique to rival the one in Mean Girls. In fact, Mean Girls meets Flashdance meets Girls in Love is the way I'll be describing this book from now on. It's a mixture of all three, perfectly capturing those pesky adolescent years that, at the time, seem to be the most important years of our lives.