Friday, 13 March 2015

Review: Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco by Ruth Fitzgerald

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: February 3rd, 2015
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

Emily Sparkes thinks having your best friend move to Wales at the same time as your parents decide to have a new baby is probably more trauma than anyone should have to cope with. But things go from bad to worse when she's paired with revolting Gross-Out Gavin for the school trip! Emily is determined to escape him, and when glamorous new girl Chloe Clarke turns up it seems her prayers might be answered. Unfortunately, everyone has gone Chloe Clarke mad and Emily finds her 'sworn enemy' Zuzanna has had the same idea. Getting and keeping Chloe as a friend proves a lot more troublesome than Emily anticipated and leads her into a whole new set of disasters . . .


Fans of Dork Diaries and the Keep the Faith series will find lots to love about Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco. It's funny, a bit daft and charmingly down to earth, with a new leading lady set to take teenage girls by storm. I really enjoyed it and am already eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!

Emily Sparkes is dealing with a lot in her young life. Her best friend has moved to Wales, her mum is having another baby, and she gets stuck with the worst boy in her class. Honestly, it doesn't get much worse than that! When new girl Chloe Clarke appears on the scene, Emily is determined to be friends with her, which of course has some embarrassing, and disastrous, consequences. Think Georgia Nicolson but a bit younger and you've got Emily Sparkes!

Ruth Fitzgerald writes with humour and heart, and that's why I loved this book. I laughed out loud more than once and ended up really liking Emily. She tells it how it is and always manages to get herself into terrible situations, which makes for some very funny reading. I liked her right from the start, especially her wit and deadpan delivery. She's exactly the kind of person I would have been friends with in school!

Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco is a great little book for teen girls, right on par with Cathy Hopkins and Sue Limb. I can't wait to read more of Emily's embarrassing adolescent adventures, and luckily for me the second book, Emily Sparkes and the Competition Calamity, is published in July. Form an orderly queue, people!

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