Thursday, 30 April 2015

Review: Love Bomb by Jenny McLachlan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: March 12th, 2015
Rating: 8.5/10

Amazon summary:

Betty Plum has never been in love. She's never even kissed a boy. But when H.O.T. Toby starts school it's like Betty has been hit with a thousand of Cupid's arrows. It's like a bomb has exploded - a love bomb! More than ever Betty wishes her mum hadn't died when Betty was a baby. She really needs her mum here to ask her advice. And that's when she finds hidden letters for just these moments. Letters about what your first kiss should feel like and what real love is all about . Is Betty ready to fall in love? Will she finally have her first kiss?


Love Bomb is the second book in Jenny McLachlan's excellent series for teens, which began with last year's Flirty Dancing. This time it's all about newly fifteen-year-old Betty as she learns about life, love and everything inbetween.

Betty's mum died when she was little and her dad has raised her since. Obviously losing her mother has left a big hole in Betty's teenage life, so when she finds some letters from her mum, suddenly she doesn't feel so alone. Her mum has left her advice and anecdotes, both of which are perfect for what Betty needs. Of course this story is sad at times - it left me sobbing into my duvet - but it's also happy and upbeat, similar to watching a sad film that makes you smile at the end. It shows what it's like to lose someone, but it also shows what it's like to come out the other side, still living and remembering.

Betty is a brilliant character, totally open and honest, even though she's confused about boys and other social issues. She has a great circle of friends, a fantastic dad and all the support she could need, though she still gets herself into a couple of dodgy situations. She's level headed though and soon comes to her senses about certain people - in the end, experiencing the bad along with the good is the only way to learn!

I really like this series and its 'clean teen' approach. It reminds me of when I was a teenager with my head buried in a Louise Rennison book, simultaneously laughing and groaning in embarrassment at what was about to befall my favourite character. McLachlan has successfully tapped into that mindset and she does it very well - I can't think of a better contemporary series for teens right now, and I'm already looking forward to the next book. Bring it on!

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