Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Twice-lived Summer of Bluebell Jones by Susie Day

I've just finished a teen book, and it was a lovely read.

 The blurb says "Turning thirteen. It’s a rollercoaster ride. Especially for Bluebell, when she accidentally summons her fourteen-year-old self from the future. Red has amazing friends, actual boobs and a road map of the year ahead. Perfect! Blue can’t fail to have the summer of her life. But Red’s got secrets. Ones she won’t share – not even with herself."

 Susie Day brilliantly captures that awkwardness you have as a brand new teenager, of all the expectations you have of this new era, but at the same time not knowing how to make the leap.  It’s the things you want to say and do, the ways you want to look and be seen, but not quite having the courage to do them. It is the age where you are precious about how you project yourself to others, whilst still grappling with working out who that self in fact is.

 It is very difficult to talk about the book, without giving away spoilers and that would be such a shame, but it is a vibrant yet tender portrayal of a teenage summer, and the angst and victories that come with it. It is smart and emotional, and ultimately breath-takingly brave, just like Blue. 

I've passed it straight on to DD1, as she is on the brink of all that teenage malarky, and I'm hoping that she'll take from it the central message of "Seize the day".

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