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I have so many positive memories of reading her books as a child (and even rereading them as an adult) and I’m so excited to read a book set for young adults and one of a more adult and sensitive subject too. This stands alone as a great fiction book and should not be categories only as a young adult book in my opinion . i started reading it this afternoon and when i say it was unputdownable i literally mean that i read for 3 hours straight and finished it. She lived in a place where there wasn’t much hope and perhaps, she developed much more than I’ve given her grace for.

She can immediately transport you back to being a teenager and discovering the adult world for the first time. Leon ends up having sex with Laura, it’s a blurred line of consent as we realise Laura doesn’t actually know what is happening and is therefore never able to say yes or no.As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her! Set in the 1960s, before sex education in schools was the norm, a time when unmarried mothers were pitied and shamed and teen pregnancies were hidden from society - girls often left with little support from family and authorities and had no choice but to give up their babies - the story follows Laura, a bright only child from a poor background with a scholarship to the local grammar school. As well as winning many awards for her books, including the Children's Book of the Year, Jacqueline is a former Children's Laureate, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. Candy Gourlay introduces Wild Song, her companion novel to Bone Talk, in which Luki and Samkad leave their home in the Philippines for America.

So how would I sun this up … honest , gut wrenching yet sweet at times , emotional and heartbreaking! I’m not sure if the author is now writing for a different type of teenager than 20 years ago or if I am reading her book as a person who has experienced things I never expected 20 years ago but this did not feel like a ‘teen read’. Reading Jacqueline's work again has really made me think about why we stop reading certain authors at specific ages. Nina has two brothers, Little Richard (nicknamed after the singer) and older brother Daniel, who is always kind and friendly. Jacqueline has not stopped making tweens cry since i stopped reading her books which means she is at least consistant.Met her on Saturday and she is just how she seems in her interviews which is a pleasant surprise i dont think my inner child would ever have healed if she was a bitch. This a few months down the line leads to Laura discovering she is pregnant and as the blurb states, it ends up with her being sent away.

In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. The book looks at quite challenging topics such as consent, abuse and forced adoption yet does so in a way which a younger reader will be able to absorb it without being traumatised. I've been a Jacqueline Wilson fan since my teens and once again, she doesn't hold back in exploring difficult topics and bringing you on an emotional journey.Laura and Nina's friendship begins to falter in the next few months as Laura realises how controlling her friend is.



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