Thursday 8 September 2016

Blog Tour: Super Awkward, Beth Garrod

Pages: 405
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: 1st September
Edition: UK paperback, review copy

I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely winning at failing at life.

1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket.
2. I accidentally called my Geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn’t impressed.
3. I’m a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way.
4. I always fail maths and science.

So it figures that when I meet the fittest boy in the world, Zac, I’m doing solo star jumps. While dressed up as a cereal box…

Now I've got to somehow persuade Zac to come to prom with me – while avoiding my evil ex and dealing with a secret so mega-awks I want to Ctrl-Z my brain.

What could go wrong?
Oh yeah, that’s right. Absolutely everything.

Super Awkward is a brilliantly funny, charming and addictive debut – I thoroughly enjoyed it. Beth Garrod is a great new voice in UKYA.

Bella is a heroine hard not to love and everything about her story feels fresh and authentic. Her phone is the centre of her world, being dragged to a caravan park in Wales is a crime against her and her mum’s hippy attitude is basically the most embarrassing thing to happen to her. She’s very real. I really loved the way she messed around with language – her smushing words together and making up strange acronyms was very reminiscent of Georgia Nicolson for me.

The friendship between Bella, Rachel and Tegan felt like the friendships I knew at 15 (and still have at 24). They bickered and fought and made mistakes, but they were still loyal to each other even when they weren’t speaking. They have moments of real seriousness and real silliness – it was the perfect balance. Bella, Rachel and Tegan have the kind of friendship that I reckon could go the distance and that’s really lovely to see in YA and quite frankly, I’d like to pluck them out of the book and be the fourth person in the group please and thank you.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour!

Thanks to Scholastic for the review copy.


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