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Second Best Friend by Non Pratt - Review

Saturday, March 18, 2023

This is one of those Barringston Stoke books that is a novella so short and which are printed on thick paper so are suitable for people with dyslexia; I really rate them as they're nice little books and this is no exception. In fact my only criticism of this book is that it's not long enough! I would have loved a full length novel about Jade because I really liked her. I bought a few of these books on Kindle when they were 99p or something, in April 2020 now that I look at my emails! Maybe it was a special lockdown offer. I've seriously got about five, but haven't ever got round to them. Then I was browsing my Kindle last week and decided to read this.

Jade is in Year 11 at school; she lives with her dad, stepmum and stepbrother Harvey. Her best friend is Becky, who has a twin sister, Stef, and two mums. Jade and Becky even look alike and they have similar taste in everything. But Becky is cleverer, gets chosen for the band solo, and so on. At the beginning of the book Jade is going out with one of the popular boys, Rob, but she's realised she really doesn't want to be with him. She breaks up with him and he turns it round on her and tells her that he only went for her because Becky was interested.

This makes Jade spiral into self doubt. She doesn't know what to think. She wants to step out of the limelight, be seen for who she is - but how? And then there's Nick, who she definitely can't help but flirt with... 

I'm giving this four out of five, I really liked it!

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