GIRLS IN LOVE by Jacqueline Wilson


Vol. I, The Girlfriends Trilogy
Age Range: 12 - 15
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Hard on the heels of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (not reviewed) and that ilk, three 13-year-olds face life and boys in this first of the trilogy published in England in 1997 (Girls Under Pressure and Girls Out Late will follow). Ellie is the narrator, small, round, and determined to find a boyfriend. Her two best friends are the Goth Nadine and the glam Magda, and the girls’ unaffected relationships with each other ring very true. Ellie’s voice is sharp and self-involved, and readers will cringe with embarrassment with her over her chronic lateness to school, the boy she meets on holiday in Wales with his terrible hair, and other standard adolescent misadventures. Nadine gets involved with a much older boy, Ellie goes to her first couple of parties and crashes her first club, and she learns a bit more than she wanted to know about her dad and stepmom’s relationship. Ellie’s narrative is interspersed with funny little lists of nine things: nine wishes; nine dreams; and nine most embarrassing moments, which provide both giggles and heart-tugging moments. With its hot pink cover, no boys will be caught dead picking this up, which is too bad, for they would learn a lot if they did. (Fiction. 12-15)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-385-72974-X
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2001


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