Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Review: Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan
Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside. When national dance competition Starwars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up. It's just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris. Bea will fight back! But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl’s boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands.
This was such a fun read for me and I already can think of a load of teen girls I'll be happily recommending it to for the foreseeable future.
Flirty dancing is the story of Bea who is super shy at school and ends up entering a national dance competition with the hottest boy at school who unfortunately is going over with Bea's ex best friend and now sworn rival.
I liked several things about the book.
Firstly the voice of Bea was really authentic. It was spot on when you saw the two sides of Bea. One being this bubbly confident girl and the other being the shy persona she took on once she walked into school. It really resonated with me because that was exactly how I was at school because of the people I happened to be surrounded with when I was there who made me feel like I had to be that way. I loved seeing her confidence grow over the course of the book.
The storyline itself was sweet and funny. It's compared to a Georgia Nicholson book but actually I think this is better purely because Bea is a sweeter character on huge whole. I loved the scenes with her younger sister and I loved the relationship she had with her Nan.
For me this book was about friendship and the overriding message that surrounding yourself with the right people is so crucial. As I said before I loved seeing how Bea changed and grew as a character once the influence of ex best friend turned nasty girl pearl lessened over her as she started to care less about what that girl thought of her.
All in al a fab little read which I enjoyed.