- Publisher: Random House Children's Books (February 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375890114
- ISBN-13: 978-0375890116
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
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Ellie is starting ninth grade and she's dead set on finding herself a boyfriend. Her two best friends seem to have all the luck in the love department, but our heroine will stop at nothing to join the ranks. Even if it means pretending her 12-year-old pen pal is her gorgeous, head-over-heels-in-love beau. Naturally, chaos ensues, as it always does when one tries to live a lie, but with Ellie's dry, self-deprecating wit and the antics of her boy-crazy buddies, this is sure to be a year to remember.
Jacqueline Wilson, prolific author of more than 50 books, several of which have been short-listed or runners-up for the Carnegie Medal, pens a hilarious and authentic story about girls in love (or something like it). Readers will eat up the clever wordplay and painfully funny subplots, and will eagerly anticipate the other titles in the sequence, Girls Under Pressure and Girls Out Late. (Ages 12 to 16) --Emilie Coulter
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In Wilson's (The Story of Tracy Beaker) fast-paced first book in the Girlfriends Trilogy, ninth-grader Ellie describes why she's "feeling so fed up" and the sticky situations in which she finds herself. Ellie's first-person narration possesses a Bridget Jones-like energy and compulsiveness. Her constant obsession with her weight gets old, but her loathing of teachers, family and herself will feel familiar. Ellie's relationship with her two best friends, Nadine and Magda, and especially with nerdy Dan, whom she meets on holiday, serve as good models without being didactic. Feeling jealous after hearing about Nadine's new older boyfriend and Magda's summer flirtations, Ellie pretends that Dan is her boyfriend, though she substitutes his looks with those of a cute boy she's crushing on. As Dan expresses his romantic feelings for her through the letters they exchange, it becomes obvious that she won't be able to keep up her farce forever. Meanwhile, Nadine's boyfriend pressures Nadine for sex, and there's tension between Ellie's dad and stepmother. The short lists at the end of each chapter (like "nine most embarrassing moments") give readers insight into Ellie's past and her character. There are tender moments, such as when the heroine visits heartbroken Nadine, and the funny narrative, filled with British colloquialisms, and clever exchanges with Dan make this a breezy read. Ages 12-up. (Jan.)
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I found this book cute and humorous. Wilson deals with some very real subjects, such as sex, drugs, alcohol and self-worth in a way that doesn't feel heavy and the morals aren't applied too thickly. Something to keep in mind for the American reader is the British have a different culture than us and tend to be less Puritanical so beware.
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Girls in love is an awesome book! Its basically a diary of what happens daily in Ellie's life when everything happens so fast. I really enjoyed this book because every girl can relate to either Magda, Nadine and Ellie. I love how this book was written because at the end of each chapter, Ellie makes a list of something new about her, like her role models, he favorite partys etc. Also, since Ellie was from London, she used different words than what we use so I really liked being able to see how people in London talk, I recommend this book for teenage girls because younger girls might not get most on the content, and guys would most likely loose interest because it's a girls life so I think most girls could really get into the book. Sometimes it seems like your reading a page of you life!
I thought this was and excellent book. I usually have to force myself to pick up a book but I couldn't put this book down. And I'm guessing any teenage girl would do the same. This book has many funny parts that made me laugh outloud, and some parts that made me feel like I was in the story, it was so exciting!