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"Leader of the Pack continues the illumination into the lives and minds of teen-UK. Fun and quirky characters, surprising discoveries, and some dark themes keep readers engaged." - Hannah Sullivan, Author of Thunder
"Blisteringly smart, edgy and full of heart, this installment follows reader's favorite Olivia (Liv) Tranter through the turmoil of finding the right guy, when they keep showing up like buses. Full of twists and turns and a shocker of a climax, Leader of the Pack is recommended." - Alice Bell, Author of Dark Enchantment Series
"I love how the story revolves around the school play they're all in, and everything kind of stems from there. There is humor and romance and a hint of danger and then, at the end, a wee bit of a surprise." - Avidreader
"Warm, sassy and likable. Ms. Gray deals with the topics which teens struggle with, with finesse and style. I would highly recommend this book and the others in this series." - SRichardson
From the Author
I'm thrilled to finally be publishing this series of books; the first one I ever wrote. These characters were so vibrant and vivid, they accompanied me on every summer in Spain and October half-term in France for several years. Although written over a decade ago, they've been updated to reflect some extremely current issues (such as the way electronic devices are impacting on teaching and learning in schools).
Poor old Liv - after a lifelong drought in the boyfriend department, she suddenly has three potential boyfriends, but who will she choose? It doesn't help that the wiring in her brain got badly frazzled by the stresses of not enough food, too much exercise and playing an iconic character in the school production. Oops! Thankfully, with so many good friends looking out for her, she finally comes to the right conclusion.
This is a continuation of the stories of these high school friends. This one focuses on Liv who suddenly has the attentions of several boys (something she isn't accustomed to). I love how the story revolves around the school play they're all in, and everything kind of stems from there. The friends are written really well - realistic, but not overdone, amounts of angst and insecurities - so you can't help but draw comparisons to your own high school experience. I loved the British-isms, even though I didn't understand all of them. There is humor and romance and a hint of danger adn then, at the end, a wee bit of a surprise.
This is my favorite book in the series so far! It focuses on Liv, my favorite character, and her sudden predicament of having to choose between 3 different guys. Liv has always felt 'less than' around her super-model friends who, besides being beautiful, also have a special talent. In this episode of the Bryant Rockwell teen-drama, Liv struts her stuff on stage and really shines. She also is becoming a bit of a guy-magnet and finds herself in the position of having to choose 'just one.' Her trials navigating the dating scene are funny, touching and sometimes hair-raising! For some reason, I really fell for one of the guys pursuing her... and I'm afraid he isn't the one. So I'm eagerly waiting for the next episode. I hope this series continues to keep me guessing, and I'm also afraid it will... ;)
I actually bought this book out of order because I read the sample and enjoyed it so much. I went ahead and read it then went back to buy the first to start from there. Even though I hadn't started reading the books in order, I was still able to follow and enjoy the story. The dialogue is cute and I really loved the complex interactions among the characters. Don't want to give anything away, but I loved how Liv's story worked out, even though there was disturbing moments, especially toward the end.
Also appreciated the author's inclusion of the differences between US and UK school systems in the back - very helpful for someone from the US! :)
Another great installment from Ms. Gray. The characters are warm, sassy and likable. Ms. Gray deals with the topics which teens struggle with, with finesse and style. Her characters remind me so much of the characters I grew up with in my high school days. I would highly recommend this book and the others in this series. I received an advance copy from the author. This is my honest and voluntary review. I have also purchased the book for my library.