By: Gabrielle Williams
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 24/05/2017
ISBN: 9781760113681


I'd been warned - in French, no less. By a tram-riding, mermaid-swaying, wolf-eaten, peace-sign flipping friend. I knew she wouldn't be happy if I stayed out here by the pool, with Jed's nail tracing the length of my neck. But I didn't want to go inside. I didn't want another drink. I wanted to stay out here and see what would happen.

What's a girl to do when her parents have split up; her mum's trawling Tinder; and one of her best friends has decided not to invite her to the biggest party of the year, which she then has to watch unfold on everyone else's social media?

If you're a girl called MC, you get mad as hell, that's what you do. But what be-gins as one girl's private, no-holds-barred rant soon snowballs in the most public way possible.

A funny, heartfelt novel for anyone who's ever wished they hadn't pressed send.

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Gabrielle William’s first two books were filled with hilarious situations and were both fabulous contemporary works of YA fiction. This is better, more serious, but better.

Marie-Claude, aka MC has a wide group of friends and lives a ‘pretty cool’ life. But her Dad has recently left, her brother is at Uni and is cutting himself off, and her Mum, well ,she’s just not doing great.

But things turn nasty when MC kisses Jed at a party. You see, her friend Annouk likes Jed and has first dibs on him. You know, sister before mister! Thereafter, MC’s life spirals downward with digital media used to cyberbully and publically shame.

Now her Dad’s PA and new partner is pregnant, her brother tells her he is gay, her Mum is on Tinder and her friends are turning against her.

I won’t blow the finish, sufficed to say that this is a fantastic expose of modern teenage girl friendship in this digital age. It certainly shows us what can go wrong and how quickly - think global!

A great, original story best suited to teenage girls.

Reviewed by Rob