Reviews for Girl, 15, Charming but Insane : Library Edition


AudioFile Reviews 2005 February/March
Jess feels she lives in the shadow of her best friend, the gorgeous, smart, and so very kind, Flora--a typical case of teen angst, to be sure. Katherine Kellgren perfectly captures the essence of an off-beat character and her somewhat stereotypical friends in this blithely British tale. Kellgren is the voice of youth in the telling of Jess's life story, 15 years of frustration caused by an absent dad, a mother with a new life, and a bad case of lust for the best-looking boy in her class, mega-handsome Ben Jones. In this first-person narrative, Kellgren pulls out all the stops as she takes on the persona of Jess and her friends with vitality and flair. D.P.M. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 January
Gr 7-10-This is the spring from hell for Jess Jordan, who fears that her rear end is as big as a "mountain range," whose best friend, Flora, is near to perfection, and whose sweet, but violence loving grandmother has moved in with her and her anti-war, librarian mother in this humorous novel by Sue Limb (Delacorte 2004). All of that would be bad enough, but Jess proceeds to alienate her long time buddy, Fred, while pursuing her perennial crush, Ben Jones. Of course, Jess is clueless that Fred is really the one for her. The humor comes with madcap events like the party at which Jess shows up with fake boobs filled with Minestrone soup that explode. Needless to say, she gets captured cleaning up the soup by a hidden video camera. Although Jess is British, American students will relate to the universal themes of friendship, loyalty, and responsibility as well as to these memorable characters and their foibles. Katherine Kellgren does an impressive job of creating authentic voices for the unique and varied characters. Both the tongue in cheek humor and the laugh-out- loud moments are well presented. Fans of Louise Rennison, Carolyn Mackler, and Meg Cabot will eat this one up and be anxiously awaiting the sequel.-Jo-Ann Carhart, East Islip Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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