LOVE FRANKIE – Jacqueline Wilson

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RELEASED: 30/04/2020
PUBLISHER: Penguin
GENRE: Teen Fiction, Contemporary

Frankie is nearly fourteen and teenage life certainly comes with its ups and downs. Her mum is seriously ill with MS and Frankie can feel herself growing up quickly, no thanks to Sally and her gang of bullies at school.

When Sally turns out to be not-so-mean after all, they strike up a friendship and are suddenly spending all of their time together.

But Frankie starts to wonder whether these feelings she has for Sally are stronger than her other friendships. Might she really be in love?

Frankie doesn’t want Sally to just be her friend. She wants her to be her girlfriend. But does Sally feel the same?

A few days ago I received a very exciting email saying that Penguin had approved my request to read Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson! I’ve been a massive fan for YEARS since I first read Glubbslyme and I’ve always been keen to read every one of her books. Admittedly, I’m a bit more old school and haven’t read some of her newer books, but Love Frankie immediately stood out as a fine return to her more teen content (my faves!). So, it didn’t take me long to pick this one up from the time that I received it.

I immediately was hooked; Frankie is such a likeable character and I found that I couldn’t wait to keep reading. I found that the story was a fantastic way to explore all the complex emotions that come with being a teenager, and even as an adult I could really relate to the different characters in the book. There were so many different themes that were touched upon sensitively, there were bright moments and there were tough moments. The main theme of sexuality was handled very well and I particularly liked how the characters were so different in their approach to it – it made it feel very real and showed how people’s reactions can be so different, whether they are the person with those feelings or whether they’re on the outside.

I think it’s so important that books like Love Frankie exist, especially from authors such as Jacqueline Wilson. It’s such an approachable look at growing up, discovering new feelings and diversity. I felt that it really normalised feelings towards the same sex in a way that was approachable and I could imagine quite realistic. I felt that I could relate to the feelings Frankie was facing; first love is first love regardless of gender, and that Jacqueline, as usual, really captured what it’s like to be a teenager and have all these different feelings and emotions and challenges.

I’d highly, highly recommend Love Frankie, particularly to fans of Jacqueline’s teen books such as Kiss and Love Lessons. It made me feel very nostalgic to my early teen years reading those books and I think it’ll introduce a new generation of youngsters to her wonderful books!


Thank you to Penguin via NetGalley for the e-book of this title.

 

Sundays In Bed With…Love Frankie

Good morning! I woke up nice and early…oh the joys…but it does mean that I get to keep myself entertained for a few hours with a good book! Over the past few days I’ve been reading an amazing book and I had about 20% left to read so I couldn’t wait to finish it this morning! Sundays In Bed With… is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

A few days ago I received a very exciting email saying that Penguin had approved my request to read Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson! I’ve been a massive fan for YEARS since I first read Glubbslyme and I’ve always been keen to read every one of her books. Admittedly, I’m a bit more old school and haven’t read some of her newer books, but Love Frankie immediately stood out as a fine return to her more teen content (my faves!). So, it didn’t take me long to pick this one up from the time that I received it.

Frankie is nearly fourteen and teenage life certainly comes with its ups and downs. Her mum is seriously ill with MS and Frankie can feel herself growing up quickly, no thanks to Sally and her gang of bullies at school.

When Sally turns out to be not-so-mean after all, they strike up a friendship and are suddenly spending all of their time together.

But Frankie starts to wonder whether these feelings she has for Sally are stronger than her other friendships. Might she really be in love?

Frankie doesn’t want Sally to just be her friend. She wants her to be her girlfriend. But does Sally feel the same?

I just flew through this book and this morning was the perfect opportunity to finish it! Right up until the end I wasn’t sure how things would work out which kept me hooked as I turned every page!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Have you read Love Frankie yet or are you looking forward to it coming out?

kayleigh

Sundays In Bed With…House of Earth and Blood

I was looking for a Sunday post for today because my usual Six for Sunday has a tricky topic for today that my brain just isn’t awake enough for haha! I stumbled upon this post on Jill’s Book Blog, and thought it sounded like a fun one to do! Sundays In Bed With… is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

89609235_147859166687304_4908773071042253360_nThis morning, I woke up and was desperate to get reading my BEAUTIFUL SHINY NEW MASSIVE hardback – House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas! It’s finally mine! I carried my copy all around York yesterday and am so pleased to have it! That said, it really is hench.

“Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.

Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.

As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …

With unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom – and the power of love.”

89387662_503774120238387_3536049035172384355_nThe only thing that I thought I might struggle with was the fact that it is so big and that it’s an adult book. I firmly love my YA! The first couple of chapters took me a little while just because I was trying to get my head around what was going on, but I think that’s just my brain whenever I read a new fantasy! I’m now on Chapter 5 and it’s all starting to make sense and I can’t wait to keep reading, especially since I’m hearing such good things.

Have you got or read the first book in the Crescent City series? What do you think of it?

kayleigh

Top Ten Tuesday: 3rd March 2020

I haven’t done one of these for a while, but these posts are a great way to remember books you’ve read and loved and to really think about different books! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s theme is:

book with single-word titles

  1. Malamander – Thomas Taylor
  2. Cogheart – Peter Bunzl
  3. Caraval – Stephanie Garber
  4. Enchantée – Gita Trelease
  5. Solitaire – Alice Oseman
  6. Matilda – Roald Dahl
  7. Floored – Various
  8. Stepsister – Jennifer Donnelly
  9. Entangled – Cat Clarke
  10. Unconventional – Maggie Harcourt

There were surprisingly more YA books for this list than I expected; titles just seem to be getting longer these days so I was pleased to be able to make it to 10 fairly easily! Have you read any of these?

kayleigh

Six for Sunday: 1st March 2020

Hello again! This week’s theme actually is pretty tricky; it’s not something I’ve ever thought of before. However, I want to have a go so let’s see how this goes! Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s theme is:

Characters Ahoy!: characters I’d name my kids after

  1. Feyre – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J Maas
  2. Ivy – The Uncommoners, Jennifer Bell
  3. Elsie – Witch for a Week, Sylvia Bishop
  4. Lira – To Kill a Kingdom, Alexandra Christo
  5. Daisy – Murder Most Unladylike, Robin Stevens
  6. Matilda – Never Look Back, Lesley Pearse

I’m sure that I could probably find more if I went through every book I’ve read, but I think this is a nice varied selection! Still no inspiration for boy’s names though…

kayleigh