On with the shameless self promotion! If you are still looking for books for your teen-age friends and family members, I have two you might be interested in. Both deal with serious contemporary ‘ishoos’ (alcohol, anorexia, absent parents, acne, abduction – and that is just some of the ‘a’s) in fast-paced stories that will make you smile if not burst out laughing. Both are available from Amazon as e-books or print copies, and from independent bookshops if you happen to be in the Coventry Kenilworth area.
And Alex Still Has Acne – The blurb: Life for fourteen year old Alex is OK most of the time. He enjoys school, has a best friend Sam, and a pretty and only mildly irritating younger sister, Nicky. But then Sam starts acting strangely, and so does Nicky – and both insist on sharing secrets with him and making him promise not to tell anyone. Then Nicky goes missing and only Alex feels he knows where to find her. But is Sam anywhere around to help?
And here are a couple of reviews of And Alex Still Has Acne:
Teenager Alex’s life isn’t easy. Not only does he have to cope with acne and an ever increasing appetite, his younger sister Nicky and best friend Sam are both struggling with secrets which they end up confiding in him. Can Alex help them both? And will his acne ever go? An enjoyable story told at times in multiple viewpoints, from debut children’s author Margaret Egrot
Focusing on best friends Alex and Sam, ‘And Alex Still Has Acne’ hones in on the trials and tribulations of life as a modern-day teenager in Britain. An enjoyable plot with likeable characters and some twists and turns along the way, the boys’ friendship forms the backbone of the story – from how they laugh, tease and wind each other up during their more carefree days, to how they are there for each other during more challenging times. A good, easy read, there are plenty of moments to make the reader smile when the boys are together, as well as a hidden underlying sadness which surfaces as the book continues and the reader learns what each has to deal with away from each other behind closed doors as they return to their families. The strength of the boys’ friendship becomes also more apparent as the book continues and we see them offering each other support in their respective dilemmas. A well written book with plenty of moments to keep the reader turning the pages, And Alex Still Has Acne is ideal for readers of teenage years and above. I look forward to reading more from Margaret Egrot!
Girl Friends: The blurb: Nothing is working out for Courtney, and even Grace, her beautiful best friend has no time for her now she has a boyfriend who has promised to get her a modelling contract. Courtney senses something is wrong– what is Grace getting herself into? And can Courtney and her new found friends rescue Grace before it is too late?
Reviews for Girl Friends:
Very well written story about the troubling issues in dysfunctional families. Margaret Egrot’s background gives true insight into the theme and it was believable with likeable characters. The story flowed with ease and, although it was sad at time, I enjoyed reading it in one sitting.
Should a Girl Living In Proverty Give Up? What happens when teen-aged Courtney has to be the adult in her family of two very young sisters and an alcohol addled mother? Then what happens when she must also save her best friend from an abusive boyfriend? How does Courtney keep her dreams of going on to college when she’s faced with dire prospects and told there is no future for her by her own mother? There are no easy answers for this insightful-beyond-her years girl. Ms. Egrot’s characters have very human flaws and with personal demons of his/her own to overcome. There are no villains and no heroes in this story. The book lends itself well for further group study.
Tempted to read more? Please go to one of my Amazon author pages. There’s still time to order them before Christmas!