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Today I’m sharing another excerpt from YA novel – Girl Friends.
Grace looks at her watch—I notice for the first time that it is new. A new alertness comes over her. She digs into her bag and gets out her make-up—peering into the mirror to touch up an already flawless face. She looks across at me.
“Oh, Cor, you do look a mess. Here.” She starts to lay about me with the powder.
“What the…? Heh, get off.” I pull away but she has grabbed me firmly and continues to powder my nose. Then she releases me and sits back.
“Well that’s sorted the greasy shine. Now for the eyes.”
“No, Grace, lay off. I don’t really go for much make–up.”
“Time you did,” she retorts, advancing on me with eyeliner. “I’ve bought you your tea, remember, so you do as I say.” That’s true, so I sigh and let her get on with it, even allowing her to re-style my hair, pulling some bits across my face, and pushing other bits behind my ears. Across the restaurant, I see the lads behind the counter looking at us. Surely it must be against company rules to use the dining area as a beauty parlour and one of them will come across and throw us out. But it’s not busy and they are just laughing, enjoying the show. Eventually she is finished and stands up to look at me from all angles.
“Mm, not too bad.” She is obviously pleased with her work. “You should wear a tighter top.” She pulls at mine from behind and then looks round at the front, before sighing and letting it hang loose again. “But first, you will need to get yourself a proper bra—that one is doing nothing for you—it must be a least one size too big—and the cups are too small—so you’re just all saggy.”
“Yeh, well, it’s an old one of Mum’s that she’s got too fat for,” I reply.
“Why am I not surprised?” Grace rolls her eyes. “Time you thought about yourself a bit,” she adds reprovingly. “You’ve got to make the most of your assets— use them or lose them as they say.”
It is news to me I have any assets worth making anything off in that department and I pull away from her, embarrassed. “I’m off to the loo,” I say, heading that way as I speak.
Blurb: Courtney and Grace are best friends. But will this friendship hold when Grace starts dating a young man who showers her with presents and promises to turn her into a model? And when Courtney finally realises that the new boyfriend is nothing more than the leader of a gang out to exploit teenage girls, is it too late to rescue Grace?
Girl Friends has been described as ‘unputdownable’ in a recent five-star review on Amazon.co.uk.