Happy School Holidays!!!!
Today I am going to do another review on another great book! I requested this book for review and it was sent to me from the author, so thanks so much for this book Nicole!
Author: Nicole Hayes
Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
Extent: 400 pages
So here is the blurb:
When is a secret not a secret? When your whole life is public.
Frankie is used to being a politician's daughter, but with her mum now running for Premier, life's a whole lot crazier than usual. All Frankie wants is to lose herself in her music. So when her best friend, Kessie, invites a student journo to interview the band, Frankie is less than thrilled.
But Jake's easy to talk to, and he seems to really like Frankie. That doesn't stop her from wondering if he's just after the ultimate scoop, especially when photos surface of Frankie's mum having a secret rendezvous with a younger man. With her family falling apart around her, Frankie is determined to find out the truth - even if it means losing Jake.
Starting with the World: The world was set in the present and was perfectly described. In fact, the setting was in Melbourne, Australia. I could clearly imagine the school and cafeteria because of the work that Nicole has done to create effective imagery.
Characters: So there were a lot of characters in this novel and I am just going to talk about a few of them! Also please keep in mind this is a non-spoiler review so I'm not going to say anything that hasn't been stated in the blurb.
Frankie: So our main character Frankie is a strong teenager. Put in unusual circumstances, I couldn't imagine a better teenage character to through the issues that have been put in this novel at. I loved Frankie as a character and found it intriguing to be inside her head. Frankie had so many amazing qualities including, forgiveness, kindness and that she is the most caring big sister any sibling could ask for. As wonderful as Frankie is, she is also stubborn, bossy and can make assumptions within a blink of your eyes. I think that it's all of these qualities combined that make Frankie such a diverse and relatable character. Her hobbies include writing music for her band 'No Politics, ' being anti-politics and listening to Pearl Jam.
Kessie, Van & Tyler: Frankie's Best Friends who also adore music and make up the rest of 'No Politics.' These three amigos support Frankie throughout the novel, when being a Politicians daughter get's too tough. Kessie is a bright bubbly character who loves to protest (Frankie's closest friend.) Van is a down to earth, doesn't-like-to-speak-to-much kind of guy. Tyler, a quiet, gothic character who has a heart of gold.
Frankie's Mum: By far the most prominent family member, Frankie's Mum, Rowena is a Politician. Barely ever home with the family, Frankie sees her Mum more on the T.V then at home. Harassed by the media day in and day out, Rowena is the tough Mum that every kid hopes for, until one moment where everything changes...
Plot & Style of Writing: It was really cool to see how Nicole builded the plot and I felt that it was really well planned out. The style of writing was smooth and gave the reader a good look inside Frankie's thoughts.
Improvements: The only improvement I would have to make for this book would be the chapters. I felt that the chapters were a bit choppy and cut off heaps of novel time. The last paragraph would start from the middle of one event (night-time) then end the chapter and start in the middle of the morning. Although this is only a small issue I found that it happened frequently and I would've preferred it to have started from the place of the last chapter (unless the event dragged on to long, then I would've started at a different time.)
Cover: Chic. White, with Rainbow Covered Buildings and thick, bold title in a wobbly font that covers half of the page!
Overall I give this book a:
4.3 Stars out of 5 Stars!
I think that all ages 13 & Up would enjoy this book.
Definite buy online or at a bookshop!
Where to Read: Bed
Gift? Yes. In floppy paperback!
Product to go with Cover: Tie Dye Building Canvas.
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*ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN I HAVE NOT BEEN SPONSORED TO TALK ABOUT THESE BOOKS/ PRODUCTS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED*
Thanks & I hope you enjoyed!