Saturday, 14 January 2012

Review: Chocolate S.O.S - Sue Limb

Published: January 15th 2012, Bloomsbury
Pages: 294 pages, paperback
Series?: Yes, this is book six (I think... Don't quote me on that) in the series
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads): Jess has broken up with Fred, though really she is waiting for him to come to her door and beg to get back together again. But is that the sort of thing Fred would do? He has said himself that he has no backbone...

Meanwhile, a gorgeous boy has moved in next door and, to Jess's mingled horror and delight, is making it very, very obvious that he would like to be a lot closer than next door... Surely, now, Fred will be driven, in a fit of jealousy, to sweep Jess back off her feet? Won't he?

Full of Sue Limb's very funny take on early teenage life and problems, fans of Jess Jordan will be thrilled to have a new Fred and Jess story.

My review: Sue Limb is just brilliant. It's always such a treat to receive a copy of one of her books and I've thoroughly enjoyed everything of hers that I've read. She absolutely stands up as an important writer for tween girls, alongside Samantha Mackintosh, Cathy Cassidy, (overlord of hilarious books for girls) Louise Rennison and all of those other wonderful ladies who are flying the flag to make reading accessible (and vampire free) to younger teens.

*Gasp* Fred and Jess have split up? Nooo. I loved these guys as a couple, as I said in my review of Girl, 16: Five Star Fiasco, which I read and reviewed last year. They had a great relationship, built on a foundation of fun and friendship and were both great role models for any younger readers to take inspiration from. However, the course of true love never did run smooth and the series certainly wouldn't be as interesting if there weren't a few bumps in the road for our heroine, Jess.

Anybody who's been through a break up will absolutely sympathise with Jess, who obviously needs copious amounts of chocolate and friends to get over what happened between her and Fred (hence the title of the book). Although, nothing will help you get over a break up quite like an attractive new neighbour, will it? Enter Luke, a gorgeous boy who is exactly what Jess needs to cheer her up.

I thought Luke was a great character, of course he did provide a lot of the drama in Chocolate S.O.S. but not through any fault of his own, he's a welcome addition to the existing cast and I loved the way he interacted with the various characters in Jess' story, especially Jess herself. Watching their relationship develop and change throughout the book was great and the ending was just fab!

Chocolate S.O.S. is another hit for Limb, who goes from strength to strength with whatever she brings out. I'll be keeping my eyes firmly peeled for the next book in the series, Party Disaster, when it's released this summer. And you jolly well should be, too!

First line: 'No!' breathed Flora. 'I can't believe it! You and Fred haven't really split up, have you, babe?'

Read if you liked…: Lula Does the Hula - Samantha Mackintosh

Plot: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 3/5
Total: 14/20 (B)

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