There’s something wrong with Hazel Atherton she just knows it. She’s not a kid anymore, but she’s not grown-up either. Hazel hasn’t even kissed a boy and she’s not sure she ever will. Although that doesn’t stop her from thinking about Leo in the year above… Hazel wishes she could talk to her mum about it – but these days her mum is too busy hanging out with her new boyfriend. Does anyone understand what’s going on with Hazel?
Three very well-known authors – well, to me anyway.
Between them they’ve written a squillion books (yes, that’s the technical term for it) in various series, including Go Girl, Go Girl Angels, Tweenie Genie, Fairy School Drop-Out and many more, and now, they are all branching out into YA (Chrissie with Whisper, Badger with Shift, and Kalkipsakis with Silhouette). I can proudly boast that I’ve read them all (if not all, then damn close to all) and can I say how excited I am for this new series?
VERY EXCITED, in case you were wondering.
It’s utterly perfect for so many reasons. One, their audience is growing up for Go Girl age, so now they can follow these brilliant authors as they grow up.
Two, what a HUGE GAPING hole in the market and hooray for Hardie Grant Egmont for seeing this, and fixing it.
What I love about this series is it truly focuses on the forgotten girls, yet it’s such an important time in their lives it’s little wonder that no-one has written for them specifically before.
This series is all about firsts: first boyfriends, first kisses, first periods. Tumultuous friendship and family ties.
The first in the series, penned by Chrissie Keighery, focuses on Hazel and her panic surrounding being the last one in her group to get her period (as well as various other appropriate sub-plots, including friendships, boys, and parent dynamics).
I don’t think it is a spoiler of me to say she finally gets it in the end (obviously she would!) but it was so refreshing for me to read, towards the end, that Hazel and her family are watching a movie and she casually asks her sister to pause it so she can “Go and change my pad.” Now, let’s just reflect on that sentence for a moment.
Can anyone tell me when a similar sentence appeared in a book? Anyone? Ever?
That sentence made me stop reading, and re-read the scene a few times, and I loved it.
It truly normalised the entire process of having your period, which is particularly important for young teens getting it for the first time: it is normal, yet it’s always spoken about in hush-hush terms and treated ridiculously by manufacturers.
I loved how normal the entire book is, effortlessly amazing. I loved how everything was so true-to-life.
I particularly loved a couple of scenes were the girls ‘check’ each other (everyone’s done that!) and – gasp! – someone has an accident. The jacket tied around the waist, the girls walking in a tight huddle to hide the person.
I remember the first time I saw someone with a stain on the back of their dress. It belonged to a girl in my grade’s sister. I knew of her, knew her name but don’t think I’d ever spoken to her.
I was walking behind her, aghast that no-one had said anything already. I felt like saying something, but I didn’t know her, and didn’t want to embarrass her.
So I didn’t say something. Perhaps I should have, but I didn’t feel comfortable enough.
It’s little moments like that that make up your early teen years, and those moments have been captured brilliantly in this series.
I’ve already told my aunt about them, as they are perfect for my twelve year old cousin.
There are four Girl V The World books coming out this month, with more planned for next year.
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