Today’s review is of Love Frankie, the latest in a long line of books from Jacqueline Wilson. Many thanks to Penguin Random House UK for my copy of the book, which I received via NetGalley.
GROWING UP. FALLING IN LOVE. COMING OUT.
Frankie is nearly fourteen and teenage life certainly comes with its ups and downs. Her mum is seriously ill with MS and Frankie can feel herself growing up quickly, no thanks to Sally and her gang of bullies at school.
When Sally turns out to be not-so-mean after all, they strike up a friendship and are suddenly spending all of their time together.
But Frankie starts to wonder whether these feelings she has for Sally are stronger than her other friendships. Might she really be in love?
Frankie doesn’t want Sally to just be her friend. She wants her to be her girlfriend. But does Sally feel the same?
The must-have new novel about falling in love for the first time from bestselling, much-loved children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson.
Somehow when I was growing up, Jacqueline Wilson’s books passed me by completely, meaning that, although I have obviously heard about them as an adult, Love Frankie is the first of her books that I have read.
Written in a style aimed at the younger end of the YA scale, Love Frankie is a book that I think lots of girls entering their teens will relate to. Alongside the bigger issues of coming out and being a carer for her mum, Frankie suffers the same trials and tribulations of everyday life as any other teenager, making this an enjoyable, relatable read for any teenager. Navigating secondary school is hard enough without having to care for a sick parent, or coming to terms with your sexuality. Jacqueline handles Frankie’s reality sensitively and I think for those who are dealing with similar issues to Frankie, this book serves as reassurance that they are not alone.
Frankie is a character that strikes as both old before her time and painfully young, something which resonates with my memories of being 14.
Having read this, I can quite see just why Jacqueline Wilson’s books have been so popular for so long.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.
One of Jacqueline’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. This was also the first of her books to be illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Since then Jacqueline has been on countless awards shortlists and has gone on to win many awards. The Illustrated Mum won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the 1999 Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and was also shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children’s Book Award.
Double Act won the prestigious Smarties Medal and the Children’s Book Award as well as being highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. The Story of Tracy Beaker won the 2002 Blue Peter People’s Choice Award.
Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total now stands at over 35 million!
In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.