Girl, 15, Charming but Insane

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Random House Children's Books, Dec 18, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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Life was tragic enough before this spring started. With a distinct lack of boobage and an arse so big that birds of prey could nest within its shadows, Jess Jordan is saddled with the Goddess Flora for a best friend, a Britney Spears look-alike so gorgeous that one grain of her divine dandruff could make the blind see again. Jess knows that her soul mate is Ben Jones, a divine mixture of Leonardo diCaprio, Prince William, and Brad Pitt who oozes mystery and charisma. But the campaign to get Ben to notice her brings on a cavalcade of mortification and disaster, including, but not limited to, a minestrone soup explosion that takes place in her bra and a schoolwide viewing of a videotape that features a topless Jess referring to her breasts as “Bonnie” and “Clyde.”

Meanwhile, Jess’s death-obsessed Granny moves into her bedroom, along with her grandfather’s remains; her hypochondriac dad, who sends her daily “horrorscopes” like “You will fall asleep with your mouth open, and a family of earwigs will move in,” acts strange about Jess staying with him this summer; and her longtime friend Fred, a television violence addict and closet thumbsucker, has decided that he can’t stand being around her. Jess is determined to make things right . . . but with her offbeat sense of humor and her wildly active imagination, things get complicated along the way.

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However, an overall decent read with a lovely ending. - Goodreads
Silly plot that manages to be universal. - Goodreads
The ending cut off a little too soon. - Goodreads
Still, I found myself charmed by the ending somehow. - Goodreads
It just wasn't a page turner for me. - Goodreads

Review: Girl, 15, Charming but Insane (Jess Jordan #1)

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

The book is hilarious!!! Loved reading it. I had so much fun. Though I have to admit there wasn't a whole lot of content as far as a plot or resolution or anything. Extreme fluff book. Read full review

Review: Girl, 15, Charming but Insane (Jess Jordan #1)

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

I saw this book a lot when I was 14/15 and discounted it because it looked too silly. And is it silly? Yes, very much so. But that's the beauty of it: it's a great YA novel full of ludicrously comic ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Sue Limb’s writing career started in London around 1980, with various assignments for magazines and newspapers, and her first radio work, Big and Little, which won a Sony Award for Best Children’s Programme.

Her children’s books include Big and Little, China Lee, Me Jane, Big Trouble, and Mr Loopy and Mrs Snoopy. Come Back, Grandma is published by Random House UK and was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. The author lives in England.

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