Girl, 15, Charming but Insane

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Random House Children's Books, Dec 18, 2007 - Young Adult 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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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Arch and amusing. Limb sometimes seems to be writing for an adult audience. Silly plot that manages to be universal. I read several bits aloud. Read full review

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

There is considerable wit in this one, but all of the reactions to circumstances just didn't ring true. Jess obsesses and interprets incorrectly most of the straightforward happenings, and then blows off the more important stuff. Even with Kellgren at the helm, this was a frustrating listen. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
14
Section 4
19
Section 5
26
Section 6
32
Section 7
39
Section 8
45
Section 9
52
Section 10
90
Section 11
98
Section 12
110
Section 13
119
Section 14
137
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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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