Falling Apart

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Text Publishing, 2011 - Young adult fiction - 278 pages
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'I'm sorry, but I don't want to live any longer. It's nothing to do with what you said, Dad, I'd made up my mind to do this ages ago. Mum, maybe it will help to think of your twins together again. Jan, I'm leaving you my blue cashmere sweater and all my books, even though they mostly belonged to you in the first place.Louise, you can have my diamant brooch and all my make up and any clothes you want. I'd like Carly to have my toy dog. Goodbye. Love from Tina.' Tina is fifteen and having a miserable time at home since her twin brother died. She falls in love for the first time. Simon is from a private school and not part of Tina's world. They don't have much in common, but Tina convinces herself she's in love. When Simon ends it with her, Tina's world falls apart. First published in 1989 and long out of print, Falling Apart is an honest and thought-provoking story written by one of the world's most popular writers. Jacqueline Wilson captures the voices of teenagers perfectly in this engrossing novel about couples and families, and what can happen when it all goes wrong.

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JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author who served as Children's Laureate from 2005-7. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for The Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (for Double Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal). In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She was the author most borrowed from British libraries in the last decade.

'A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMES

'She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues' BOOKSELLER

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