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  • Love Frankie

  • By: Jacqueline Wilson
  • Narrated by: Jessie Cave
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Growing up. Falling in love. Coming out.

Frankie is nearly 14, 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 best-selling, much-loved children's author Jacqueline Wilson. 

©2020 Jacqueline Wilson (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Same-sex relationship tale for pre-teens

Same-sex relationship tale from the mistress of pre/adolescent family stories.

Wilson has a knack for both talking in the voice of a contemporary young person and covering some quite personal topics with sensitivity and humour. I've read quite a few of hers, and had to try this one, based on the premise.

Within the family unit (divorce, Dad with new partner, Mum with MS) we zoom in on Frankie. A young teen, she's coping with her parents' new lives and her Mum's diagnosis, then struggling as bullies descend on her at school.

But the main bully actually doesn't turn out to be anything like that. Frankie and Sally find things in common, become close, and Frankie realises her feelings for the other girl are anything bit platonic.

Wilson captures the flush, excitement and passion of first love very well indeed. An adult reading will smile a wistful smile at the memories it reignites, Frankie does embody all of us in the first flushes of optimistic and overwhelming 'crush'.

She articulates for readers how first love might feel, the positives and the negatives, how a burgeoning relationship might progress, and how the consequences can be dealt with.

I enjoyed Frankie's travels through her own sexual awakening. With a 13-year-old protagonist, this is suitable for readers younger than she, kissing and discussing feelings the extent of the action. The narrator on the Audible version captures her young voice very well, and Wilson brings the story to life with a lot of speech and thought, and a familiar world readers will be able to visualise.

Lovely to see mainstream and popular writers covering topics, themes and characters that will get their readers thinking and talking.

For ages 10-14.

With thanks to Nudge books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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I wish this book existed when I grew up

I loved this book so much. its fantastic. an LGBTQ+ book with realistic coming out story and first crush expectations. I'm Bi and had my first Girl crush when I was 14 but I didn't admit to myself I liked girls for years after that so I hope this book helps young people to know its completely fine to be whatever they feel.

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Brilliant

Love this book it gets you right at the heart and tells a wonderful tale of true love, adventure and sadness. Join Frankie as she finds out the truth about herself.

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Throwback

I’ve not read/listened to a Jacqueline Wilson book since I was a teenager 10 or more years ago! Absolutely loved this book. All of the happy feels, and so current. Thank you!

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Oh my goodness ⚠️SPOILERS!⚠️

Where do I start?!

Why did you break up with Sally???
I hate Josh man. He’s so annoying :(
Sam’s nice it’s a potty you don’t like him Frankie.

Loved the book oh my days. It was a total page turner and it was very entertaining. It shows the emotions well and listing to this during pride month has got me in the spirit! It’s a beautiful first love story with a nice message but I will never understand why she broke up with Sally.


:)