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Love Frankie

Narrated by: Jessie Cave
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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.