Summary

Yasmin would give anything to have a friend... and do anything to keep one.
The first time I saw you, you were standing at the far end of the playing field. You were looking down at your brown, straggly dog, but then you looked up, your mouth going slack as your eyes clocked her. Alice Taylor. I was no different. I used to catch myself gazing at the back of her head in class, at her silky, fair hair swaying between her shoulder blades.
If you'd glanced just once across the field, you'd have seen me standing in the middle on my own, looking straight at you, and you'd have gone back through the trees to the path quick, tugging your dog after you. You'd have known you'd given yourself away, even if only to me.
But you didn't. You had eyes only for Alice. Sue Townsend meets Zoë Heller in this dark, twisted, and heartbreakingly vulnerable tale.
©2015 Tasha Kavanagh (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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"A striking and highly enjoyable debut." (Sophie Hannah)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Maintenon on 29-08-15

Thoroughly enjoyed - and never listening to it again!

What about Katy Sobey’s performance did you like?

Katy Sobey catches the narrator's voice perfectly. An oh-so-ordinary teenage near singsong which adds to the novel's chill, the steady, unvarying pace of which drives the listener mad as it jogs towards the story's end.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Shock. I originally bought this audiobook to have something to listen to while I knit during my journey to and from work. I really wasn't expecting what I got. At the end of the book I sat on the top deck of the no. 341 bus, gazing unseeingly out of the window, my knitting a complete tangle in my lap. I'm undoing the entire ruddy jersey at the moment!

Any additional comments?

A heartbreaking, twisty tale of the unexpected. I shall be watching this writer's career with interest and picking up her future books with some trepidation...

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kaggy on 15-10-15

A deeply dangerous love

If you think this is yet another story of a fat isolated teenager who is misunderstood at home and bullied at school - think again. Yasmin is all these things, but she is also intelligent, cunning and strangely innocent. Her mother and new stepfather struggle to understand her. Their familial relationship is strained because Yasmin is difficult and unwilling to conform by losing weight and making herself more attractive. She harbours resentment about her father's death, but is unable to express her feelings and so her only outlet is to fantasise about a beautiful classmate. The fantasies however are dangerous and twisted and as the story progresses she begins to seek love and fulfilment in much darker places.

I was absolutely gripped to the very end and indeed the very last sentence which brilliantly draws the story to a chilling conclusion.

Katy Sobey is an excellent narrator, delivering the story with economy but great skill. This is a first class listen and one I am thoroughly recommending.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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