Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Review: The Breakfast Club - Kate Costelloe

Title: The Breakfast Club
Author: Kate Costelloe
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Genre: Middle Grade
Published: 7th July 2011 (Hodder Children's Books)

Billie, Lexie, Ella and Natalie are all 14 years old, living in the fashionable and hip Notting Hill Gate. They're as different to each other as all four of the Sex and City friends, but that's what makes them such good friends. Lexie's the sporty, practical tomboy, Ella's ever-so-slightly ditzy, but creative fashionista, with a heart of gold; Nat's the witty, self-deprecating hopeless romantic and Billie's the resident musician and Lily Allen-in-the- making. Each of them have their own set of issues - whether it's school, parents or boys...and support is there, every week at their weekly breakfast catch up in their favourite cafe. In this first book, Billie' s narrative takes the lead, as she and her mum are at loggerheads over Billie's growing obsession with her music and her curiosity over her dad - who she hasn't seen since she was a baby. On top of that, the girls' favourite cafe has been bought up by property developers and the hunt is on for a new venue!

The Breakfast Club is a fun, cute book that also deals with real issues. It revolves around four fourteen year old girls who, despite they're very different backgrounds, are close friends. Between them they're dealing with various family situations, their favourite cafe - where they meet each Saturday for breakfast - being shut down and more trivial issues such as their collective crush on their drama teacher.

This book is a brilliant start to a new series in which I assume each of the four girls will take turns at narrating, giving a fresh voice to each book as the girls all have their own individual personalities. It would make a great read for younger teens.

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