Stunning novella by a hot talent in YA, in a gorgeous collectable edition. Jade and Becky have always been best friends; inseparable and often indistinguishable. But when a spiteful comment from an awful ex pushes Jade to the edge, she begins to see that she has always been second best in everything. When the school election offers her the chance to finally be number one, Jade learns just how far she is willing to go to be better than her closest friend. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - I adored this book. I really enjoyed the way it was styled as it is set out for people who don't usually read and I've already passed it on to a friend who isn't a big reader. It was fun but also very heartwarming with a hint of drama and about female friendship and how one little thing can set of a chain of motions that shows the ups and downs of friendship especially, in high school.
Jade and Becky are the best of friends. They spend a lot of time together, go out together, share secrets, share clothes, do all the things best friends do. When Jade breaks up with a boy she was seeing he tells her something spiteful that makes her second guess everything and start to look at her friendship and the way people treat her when she's with Becky with a magnifying glass. She feels like she is always getting compared to Becky, making her second best. She just wants to succeed at one thing. To prove something for herself. With a school election and a cute campaign manger, can Jade make herself shine and be number 1? Or will she push herself too far and push Becky away?
This book is short but it is filled with so much emotion. I totally relate with these characters. We've all had times where we've felt inadequate, and it's easy to get mixed up in it all. It is sometimes easy to let mean comments get to you and sometimes it means hurting people in the process.
This is a book about female friendship and how mean comments can change how you feel towards someone and how, you realise after awhile that things are different but, you can do what you can to get that back. Friendship is a strong thing to have, especially when you're a teen, it's easy to get mixed up and confused about things and this book shows that. It is such a good book and also very important to talk about the ups and downs of friendships.