Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan

Summary from Goodreads

Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside. When national dance competition Starwars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up. It’s just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris. Bea will fight back! But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl’s boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands.

This warm, nuanced, hilarious story about friendship, fortitude . . . and dancing is impossible not to fall in love with. Jenny’s voice is fresh and convincing, and she handles both darker and lighter elements of the story with equal panache.

Paperback, 300 pages
Expected publication: July 3rd 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens

My Review

Tee hee! This is an incredibly funny read that I thoroughly enjoyed snorting out loud to like an idiot! Even though it was funny, it had some more serious notes and also lots of little positive messages!

Jenny McLachlan writes superbly and captures typical bitchy teen drama perfectly. I really enjoyed main character Bea, who endured a load of crap from an ex-best-friend – a friend who is now a super popular super bitch. ‘Though she be but little, she is fierce!’ (fav line ever!) and fierce, Bea, turns out to be when overcoming those bully’s. 

There is a national dance competition calling for auditions at Bea’s school – and it’s going to be on T.V. eeekkkkk! As you can imagine everyone clambers together to enter the competition, Bea’s best-friend even teams with a dance team. Poor Bea, is left out….but never fear, her good old nan bombs in to save the day! She pairs her up with an unknown boy and sends her to dance lessons!

The unknown boy just so happens to be a super fit guy from the year above….but he is only the boyfriend of Pearl – the ex-best-friend super bitch who makes Bea’s life hell! This could not end well….

I loved watching the pair dance, have fun and get to know each other. Bea, really grew throughout the story – it was really lovely to see. She realised that it’s okay to just be yourself – to hell with everybody that tries to put you down! A message that I think needs to be on the forefront of everybody’s minds!

Flirty dancing is a whole lot of fun. It’s emotional, funny, brave and is filled with flirty dancing *wink* Go grab it when you can!

4 / 5 Stars

*Special thanks to Bloomsbury Children’s for the review copy*

 

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