When Paige finds an old mix CD in a local charity shop, she can’t help but wonder about the boy who made it and the girl he was thinking of when he chose the songs. The tracks tell the story of a boy looking for his perfect girl, a girl to understand him, a story of being alone, being let down, misunderstood and not knowing where to turn.
Following the clues of the music, Paige sets out to find the mysterious boy, going from gig to gig and band to band, hoping to track him down. But will who she finds at the end of the trail, be the boy she’s imagined?
Another perfect girly read from Queen of Teen nominee Cathy Hopkins!
What are your top tips for aspiring writers?
* Use your five senses when writing a scene: what a place looks like, how it sounds, how it smells, how it tastes, and lastly how it feels
* Write every day and don’t blab your story out to everyone. They will all feel they have to say something and it can get confusing. Only show it to those who will give constructive criticism – an Editor, English teacher (if you’re still at school) or an agent
* Do a creative writing course if you can. You may have raw talent but you can still learn how to plot a story, develop characters, write good dialogue, keep the pace up as well as get constructive feedback on your work
* Create a sympathetic character that readers will like. Think about what they want more than anything in the world. Then think about lots of things that can get in their way and cause conflict and there’s your book
* Raise questions early on in your book and delay the answers to make readers want to read on to find out what happens
* Carry a notebook because you never know when inspiration will strike.
* Don’t throw anything you write away if it’s not working. Months, maybe even years later, it may spark something off or you will realise how you can make it work
* Write the kind of stories you’d like to read
* Write the first draft freely without judging it then rewrite with the rational more critical side of your brain. Don’t agonise over the first line or chapter or even first draft. Just get in there and start writing, as it starts to flow, you can always go back and rewrite or delete later
* Read a lot
* Never give up. Persevere through rejection. Loads of famous novelists had their books rejected the first/second/third time but were successful because they didn’t give up
Cathy Hopkins’ worldwide sales are over 4 million. She started writing in 1986, turning to teen fiction in 2000. She is the author of more than 60 titles, with five children’s series in print: Million Dollar Mates; Mates, Dates; Zodiac Girls; Truth, Dare, Kiss or Promise and Cinnamon Girl, with editions in 34 languages. She lives in Bath with her husband and three cats.