I’ve just finished reading Meredith Costain’s A Year in Girl Hell #1: Crushed, the first in a four book series of novels for 10 – 14 year old girls.
The book is about three friends starting high school together dealing with the typical problems – finding themselves in different classes, making new friends, trying to work out if the cute guy has noticed them, trying to find a hole to crawl into because the cute guy noticed them when they were doing something really dorky, trying to be part of the popular crowd.
It was a fun read and I’m sure it will appeal to girls at the end of primary school or early high school.
It got me thinking about what books I was reading when I was that age. I seem to recall far too many Sweet Valley High books, some teen romances (Loveswept?), and the discovery of David Eddings and the Belgariad series, which I still love. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams was balanced out by my first Shakespeare (The Comedy of Errors) and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.
Anyone else remember what they were reading when they were 11 – 12?by