Girls in Love

Girls in Love

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by Jacqueline Wilson

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Ellie’s starting ninth grade and she’s got some very definite goals. She’ll stay best friends with Magda and Nadine. She’ll go on a diet and stick to it. She’ll get a glamorous hairstyle. And she’ll get a boyfriend. Even if she has to settle for one who likes her more than she likes him. Any guy will do, right?

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Ellie’s starting ninth grade and she’s got some very definite goals. She’ll stay best friends with Magda and Nadine. She’ll go on a diet and stick to it. She’ll get a glamorous hairstyle. And she’ll get a boyfriend. Even if she has to settle for one who likes her more than she likes him. Any guy will do, right?

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In this fabulous first book in a trilogy from British favorite Jacqueline Wilson, readers meet sharp-witted Ellie, who's coping with all sorts of adolescent angst. Ellie's starting ninth grade, and she's determined to find a boyfriend, lose a few pounds, and stay friends with her two best buds. But when the weight won't stay off, jealousy threatens her friendships, and the only boy who likes her is a big dork, Ellie is at her wit's end. Captivating and lively, Girls in Love offers an unflinching -- and funny -- look at the real issues a teenage girl faces.

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Random House Children's Books
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Book One of the GIRLS Trilogy
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12 Years

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The first day back at school. I'm walking because I missed the bus. Not a good start. Year Nine. I wonder what it'll be like.

Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .

It's on that classic Beatles White Album, the crazy mixed-up bit at the end. I've always felt close to John Lennon even though he died before I was born. I like him because he did all those crazy little drawings and he wore granny glasses and he was funny and he always just did his own thing. I do crazy little drawings and I wear granny glasses and my friends think I'm funny. I don't get the opportunity to do my own thing, though.

It's half past eight. If I was doing my own thing right now I'd be back in bed, curled up, fast asleep. John Lennon had lie-ins, didn't he, when he and Yoko stayed in bed all day. They even gave interviews to journalists in bed. Cool.

So, if I could do my own thing I'd sleep till midday. Then breakfast. Hot chocolate and doughnuts. I'd listen to music and fool around in my sketchbook. Maybe watch a video. Then I'd eat again. I'd send out for a pizza. Though maybe I should stick to salads. I guess it would be easy to put on weight lying around in bed all day. I don't want to end up looking like a beached whale.

I'll have a green salad. And green grapes. And what's a green drink? There's that liqueur I sipped round at Magda's, creme de menthe. I can't say I was that thrilled. It was a bit like drinking toothpaste. Forget the drink.

I'll phone Magda, though, and Nadine, and we'll have a long natter. And then . . .

Well, it'll be the evening now, so I'll have a bath and wash my hair and change into . . . What should I wear in bed? Not my own teddy-bear nightie. Much too babyish. But I don't fancy one of those slinky satin numbers. I know, I'll wear a long white gown with embroidered roses all colors of the rainbow, and I'll put a big flash ring on every finger and lie flat in my bed like Frida Kahlo. She's another one of my heroes, this amazing Mexican artist with extraordinary eyebrows and earrings and flowers in her hair.

OK, there I am, back in bed and looking beautiful. Then I hear the door opening. Footsteps. It's my boyfriend coming to see me. . . .

The only trouble is I haven't got a boyfriend. Well, I haven't got a Frida Kahlo outfit or a bedside phone or my own television and video and my bed sags because my little brother, Eggs, uses it as a trampoline whenever I'm not around. I could put up with all these deprivations. I'd just like a boyfriend. Please.

Just as I'm thinking this a beautiful blond boy with big brown eyes comes sauntering round a car parked partly on the pavement. He steps to one side to get out of my way, only I've stepped the same way. He steps to the other side. So do I! We look like we're doing a crazy kind of two-step.

"Oh. Whoops. S-sorry!" I stammer. I feel my face flooding scarlet.

He stays cool, one eyebrow slightly raised. He doesn't say anything but he smiles at me.

He smiles at me!

Then he walks neatly past while I dither, still in a daze.

I look back over my shoulder. He's looking back at me. He really is. Maybe . . . maybe he likes me. No, that's mad. Why should this really incredible guy who must be at least eighteen think anything of a stupid schoolgirl who can't even walk past him properly?

He's not looking up. He's looking down. He's looking at my legs! Oh, God, maybe my skirt really is too short. I turned it up myself last night. Anna said she'd shorten it for me, but I knew she'd only turn it up a centimeter or so. I wanted my skirt really short. Only I'm not that great at sewing. The hem went a bit bunchy. When I tried the skirt back on there suddenly seemed a very large amount of chubby pink leg on show.

Anna didn't say anything but I knew what she was thinking.

Dad was more direct: "For God's sake, Ellie, that skirt barely covers your knickers!"

"Honestly!" I said, sighing. "I thought you tried to be hip, Dad. Everyone wears their skirts this length."

It's true. Magda's skirt is even shorter. But her legs are long and lightly tanned. She's always moaning about her legs, saying she hates the way the muscle sticks out at the back. She used to do ballet and tap, and she still does jazz dancing. She moans but she doesn't mean it. She shows her legs off every chance she gets.

Nadine's skirts are short too. Her legs are never brown. They're either black when she's wearing her opaque tights or white when she has to go to school. Nadine can't stand getting suntanned. She's a very gothic girl with a vampire complexion. She's very willowy as well as white. Short skirts look so much better with slender legs.

It's depressing when your two best friends in all the world are much thinner than you are. It's even more depressing when your stepmother is thinner too. With positively model girl looks. Anna is only twenty-seven and she looks younger. When we go out together people think we're sisters. Only we don't look a bit alike. She's so skinny and striking. I'm little and lumpy.

I'm not exactly fat. Not really. It doesn't help having such a round face. Well, I'm round all over. My tummy's round and my bum is round. Even my stupid knees are round. Still, my chest is round too. Magda has to resort to a Wonder Bra to get a proper cleavage and Nadine is utterly flat.

I don't mind my top. I just wish there was much less of my bottom. Oh, God, what must I look like from the back view? No wonder he's staring.

I scuttle round the corner, feeling such a fool. My legs have gone so wobbly it's hard to walk. They look as if they're blushing too. Look at them, pink as hams. Who am I kidding? Of course I'm fat. The waistband on my indecently short skirt is uncomfortably tight. I've got fatter this summer, I just know I have. Especially these last three terrible weeks at the cottage.

It's so unfair. Everyone else goes off on these really glamorous jaunts abroad. Magda went to Spain. Nadine went to America. I went to our damp dreary cottage in Wales. And it rained and it rained and it rained. I got so bored sitting around playing infantile games of Snap and Old Maid with Eggs and watching fuzzy telly on the black-and-white portable and tramping through a sea of mud in my wellies that I just ate all the time.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Girls in Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Found it very good to read i reccommend it for about eight year olds and over. Found it very fascinating and injoyed it very much i will read the rest of the series of the books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Girls in Love is a wonderful book for young women to read who are about to enter into high school. This book touches on so many different subjects that a young girl goes through or encounters. Ellie, the protagonist, is going into the ninth grade and has so many different problems that she has to face throughout the book. Her best friends, Magda and Nadine, both have boyfriends and Ellie does not. She is also jealous of them because she thinks they are beautiful and she is ugly. Girls in Love touches on many different subjects such as love, friendship, heartache, self-reflection, the opposite gender, loss of a family member, and many more. I would highly recommend this book for young women because it is easy to relate to and gives an understanding of oneself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the book and thought it was good. The whole story with ellie, madga, and nadine, was great. It was a great twist to what happened to nadine but i think the story needs some more juice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a giod book.I'm still reading it. But, there's some innapropete stuff. But still a great book. I recommned this for the ages 12-14. Im ten!! But agian, great awesome book. ;)
Whymsy More than 1 year ago
Boyfriends, diets, and being cool … growing up is hard to do. This is a story about the in between time from child to teenager. Growing up gracefully is never easy and Ellie and her friends are a prime example of how it really is. Ellie is not super smart, or beautiful, she is a little chubby and likes to draw, in other words a perfectly average girl and making her very relatable. She admires her friends and can only see her flaws when comparing herself to them. But not everything is as peachy as Ellie thinks. Nadine is dating a guy much too old for her who is trying to push her into having sex and Magda is rather wild with no idea on how to reign herself while dragging poor Ellie with her. I would say these are somewhat familiar scenarios for a lot of people. This book is a definite tug-a-war between trying to grow up quickly with the constant awareness you might not be ready for what you think you should be doing. I found this book cute and humorous. Wilson deals with some very real subjects, such as sex, drugs, alcohol and self-worth in a way that doesn’t feel heavy and the morals aren’t applied too thickly. Something to keep in mind for the American reader is the British have a different culture than us and tend to be less Puritanical so beware.
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DramaticLove More than 1 year ago
This entire series is just a wondeful coming-of-age story perfect for any girl to relate to. It covers the sensitive subjects of eating disorders, friend fights, and first romances. Each of the character is so loveable that the book is extremely hard to put down. Overall, another wondeful addition to Wilson's amazing novel collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i never thought these books would be this good i thought they would just be something to pass the time but they were great the whole series is i could put them down
Guest More than 1 year ago
its a good book she has two best friends nadin,and magda.she meets a guy ellie does and nadin does but he used her and he used other girls.magda just picks a guy to go out with. when u read one chapter you want to read the next cause some thing good happens.for me when i read the first chapter i kept reading and i was going to go shopping but i said no i want to read the rest of it. and im a person that hates reading so if youre like me then read this book...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had seen this boook in the stores and meant to buy it finally i got around to it and i dashed right inot reading it. As soon as i was done i was back in the bookstore for the second. Ellie seems to be so coaught up in everything then when she takes a step back and looks at her life she realizes that it isn't so bad! And i love how her and Dan share a kiss....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is soooo exciting i was totally drawn into it, the begging is a bit slow, but the rest is smooth sailing
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great i finished it in a day and a half i just couldnt put it down!! And when i found out the other books were about the same girls I was so hyped!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's such a great book. I have read all three and cant wait till the fourth one comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was hilarious! it not only captured the fact that she was jealous of her friends, but it also pushed the fact that even though a guy is somewhat NOT so good looking it doesnt mean he isnt b/f material. He can be really funny, or sweet. I strongly recomend this book for anyone who enjoys a good laugh. Hope ya read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book! Deals very realistically with bad boyfriends, high school worries, and first love! I HIGHLY reccommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey~ this book was so good! it was like the BEST book i have ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this was a great book and YOU should read it!I finished it in 2 days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Girls In Love! i finished it in 2 days. i could barely put it down. i now wish i had a guy like dan - one that would practically drool over me! lol! yes, that does sound weird - can't a girl fantasize, eh?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say this is one of the best books i have ever read. I don't read much at all and i couldn't put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is such a great book.this book says alot about teen girls and what the go through when their friends have boyfriend and they dont,they feel left out.Jaqueline Wilson should write a sequel to this book.IT WAS SO GOOD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best books i'v ever read. please carry on writing Jacqueline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is a story of three girls ellie magda and nadine. it is a book for anyone that likes a book full of different emotions and anyone who is coming to being a teenager. it is a book that u can never put down and it is a must 4 all teenage girls. it is the first book in a trilogy of books writen by jacqueline wilson 4 older readers and if u have read this book the other titles in the trilogy r just as funny, enjoyable and wicked!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book