Girls Out Late

Girls Out Late

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by Jacqueline Wilson

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Ellie finally meets a boy. The right boy. And she wants to spend all her time with him. Her curfew is way too early, but if
her stepmother doesn’t tell, her father will never know she’s been out late. It’s not like anything bad is going to happen, and her father doesn’t need to know what she does every minute of every day. As long as she


Ellie finally meets a boy. The right boy. And she wants to spend all her time with him. Her curfew is way too early, but if
her stepmother doesn’t tell, her father will never know she’s been out late. It’s not like anything bad is going to happen, and her father doesn’t need to know what she does every minute of every day. As long as she brings her friends along, everything should be all right. Too bad the best laid plans often go wrong!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this final title of her Girls trilogy, Ella goes ga-ga over a new boy, but when she breaks her curfew to meet up with him, her plan backfires. Ages 12-up. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2002: This series, Girls Quartet, is like a British version of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice series. Here the protagonist is hot-tempered Ellie, who in the first book Girls in Love is just starting ninth grade. She lives with her father, her stepmother, and her younger brother Eggs; she has two best friends, Magda and Nadine; and she dreams of becoming a graphic artist. Like Naylor, Wilson deals with the road bumps of adolescence with insight and humor. In Book 2, Girls Under Pressure, Ellie decides she is fat, and starts to starve herself. In the end, visiting a friend with anorexia, she realizes how dangerous her current course is. In Book 3, Girls Out Late, Ellie meets Russell, who is interested in art just like she is, and she narrowly escapes serious trouble when she stays out late with friends. Gossipy and realistic, addressing serious issues as well as clothes and crushes, this series, though somewhat predictable, will appeal to younger girls. The British slang shouldn't pose much of a problem for American readers. (Girls Quartet: Book 3). KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2002, Random House, Dell, Laurel-Leaf, 214p.,
— Paula Rohrlick
Children's Literature
Ellie, a form nine student, has two best friends, Nadine and Magda. These girls are inseparable until Ellie meets Russell, the artist boyfriend of her dreams. Through a variety of miscommunications and dating disasters Ellie manages to balance her obligations to her friends, parents and Russell. On a girls' night out the friends make a bad decision that ends up putting in real trouble. They meet up with a group of boys in an Indie band who invite them back to their flat to party. The girls escape from the too-wild party and manage to make their way home with the assistance of a cabbie and their art teacher. This is a British book published in 1999 and recently released in North America. The language can be difficult to understand, for example, Form nine vs. grade 9, but the experiences that the girls have are not hard to understand. Ellie learns how to be responsible and respectful to her friends and family, and attempts to love herself. The book is obviously trying to get the message across that a teenager needs to tell her parents where they are and who they are with. The overly didactic tone detracts from the interesting storyline, and might put off a young reader. Nevertheless, the characters are believable and have real problems. Ellie is recovering from anorexia, Nadine from an abusive relationship, and Magda has a crush on her art teacher. They help each other cope with life's trials successfully. 2003, Random House Inc,
— Jennifer-Lynn Draper
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-In the third book in the series, Ellie, 13, meets the boy of her dreams and learns that love isn't always what makes the world go round. Her feelings for Russell cause her to make some wrong choices and the consequences make her miserable. Then, Ellie and her two best friends, Nadine and Magda, get tickets to a rock concert, but their plans for a girls' night out fall apart when the concert is cancelled. They wind up in a strange house in a dangerous part of London with some shady boys who want them to drink, smoke dope, and make out. The girls escape, but not without taking risks that could have cost them their lives. The teens continually lie to their parents to cover up where they are and with whom, and when they get caught, they do not take their punishment seriously. They show disrespect to their parents, teachers, and other students in the pursuit of what they want and, for the most part, they get it. However, the author does a good job portraying the angst of teen love and the importance of best friends. This formula teen romance, complete with British slang and lingo, will be a popular, quick read, but there is not much depth of character or plot.-Susan Geye, Crowley Ninth Grade Campus, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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girl time

We're going out tonight, Nadine and Magda and me. It's not a Big Night Out. We're certainly not going to stay out late. We're just going on this little after-school shopping trip. No big deal at all. We'll meet at half past six at the Flowerfields Shopping Centre. Wander round the shops on their late night. We'll eat in McDonald's, then home by nine like good girls.

I don't bother to dress up or anything. I change out of my school uniform, obviously, but just into my black baggy trousers. They've been in the washing machine one spin too many times so that they're now technically not black at all, more a murky gray. Still, they're just about the only trousers in the whole world that are big without making me look enormous. They almost give the illusion that there's a weeny little bum and long lean legs hiding under all that bunchy material.

I try my newest stripy pink top but I'm not too sure about it now. It's a little too bright to be becoming. It makes my own cheeks glow positively peony. I wish I looked deathly pale and ethereal like my best friend Nadine. I'm stuck with permanently rosy cheeks--and dimples.

I search the airing cupboard for something dark and plain and end up purloining a dark gray V-necked school sweater belonging to my little brother, Eggs. It fits a little too snugly. I peer long and hard in my mirror, worrying about the prominence of my chest. No matter how I hunch up it still sticks out alarmingly. I'm not like my other best friend, Magda, who deliberately tightens the straps of her Wonder Bra until she can practically rest her chin on her chest. My own bras seem to be a bit too revealing. I try tucking a tissue in each cup so that I am not outlined too outrageously.

Then I attack my hair with a bristle brush, trying to tame it into submission. It's as if my entire body is trying to get out of control. My hair is the wildest of all. It's longish but so tightly curly it grows up and out as well as down. Nadine is so lucky. Her long licorice-black hair falls straight past her shoulders, no kinks at all. Magda's hair looks incredible, too, very short and stylish and bright red (dyed). It looks really great on her but if my hair was that short it would emphasize my chubby cheeks. Anyway, with my bright pink face I'd be mad to dye my hair scarlet. Not that my stepmum, Anna, would let me. She even gets a bit fussed when I use henna shampoo, for God's sake.

Anna eyes me now as I clatter into the kitchen to beg for some spare cash. Eggs is sitting at the table playing with the hands of my old alarm clock, muttering, "Four o'clock, telly time, fun. Five o'clock, more telly time, fun fun. Six o'clock, teatime, yum yum."

"That's my alarm clock," I say indignantly.

"But it's been broken for ages, Ellie. I thought it might help him learn the time. Do the big hand thing, Eggs," says Anna.

"Honestly, it's embarrassing having such a moron for a brother. And he was the one who broke it, fiddling around with the hands."

"Twelve o'clock, midnight, big sister turns into a pumpkin!" says Eggs, and shrieks with laughter.

"Are you off out, Ellie?"

"I'm just meeting Nadine and Magda to go late-night shopping."

"Seven o'clock, bathtime, splashy splashy. Eight o'clock, bedtime, yuck yuck."

"What about your homework?"

"I did it when I came home from school."

"No you didn't."

"I did, honestly."

"You were watching television."

"I did it while I was watching television."

I don't usually watch kids' TV but there's this new art program that has some amazingly cool ideas. I'm going to be a graphic artist when I grow up. I'm definitely not going to the art college where my dad lectures, though. I'm certainly not cut out to be one of his adoring students. It's weird to think that Anna was once. And my mum. She died when I was little but I still miss her a lot. Eggs isn't my whole brother, he's just a half.

"Thief!" Eggs suddenly screams, pointing at me. "That's my school jumper, take it off!"

"I'm just borrowing it for the evening."

He doesn't even like this school jumper. Anna has to sweet-talk him into it every morning. He prefers the weird, wacky, rainbow-colored concoctions that Anna knits for him. When he was going through his Teletubby phase he had four--purple, green, yellow and red--so he could be Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa or Po as the mood took him. Today Eggs is wearing his magenta Barney the Dinosaur jumper. I am immensely glad I am way past the stage of Anna making me natty knitted jumpers.

"But you'll muck it up," Eggs wails.

"I'll muck it up?"

Eggs is such a slurpy, splashy eater his clothes are permanently splattered orange (baked beans), yellow (egg yolk) and purple (Ribena). I examined his sweater for spots and stains very carefully indeed before putting it on.

"You'll make it smell."

"I won't! How dare you! I don't smell."

"You do, you do, doesn't she, Mum?" says Eggs.

"I don't," I say, but I'm starting to get panicky.

I don't really smell, do I? Has my deodorant stopped working? Oh God, does everyone back away from me with wary expressions and pinched nostrils and I just haven't noticed?

"Ellie doesn't smell," says Anna.

From the Hardcover edition.

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Wilson is a bestselling author in Britain. She has written several award-winning books for children, including The Suitcase Kid, Double Act, and The Lottie Project.

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Girls Out Late 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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forever_dreamer More than 1 year ago
Yes some of the words and slang different but that didn't stop me from enjoying it! The girls and the situations they get into are things alot of us that are or have been teen girls can relate to. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book i just want to read the second one
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fast paced and never got boring. The first time i picked up the book i read through half of the book in a few hours. You can never put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of the Alice books since 6th grade, and found the first 3 of the Girls series a lot like them . There is a bit of each of the Alice main characters in Ellie( anorexia, embarrassment,etc.) The only problem is understanding the British words, such as snog, loo, etc. But all in all, the ' Girls' books are great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ellie and her friends go through crazy situations that will keep you reading until your done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was way too sappy, this guy tried to have sex with her on the first night, tell me, what kind of girl would still go for him? It was hard to make myself finish the book...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I loved! It has ever thing from romance to comedy to friends that are like sisters destiny forgot to give them. IF you read the first three ones then you will love the 4th one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend got me the first book at the end of 8th grade. I didn't even plan on reading, but one day i got bored and started reading it. the next thing i knew i was done with the first book and couldn't wait to be the 2nd and third book. now here i am waiting for the 4th book to come out. i really love this series. i got hooked on it and i can't get enough of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the most good book it was like I was the girl and her girls and they are going through what I going through which is to cool and I love a good book. Once I pick it up I could put it do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great book! Anyone will love it. And remember, it's not over until it's over. Have fun reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book yesterday and i started it today and i finshed it 5 hours later it was really great. i can't wait to read girls in tears
Guest More than 1 year ago
three best friends have a good life ellie get used to not having a boyfriend but then she gets one..... I really likes the book it was great and I can'tr wait till the next one
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is brilliant! jacqueline wilson, doesn't waste any time getting into the story. even at the end of the book there is still more exciting events that happen!