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Posh and Prejudice

Posh and Prejudice

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by Grace Dent

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The divine Shiraz Bailey Wood is back in this hilarious sequel to Diary of a Chav to enlighten us with her signature brand of madcap humor on her demented, glorious life in the gritty suburbs of London.

Chav: (n.): 1. A word that makes most Brits think of hoodies, hip hop, bling, and trouble. (It ain't a good fing, bruv.)

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The divine Shiraz Bailey Wood is back in this hilarious sequel to Diary of a Chav to enlighten us with her signature brand of madcap humor on her demented, glorious life in the gritty suburbs of London.

Chav: (n.): 1. A word that makes most Brits think of hoodies, hip hop, bling, and trouble. (It ain't a good fing, bruv.)

At the end of the school year, 16-year-old Shiraz Bailey Wood isn't expecting incredible grades. But when her test results come in, she's astonished to discover that not only did she pass them all, but that she's also actually clever! Emboldened by an invite to higher-level classes, Shiraz decides she can't waste her brain power frying eggs for minimum wage at the greasy spoon Mr. Yolk. So even in spite of her Mum's objections that it ain't her place, Shiraz enrolls in Superchav Academy's "Center of Excellence" to get even brainier.

Setting forth into the heady field of academia and hanging out with other boffin types seems like just the ticket to avoid getting stuck living like a chav forever in crappy Goodmayes Essex. Smooth-talking lads with whopping allowances tempt her-but Shiraz has to figure out: are these posh types really any better? Or maybe being a chav might not be all that bad-as long as it stands for Charming, Hilarious, Articulate, and Vibrant.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—Shiraz Bailey Wood is a typical British 16-year-old from a working-class family. She waitresses at Mr. Yolk, proudly wears the gaudy bling her boyfriend buys her, and attempts to study, despite her school's bad reputation. Unfortunately, Shiraz is considered a "chav," which is "a bit like calling someone trailer trash." So when she surprisingly passes her exams and is invited to study advanced subjects, she is met with opposition from all sides. She is now hobnobbing with the smart kids, flirting with posh Joshua, and defending her choices to her boyfriend and mother. (Most readers will be shocked that Shiraz's mother pushes a silly part-time job over a college education.) But even Shiraz is guilty of prejudice as she unfairly labels a classmate a charity case. Regardless, the teen is a likable character with wit and charm, but her family is the true scene-stealer, particularly when her mom recounts how Shiraz tried to sell her younger brother at a school auction. Shiraz's diary is full of British slang, and readers are definitely going to need the glossary in the back.—Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Sassy and spirited British teen Shiraz Bailey Wood is back sporting her hooded sweatshirt and layers of gold chains in this second installment of the Diary of a Chav series. This time Shiraz has hurdled the English academic barrier of the GSCE and is back at Mayflower Academy, which has been transformed from the country's worst school to a center of excellence. Writing in short diary entries, Shiraz describes how, as she tackles her difficult studies, she is faced with resistance from her family and boyfriend, who aren't in sync with the new academic Shiraz, and disapproval from her new school friends, who don't accept her street-wise upbringing. Faced with this impossible balancing act, Shiraz turns inward, painfully examining her own identity and life goals. Packed with British slang, this text requires the included glossary, but Shiraz's voice and earnestness shine through in any accent, making her an endearing character well worth rooting for. (Fiction. YA)

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Grace Dent's Shiraz Bailey Wood diaries are bestsellers in the UK. Grace also works as a journalist for "The Guardian" and "Radio Times" for whom she recently wrote a phenomenally popular Big Brother blog. She's working on more books from her home in East London.

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Posh and Prejudice 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Sofia Payano More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a very slow read
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ms. Dent brings us another installment in the life of Shiraz Bailey Wood. Originally published in Great Britain as SLINGING THE BLING, the United States now gets more crazy adventures from Shiraz. Shiraz gets her GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) results back. She can't believe her eyes when she reads her scores. Not only are they not bad, they're actually really good. So good, in fact, that she seriously has to consider continuing with her education into the sixth form at the new addition at Mayflower Academy. She decides she doesn't want to spend her life working at Mr. Yolk, so she signs up. Her decision may just change the direction of her life. Her newfound study habits force a rift between and her boyfriend, Wesley. She makes some new friends, some unexpected ones. And she is pursued by the hottest boy in her class, Joshua. But classes are hard, and she's put in charge of the Increase the Peace campaign. The campaign brings such promising press to Mayflower that Prince Charles is going to visit. As with DIARY OF A CHAV, POSH AND PREJUDICE is an entertaining read. The glossary at the back of the book comes in handy, as there are far more slang words in this one than the first installment. But the situations that Shiraz finds her in are amusing and resolved in a manner fitting of a chav trying to step outside of her lot in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posh and Prejudice By Grace Dent Pub. Date: June 2009 2 out of 5 stars PG-13 - Profanity, Violence, and Sexual References Not Recommended Shiraz is surprised to learn that she has more than passed her tests. She is thrilled and enrolls in advanced classes, after quitting her minimum wage job. Her family and boyfriend aren't as happy though. The boring life of living in the Chav boonies with her plumber boyfriend is not the future Shiraz dreams of, but rather an exciting and adventurous life in London, or the like. These advanced classes might be her ticket out. But a break up, posh boyfriend, prejudice moms, missing sisters, valentine bears, and a house may end up being too great of obstacles for Shiraz to overcome. Posh and Prejudice was boring and not funny. I've read that The Diary of a Chav novels are laugh-out-loud hilarious, but nothing was laugh worthy. Shiraz was an irksome character. She contradicted herself, not to mention always flipping back and forth in between her decisions and thoughts. The dialogue was annoying and fake. The bad grammar drove me insane! I had to keep rereading everything, because "Chav" talk isn't much different than normal, besides the weird made up words and the constant missing "s". There is just enough difference that you really have to concentrate on the little things, like a missing "s" or "is". I didn't gain anything by reading Posh and Prejudice. Date Reviewed: May 7th, 2009 For more book reviews and book information check out my blog at www.inthecurrent.blogspot.com