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.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Sold by:||Hachette Digital, Inc.|
|File size:||582 KB|
|Age Range:||15 - 18 Years|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this to be a very slow read
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.
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