Not only is she stuck in a smelly caravan in Wales on the worst family holiday of all time, she's missing the party of the year.
In a twist of fate, she meets Zac while on holiday and instantly falls in love with him. That's the good news. The bad news is that Zac is seventeen and Bella is only fifteen.
This doesn't stop Bella from lying about her age so Zac doesn't go running for the dreary Welsh hills. Once she's back home, all of Bella's little white lies and attempts to be the focus of Zac's life backfire on her in a spectacular fashion.
This book is very relatable for guys or girls. Everyone has those moments in high school when the world comes crashing down. Bella just seems to have them happen on a daily basis. Her actions don't come across as forced, though. To her, the world actually is falling apart, which is a common thread amongst teens of her age. Everything is enhanced, the slightest embarassment is magnified by fishbowl that is every single high school on earth.
There are tons of pop culture references and acronyms that teen use to survive the daily minefield of teenage life. Bella's friends are developed characters that get caught up in her circus of white lies and misdirection. Of course, there's a huge redemption scene where Bella learns how to be a real friend and to stop trying to force life to happen.
Our Year 8s are going to be Skyping with Beth Garrod in a few weeks and I know they'll love this novel and speaking to her!