Review: The It Girl Team Awkward by Katy Birchall

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If everything Anna does is going to be seen by more than 10 million people, then she’s determined to find something that she’s really good at. Everyone else seems to have a ‘thing’ – especially the new girl at school, who’s been distracting Connor with their shared love of art. Luckily the school sports day is looming, and Anna is limbering up! What could go wrong?

I absolutely loved the first The It Girl book, so I was very excited when I realised that there was a sequel! One of the most memorable things about the first book was how hilarious I found it, and I have to say that I was not disappointed the second time around. Anna and her crazy life didn’t fail to amuse – from the disastrous incident of falling into a pot plant and having the video of it go viral, to her boy troubles and her puffin costume.

I also liked how the book was peppered with emails and lists, normally detailing how horribly wrong something had gone. The varied format really makes the novel stand out, and the emails didn’t affect the strength of the characters – each individual had their own style of writing in their emails, and the emails were distinctive from character to character, so it was clear who was emailing, and I thought this showed really strong characters.

The overall concept behind the story was one I feel is very important, as Anna faces criticism for not being famous for a specific reason, so feels pressured to prove that she does indeed have a talent. However, Anna’s chosen task is something quite unlikely – she wants her team, the Puffins, who have always lost on sports day, to win, and she plans to lead them to victory. Despite her initial worries, she trains hard and rises to the challenge, which I think send a really positive message about what is really key if you want success – perseverance and dedication.

The support her friends gave to her was also something I loved; their commitment to Anna is exactly what friendship is about. They joined in and came up with ideas when Anna needed their help with her sports day venture, but also gave support by trying to show her that she is a good role model, and that the media’s opinion of her isn’t important. Anna herself has such a fun narrative voice, and it made the book a real pleasure to read. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Connor once everything was finally straightened out, as most of their interactions were focussed on the confusion surrounding where Connor’s romantic interests lay. However, the other characters were all covered well throughout the book – I especially liked the drama surrounding planning her father’s wedding!

If you are looking for a light and hilarious easy read, then I would definitely recommend The It Girl: Team Awkward.

The It Girl: Team Awkward was published on the 7th of January 2016 by Egmont Publishing. You can find out more about the book on Goodreads, or purchase a copy on Amazon.

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