Girl, Aloud / Girl Out Loud
“Difficult issues treated with intelligence and gentle humour, and complex, lovely, real characters.”
“Addictive. Original. True.”
- Kindle edition and paperback of Girl, Aloud available.
- US edition, Girl Out Loud, in hardback.
- Also translated into German: Willkommen In Meinem Leben, published by Carlsen. Translation by Birgit Niehaus
Longlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Award 2009
Shortlisted for the Lincolnshire Young People Book Award 2010
I’m not the girl you think I am…
Kass Kennedy is misunderstood. Her dad thinks she wants to be a super-star (no way), her mum thinks Kass can handle her dad (not for much longer) and her best friends think Kass is a two-faced boy-stealer (well…). The only person who gets her is Simon Cowell (in her dreams). In this comical, bittersweet drama, Kass must prove to herself and everyone else that she’s really not that kind of girl.
For some thoughts on what inspired me to write Girl, Aloud have a look at YA author Simmone Howell’s blog series, Anatomy of a Novel.
“It is a funny, clever and beautifully written book that can also elicit much sympathy for Kass. I would highly recommend it to older readers.”
“Girl Aloud has a shocking pink cover with lots of sparkle but I should know by now not to judge a book by its cover. This is a great story about Kass Kennedy whose father is desperate to have her perform on X Factor in front of Simon Cowell, despite the fact that she can’t sing, doesn’t want to do it and is terrified at the thought. She also has a brother who is fast becoming a local crim and a mother who doesn’t ever seem to be in the moment. To add to the mix there is a rather handsome masculine Cass hanging around who definitely wants to get to know her better.
Although this novel has the wonderful storyline of how Kass and her two friends Izzy and Char deal with the very teenage issues of boys and friendships, it is essentially the story of Kass’s attempt to maintain harmony in a home with a parent with a mental illness. It is a funny, clever and beautifully written book that can also elicit much sympathy for Kass. I would highly recommend it to older readers.”
“…the lightness of touch in the writing means that you’ll be sniggering one minute and swallowing hard with sadness the next.”
“Emily Gale’s characters are very real, and yet the twists in the plot always surprise.”