Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Girl 15, Charming But Insane” as Want to Read:
Girl 15, Charming But Insane
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Girl 15, Charming But Insane (Jess Jordan #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,385 Ratings  ·  277 Reviews
Life was tragic enough before this spring started. With a distinct lack of boobage and an arse so big that birds of prey could nest within its shadows, Jess Jordan is saddled with the Goddess Flora for a best friend, a Britney Spears look-alike so gorgeous that one grain of her divine dandruff could make the blind see again. Jess knows that her soul mate is Ben Jones, a di ...more
Audio CD, 0 pages
Published August 24th 2004 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Girl 15, Charming But Insane, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Girl 15, Charming But Insane

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
The book sweater reads FOR AGES 10 AND UP... though I am undecided that I’d recommend this book even for a twelve year old. Ha. It is an English book, maybe over there in England the children are much more mature. Most likely…
Jess (short for Jessica)- the main character who I am tremendously in love with, really likes this male boy called Ben. Though he’s a jerk so she really just fancies his looks… which is understandable… kind of. So Jess begins to question her own sexuality (as we all do at
Jul 12, 2013 Namratha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When He created Flora, God was on tip-top form and really cooking on gas. On that day He also made the flamingos, the dolphins, the rainbows and a divine apple crumble with custard.
By the time He got around to creating Jess, however, He had rather run out of steam and had a slight headache, and could only manage a couple of other things - toads, baboons, and possibly methane - before needing to take an aspirin and have a lie-down."

You can read a multitude of trul
Loveliest Evaris
Jun 30, 2011 Loveliest Evaris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like teen girls growing up and British shenanigans
Recommended to Loveliest by: English assignment
I'm not one for British literature, simply because I have a stigma against the stereotypical dry, oh so dry--oh God I'm gonna die from dehydration--humor. And usually, British people stay true to that stereotype and write in a way that I need to pause to breathe in some air from the mustiness of their prose.

Prejudices aside, I was actually surprised by this book. My classmate had to read it for a literature assignment with her group, and while I was supposed to be focusing on singing in Treble C
Feb 13, 2009 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one gets two thumbs up for the narrator who does a brilliant job. I thoroughly enjoyed this much more listening to it than I would have just reading it as it is British and the narrator (also British) makes it a really fun read.

Instead of describing the plot, I will just say that there were some very funny moments in this book, like: Jess, the 15 year old narrator, naming her breasts Bonnie and Clyde and using minestrone soup poured into bags as inserts in her bra to add more cleavage only
Oct 10, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ADORE this book.

If you're like me, a fan of Meg Cabot, and appreciate the most riddicolous and random elements of humour, then you'll just adore this too.

I laugh until my stomach hurts and I'm short of breath, tears in my eyes.

Let me just let one of the thousands of hilarious quotes from the book speak for me:

"OK, Flora's house was a bit intimidating. It was rather like heaven. Flora and her sisters Freya and Felicity were all blonde. Her mother was blonde. Her dad was blonde. The dog was blon
Jess Jordan is a fifteen year old comedic genius. Unfortunately, her rapier wit is often eclipsed by her best friend Flora, who is gorgeous, brilliant, popular, and an expert in making Jess completely crazy. Jess finds refuge from the pains of her adolescence with her friend, Fred, but she’s dying (absolutely dying) to go out with the fantastically handsome Ben Jones. When Flora starts dating Ben’s best friend Mackenzie, Jess has an opportunity to hang out with Ben. He’s…a lot different than she ...more
Jul 15, 2010 Posie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who need some light reading
Recommended to Posie by: The Ultimate Teen Book Guide
Shelves: summer-2010
OK. So today I went to the library today fully prepared to pick out a few light reading beach reads for my week long beach extravaganza starting tomorrow. I grabbed this book, along with a few others, and headed for the door. When I got home, if you know me, it's impossible to stay away from a book, so I started it. It's the kind of book that no matter how good it is, you're going to keep reading. Addictive.

Sooner or later I was finished, and this is what I thought: Nothing special. OK, so basic
Jul 21, 2015 Sinara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up because I was looking for something "light" to read and this one pretty much fit in the description. Needless to say, my hopes were quite high as many seemed to say that this book was absolutely hilarious. Although there were some good bits, I found the book to be quite bland. Some parts were useless as they did nothing to develop the plot, and I didn't enjoy the writing style much.
Siena Mccollum
This book is about a fifteen year old girl named Jess, she always is behind the spotlight of her best friend, Flora. Things were looking good when she finally caught the attention of Ben, a guy she had been crushing on forever. But when things become rocky between Jess and her best pal Fred, she isn't happy. The little things like going to lunch with Ben or hanging out with Flora don't make her happy anymore. She knows that she needs to fix things with Fred, but how could she, she totally ruined ...more
Nov 12, 2009 nala rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was ugh... okay. I just read it a few hours ago and I can't even remember what happened. It was pretty bland. It just wasn't a page turner for me. It is about a girl named Jess who has a really beautiful friend who she is always comparing herself to, and a boy she really wants. And, she is trying to be fit in. I wouldn't recommend this book because it was boring and unexciting.
Aug 17, 2009 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SO FUNNY! This author is hilarious! I laughed the entire time. It almost reminded me of all the neurotic characters on Scrubs forming one super person which happens to be a 15 year old girl. I can't wait to read the rest!
I laughed out loud in places at this British school girl. A lovely fresh voice. Recommend it for younger girls reading in the young adult section. 13 or 14 or so as it's pretty clean.
Juniper Shore
This book really surfs on its narrative voice. Jess is ever ready with a snappy remark and her wry humor makes for delightful reading. Her sarcasm never comes across as mean-spirited, particularly since so much of it is directed at herself. The metaphors are great, and the plot is unashamedly over-the-top. It's nice to find a narrator who is so consistently good-humored even in the face of disaster.

I'll take off one star because the plot drags on a bit at the end, as Jess' travails start to read
Jul 20, 2015 Leona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this novel and I literally can't even remember what happened.
There was no depth to this story at all. The plot was dull, the language in which it was written was extremely easy (especially considering its target audience is adolescents), and the overall story was not engaging, predictable and lacked that vital story-telling rhythm.
I really believe that this novel had potential but Limb just did not grasp the opportunity to transform this story into a brilliant teenag
May 14, 2009 Primadonna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenlit-ya
Fun, wicked, crazy, and after reading this I begin to hate Flora. A lot. But hey, the protagonist gets even in the end, so... :)
Jan 31, 2016 Frida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For my book for this month I read "Girl 15, charming but insane," by Sue Limb. The book goes under realistic fiction because this story could happen in real life. The story takes place in the United Kingdom around 2004. The main characters in the story are Jess Jordan, Ben Jordan, Fred, and Flora. Jess is very insecure about her body and tries her best to "perfect" it. Jess is also trying to get the guy she likes attention but it's hard when he's always spending time with her friend Flora. I gav ...more
May 14, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was the perfect book I needed to get out of an age-old reading slump: quick, hilarious, relatable, and..available at my local library. :) I laughed so many times while reading this book, and for the first time in a long time I didn't feel the need to check the page number with every turn. there were zero dull moments in this story, and it was exactly the kind of medicine required to end my slump. so I thank you, sue limb, and I recommend this to anyone who 1) likes reading but a) never has ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This really takes me back to my Princess Diaries/Georgia Nicholson days. I laughed out loud so many times at this story and I thought it was very well done considering the voice and such. Much like Jess, I was torn between loving Flora and wanting to push her off a very high cliff. Ben and Mackenzie were a bit vapid, but it was alright. Fred made up for it with his humor. Jess is absolutely hilarious and I would carry on reading this series if I didn't have other things to read. This book's very ...more
Aug 01, 2016 ellemaddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Girl, 15, Charming but Insane, ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS.

I read this book years ago in junior high school and I loved it. I didn't get much action in the love department but I got plenty from the fictional characters I read in books (a bit sad, i know). Back then this book was one my favourite along with all-american girl by Meg Cabot (sam saved the president from getting shot and fell in love with the president's son and she's artsy as heck!), confession of a teenage drama queen (re-read this dozens
Jan 25, 2009 Jaemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous, ya-fiction
I ran into this book while setting up one of the lists on the Read Something New page and the title cracked me up, so I went out front and picked it up.

Jess Jordan seems pretty sure of her station in life: she’s got a big bum, and no boy will ever notice her because her best friend, Flora, looks like a blonde goddess. Two goddesses, in fact. Venus and Flora. But this is alright by Jess, as she wants nothing to do with boys in that fashion anyway.

She’s rather fond of daydreaming away, instead of
Joanna Price
9th-12th grade. This British young adult novel features the fearless, witty Jess who struggles her way through her fifteenth year, with the help of best friends Flora and Fred. The protagonist is hilarious, causing the reader to laugh out loud in various places. She faces many a debacle, including her grandmother moving in, the mystery of why her parents split up, whether Ben does or does not like her back, whether her bum or her cleavage will ever be satisfactory, and other incredibly important ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jess Jordan has a crazy wild imagination that amplifies ordinary situations into hilarious comedies. She's obsessed with the size of her rear end (massive) and her chest (minuscule) and loves her best friend Flora dearly--except that Flora's so beautiful Jess is sure she looks like a baboon in comparison. She rarely sees her father, but he sends her made-up horoscope text messages every day. Her mother works as a librarian by day and an activist the rest of the time, so she doesn't even notice t ...more
Alexandria Jakupovic
The audio book is great! If I read this book, I might not have enjoyed it as much because at times I don't get the British humor, but no, this was great. Jess is a 15 year old girl who is a little boy obsessed who is trying to get through life with her best friend Flora and her used to be best friend Fred. I think what I enjoyed most is that Jess's mom is a librarian, feminist, war protestor. Other great things that happen in this book: Jess's grandma moves in with her and her mum, Jess goes to ...more
April Helms
As 15-year-old Jess goes through the school year, she realizes that she has her own gifts. A comic tale of a 15-year-old, her dissatisfaction with her looks, how she copes with a best friend whom she perceives as perfect and dealing with her high school crush.

This reads very much like a sitcom, or three or four episodes in that sitcom. It’s told third-person, but I kept wondering if it would have been better as first-person, the writing almost slips into first person at times. I thought it was
Striratna  Nityahayu
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Aug 19, 2007 Sookie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 14+
I got this very charming (but insane!) book on a dare. I'm not usually a fan of chick-lit (with an exception with Meg Cabot's books though). But I have to admit-this one was pretty good!
It was fun reading about the hilarious situations Jess always gets herself into (also, her dad sends her hilarious joke horoscopes throughout, though he's sort of a mystery man because he doesn't show up at all in this book).
She wants to be a standd-up comedian-and appropriately so!
I did have a few problems with
Oct 08, 2010 Scoot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book at the library. I just glanced at the back read a little of the synopsis and said, “Sure, why not”. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the witty repartee of Jess, especially with ‘longtime friend Fred’. Jess had a huge imagination that leaked over into real her life in so many ways. It was a refreshing change of pace reading this obviously British book because of the different terms and slang used throughout the story. The story ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. Normally I take umbrage with books that try to squeeze a laugh into every possible nook and cranny, but something about Jess's slightly odd sense of humour and blunt way of putting things had me giggling madly the whole time. She's a great character, and I would certainly hunt down the rest of the books in this series and read them if I wasn't morally opposed to sequels. I don't know why but I really DREAD them. The thought fills me not just with a dreary 'will it ever END??' sort ...more
what a funny book. I love how neurotic her worrying could get and how much she could just wind up her own story. Very good at showing how your point of view can be total tunnel vision!!!

But, I am still floored by how many teen books there are where the main character is a habitual liar? What makes lying...pointless and, even, harmful to yourself! How is that easier than the truth? I know when I was younger (I know, a different time, different generation, yadda yadda) I loved the brutal and uglin
Jan 02, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jess Jordan is a typical teenage girl who worries about looks and boys. All she wants to do is to get the guy of her dreams which just so happens to be Ben Johnson. she struggles with paying attention in class and getting good grades. Her mum is a librarian with a passion for causes, and her dad is an artist who lives 200 miles way in St. Ives, and he connects with her through text messages of daily horror scopes. Her best friend Flora is a beautiful rich girl who gets what she wants, Jess is al ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • The Year My Life Went Down the Loo (Emily, #1)
  • Vegan, Virgin, Valentine (V Valentine, #1)
  • Stop in the Name of Pants! (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #9)
  • My Cup Runneth Over: The Life of Angelica Cookson Potts
  • Guitar Girl
  • Me, In Between
  • Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
  • The Meaning of Life (Rachel Riley, #3)
  • Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls
  • A Room on Lorelei Street
  • Born to Rock
  • Dumped by Popular Demand (The Social Experiments of Dorie Dilts, #1)
  • I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President
  • The Sweetheart of Prosper County
  • All But Alice (Alice, #4)
  • She's a Witch Girl (Salem Witch, #3)
  • The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman

Other Books in the Series

Jess Jordan (7 books)
  • Girl, Barely 15: Flirting for England (Jess Jordan, #0.5)
  • Girl, Nearly 16: Absolute Torture (Jess Jordan, #2)
  • Girl, Going on 17: Pants on Fire (Jess Jordan, #3)
  • Girl, 16: Five Star Fiasco (Jess Jordan, #4)
  • Chocolate SOS (Jess Jordan, #5)
  • Party Disaster! (Jess Jordan, #6)

Share This Book

“Virgo: Your teddy bear will reveal that he is pregnant and will require counseling. ” 14 likes
“Jess actually dreaded having a boyfriend, because of having to tell her mum. Perhaps she would just avoid it until her mum eighty or something and in an old-people's home, and then Jess, who would by then be about fifty, would drop by and casually remark, "Oh, by the way, Mum, I've got a boyfriend." And even then her mum would probebly hurtle out of her wheelchair and smack her hard across the face, crying "You trash! You whore! Get outta my house--I mean, my room!" It was hard sometimes, being the daughter of a radical feminist who hated men. ” 12 likes
More quotes…