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Girls Out Late (Girls #3)

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Ellie has a boyfriend! Interested in her - not in her best friends, Magda and Nadine! She and Russell are made for each other - drawn together by their shared enjoyment of art. If only Dad thought Russell was perfect too... And as Ellie runs into trouble with a parent who thinks his daughter is too young for after-dark trysts in the park with oh-so-gorgeous Russell, Magda ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published 2003 by Corgi (first published 1999)
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Aug 17, 2007 Chantelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
i heard about da book i would like 2 read it
Janelle Dazzlepants
Dec 11, 2008 Janelle Dazzlepants rated it it was amazing
A cute, but honest and believable portrayal of young teenage girls trying to deal with boys, parents and school. Elly, Nadine and Magda often veer off the path and are led astray by boys and other kids their age, but the subject matter isn't too raunchy and is tasteful and humorous.
Aug 04, 2009 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This, I decided, was more of a middle school book than a high school book. The main characters are about 9th grade age, and it has a plot that seems typically middle-schoolish...drama and boyfriend/girlfriend troubles. There were a couple of times when I thought the plot might take a more realistic turn (high school) but it came out of the incidents without any complications. I thought it was too predictable.
Jan 03, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it
In this latest installment in the English series about chubby Ellie, boy-crazy Magda, and elegant Nadine, a lighter issue is the focus of the plot: curfews. Ellie at last has a real boyfriend, but her desire to meet with him is stronger than the desire to get home on time, much to the frustration and worry of her father and young stepmother. A subplot of a crush on the new art teacher is sweet and easy to relate to.

Woodson's engaging heroine is the everygirl equivalent to Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
May 28, 2010 Bahar rated it liked it
its possibly the one n only book dat my best frnd has read.she told me the story n i liked it.i asked her to lend me the book,but as they were halfway through shifting then,she misplaced it.i'll buy it as soon as i can....

i've read it now..its not bad but also not like,very good..still,a fun read.
Jan 28, 2012 Abbey rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, chick-lit
This is another thoroughly entertaining teen read from Jacqueline Wilson. This book dealt with a lot of a issues many teenagers face including curfews, having crushes on teachers, managing a boyfriend alongside friendships, taking risks and telling lies. I found this book quite funny compared to the others; particularly Ellie's relationship with Russell. Although I did find Russell to be very selfish and Ellie to easily forgive him. Overall, a very good read, dealing with a lot of issues teenage ...more
I've read a few of Jacqueline Wilson's books by now, and I do recall quite liking Double Act and not disliking whatever the other one I read was - though nothing too special, she can write a very natural, realistic voice for a young girl.

This book, however... wow no. See, to ME, it just wasn't that realistic - nor were any of the characters likable. I swapped it through because I'm more keen on sending out my books to good homes that I'll swap with almost anything that sounds
Nov 27, 2011 Yara rated it really liked it
Amazinggg book !!! really interesting book !!! I found this book suiting for teenage girls and had the cases most of our girls' generation is passing through !! :D I suggest my friends to read it , although , one of my friends who already read it , also convinced me to read it =) Anyways , rally nice book , that talks about a girl's life ... about her .. being late at night ... because she has been going with a boy she met at Mcdonalds ... but her dad gets mad because she comes home late and ... ...more
'Girls Out Late' by Jacqueline Wilson

These books are just too easy to read! The girls may be roughly the same age as me but there doing much different things than I do. They do things much different than the rebelist girls I know. Like I've said for the other two books, the plot is for older kids but the writing for young children.

I must admit I love the relationship between Ellie and Russell. It's romantic but kissing the first time they meet? That's just a bit wrong. Especially since Ellie is
Mar 22, 2012 Ames rated it it was amazing
"Dont stay out too late will you Ellie" "No Mum ill be home by nine"

Girls Out Late is a amazing book so far. Its about a girl called Ellie and her best friends Magda and Nadine. One night Ellie and her friends go out for late night shopping but it all goes wrong!!! Ellie meets this guy called Russell and somehow they both fall in love with each other and Russell walks Ellie home but Ellie is tempted to stay out even later. Ellie gets home and is grounded for the rest of the week and she is hart
Apr 10, 2012 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Jacqueline Wilson! This book is one of my personal favourites as early high school i could relate to what the girls do in the story to what me and my friends got up to at the weekends. Although it is quite simply written and it isnt overly long i absolutely love it. It made me laugh alot, mainly to the fact that i could remember the real life situations that compare to the story. I think she is a fantastic author.
Apr 14, 2012 Erica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Younger girls
Shelves: childhood
When I was younger, I read all of Jacqueline's books and all books of this series were my favorite ones! As I got older though, I didn't appreciate her books as much but I still love the creativity and thought behind each one of them and I will remember them as a big part of my childhood.

Because the language is pretty easy, her books were the first ones I ever read in English. I still today recommend her books to younger girls I know, and I hope that they will find the same joy as I did while r
Nóri Somogyi
Dec 05, 2013 Nóri Somogyi rated it really liked it
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Oct 23, 2012 Chloe rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 11 - 14 year olds
Girls Out Late is the THIRD book in the series about best friends Ellie, Magda and Nadine.
**Contains MODERATE spoilers**
Next to her glamorous mates Magda and Nadine, Ellie feels she is the most babyish out of all of them. So when a charming, good-looking boy hits on her during a trip out, she is shocked that he chose her rather than gorgeous Magda or cool goth Nadine.
But is life really THAT great with a boyfriend?
Jan 30, 2014 Annabel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Dame Jacqueline Wilson (a very deserved title!) is, in my opinion, the best contemporary children's writer. She writes perfectly, in content, theme, style and accessibility for children from aged 6 to 13 (ish - of course this varies among children). She writes flawlessly for children, I could not find a single fault.

She is never patronizing and introduces young people to important life issues such as love, poverty, friendship, adolescence, separated parents, illnesses and so much more, in a mann
May 28, 2016 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenage girls
Recommended to Charlotte by: A friend
The third book of the series and here we see Ellie find a love interest, her new boyfriend Russell and how she deals with the pressures and situations that come with being in a relationship. Another great book in the series.
Alannah Clarke
Jul 14, 2013 Alannah Clarke rated it liked it
I remember really loving this series but this book was probably my least favourite. Still I really love that Wilson manages to get the voice of a young teenage girl without sounding patronising to her young readers. An excellent read for any girl as the book captures the voice of a young teenage girl and her worries.
Oct 05, 2013 Rina rated it really liked it
This is a book that there is a girl who goes out of her house at 6:00 to go out with her friends. She promises her dad that she will come back home at 8:00 however, they find the boys that they like and they flirt. By the time she gets home.....................

This is kind of like a love story but with some humour. If you want to know more about what happens i recommend you to read the book.

Rina Umeda
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
Another quick read, where the series picks up where it left off in the last book.

Maga is still totally boy crazy, Nadine has that who emo thing going on and Ellie is there for her friends but still feeling very much fat and frumpy.

Ellie gets her first boyfriend and gets the inevitable 'who me' when he wants to talk to her and not her friends. Although her friends don't seem so supportive in the beginning they are they when she needs them, and even help her in her rough patch.

All the girls find t
Oct 03, 2014 Eloise rated it liked it
Girls out late by Jacqueline Wilson
Elie is passionated whit art, she would like the get a graphic artist. Her life is very hard, because her mother died when she was little and now she has a smaller half brother. Elie is a girl that is going out. But once, she goes out and at the place she goes, she sees a "good looking" boy, he doesn't look like one of the guys that is nerdy. She sees that this guy has a pencil in his hand and a notebook. But she would like to know what she's scratching in his
Keira Ephraims
Oct 15, 2014 Keira Ephraims rated it did not like it
I revisited this book from my early teens to have a laugh at what I used to read. Not only do I think it's highly inappropriate for teens to believe its acceptable to arrive home at midnight at age 14 which I remember puzzling me greatly, I also think that Jacqueline's teens were far different to the ones of the girls described in the book.
It's a cute read but completely unbelievable and found myself doing a giant eye roll throughout the evening.
Dec 07, 2014 Liz rated it did not like it
i completely forgot how stupid this book is. i enjoyed the previous ones because they were relatable and taught some kind of lesson but this one was just plain stupid. i hated ellies relationship with russell and she was just acting completely weird with him. he seems like an extremely creepy guy and i didn't like him at all. every single one of the situations described in this book seemed a little over the top and and i kind of started disliking ellie and her way of thinking.
Apr 20, 2015 Brittany rated it really liked it
i liked this one it was ausen i even read some of the other ones it sounds realistic the what i love about this book and others .
Mia  Bakhthiar
May 30, 2015 Mia Bakhthiar rated it it was ok
Oh God I literally do not like Ellie and I find her character so annoying. Thus, it was difficult to like the story itself. Personally did not enjoy this one.
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Title: Girls Out Late
Series: Girls #3
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Overall Rating: 3 stars

In some ways, this is my favourite in the series.

But in other ways, it's my least favourite. But I think it all comes down to the age thing.

Reading this at the age it was intended for, I loved it, I thought Russell was so nice and I loved the idea of breaking Curfew. However, now, I just see Ellie as kind of stupid and boy obsessed, she's 14. It doesn't matter if y
Siobhan Johnson
Jan 01, 2016 Siobhan Johnson rated it it was amazing
When I was younger, I read all of Jacqueline's books and all books of this series were my favourite ones! I still love the creativity and thought behind each one of them and I will remember them as a big part of my childhood.

I still today recommend her books to younger girls I know, and I hope that they will find the same joy as I did while reading her books.
Jul 21, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-star
The third in the "Girls" series, as Ellie and her friends start exploring relationships. Wilson expertly tackles issues surrounding teenaged friendship when boys become involved! I recall much of this book emphasising issues surrounding consent and stranger danger, as the three friends go to a concert and decide to go off with some shady boys in a van they have only just met.

I really enjoyed this book and re-read it many times as a young teen myself. I was upset when the series ended, although a
Saoirse Sterling
Jul 16, 2016 Saoirse Sterling rated it did not like it
Read as part of the #InfiniteVariety2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.

Don't get in to strangers' vans, kids.
Reading done by Anna♥
My personal opinion...!!

This book was probably the only book in the Girls series I wanted to finish and didn't feel disgusted... ( If you read Girls under pressure you might know what I mean )
I loved this series when I was younger, and I was delighted to find that these books have held up well now I'm older. Wilson deftly paints a nuanced portrayal of teenage life, and doesn't shy away from tackling complex and sometimes dark topics just because her books are primarily aimed at children. Forsyth's narration is spot on, and really made the characters come alive. I'll definitely be buying the whole series, as I will be coming back to these over and over again,
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more
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“umm... abit gross it kinda about boyfriend and girlfriend kinda going throw then they break up then they love each other then they make up again and the girl father said u have to come home until 9pm but the girls want more time to be with her boyfriend :)” 7 likes
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