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Lottie Biggs is (not) Mad (Lottie Biggs #1)

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"My name is Lottie Biggs and in three weeks time, I will be fifteen years old. At school, most people call me Lottie Not-Very-Biggs. I've never found this particularly funny . . . My current hair colour is Melody Deep Plum which is not as nice as Melody Forest Flame but definitely better than the dodgy custard colour I tried last week . . ."

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Paperback, 229 pages
Published 2009 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Aug 15, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it
Lottie Biggs is (Not) Mad is a book that really surprised me. I expected a fun, light-hearted read, with nothing too serious sand instead got a funny, amazing, heart-warming book that also addressed some pretty complex issues in a believable way that I think most teenagers will really be able to relate to. Mental illness (or as Lottie refers to it, “a mental disturbance of a significant nature”) is a difficult subject to write about, so I commend Hayley Long for addressing it in the way she did ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
What I love most about Lottie Biggs Is (Not) Mad by Hayley Long is that it is extremely funny. Lottie Biggs is such a fun and endearing character that I couldn't help but fall in love with her pretty early on in the story. From hair-dye dramas to the wonderful little illustrations throughout, I was thoroughly entertained reading this book.

As Lottie writes about her life, school, her friends, her job and her enormous fascination with Gareth Stingecombe's manly thighs, I really got a great sense o
Mlle Pointillés
Apr 05, 2011 Mlle Pointillés rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth
En fait, je ne m'attendais pas du tout à ça...

Je pensais que ce serait léger, une version ado de la chick lit alors que sous ses airs de lecture facile, ce roman aborde un thème délicat, la maladie maniacodépressive, sous un jour totalement nouveau!
On ne tombe pas du tout dans le pathos de la maladie et au contraire, ça reste frais, innovant et drôle!

En bref, j'ai bien aimé cette lecture originale!

Autre point positif: J'ai beaucoup aimé le design du livre. Lottie rédige ce texte comme s'il s'agi
Aug 25, 2014 Aisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Use the blank page as my canvas and the rich vocabulary of the English language as my pallet.”

Lottie Biggs is a teen who’s about to go through a whole lot of drama. For her English coursework Lottie needs to write about a key event that went on in her life for creative writing unfortunately for her there’s more than one key event going on.

Lottie is a very creative and funny character, she’s likable and relatable. Lottie alongside her best friend, Goose works at “Sole Mates” a shoe shop. Things
Mar 14, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
I liked it a lot and would recommend it to people aged 12 - 16
Zed Whisper
Sep 02, 2014 Zed Whisper rated it it was amazing
When I started reading Lottie Biggs, I thought I was reading a diary of a rather strange girl. Lottie had random outbursts by doing rather unusual things, such as throw a hissy fit in the middle of an exam because she didn't know which age bracket she fell into. Lottie's thought process had me laughing one minute and worried the next.

Soon we realise that this isn't 'normal' teenage behaviour, but Lottie is suffering from a 'fairly significant mental disturbance.' She's had such episodes in the p
Dec 10, 2013 Amalie rated it really liked it
I've never laughed so hard out loud because of a book. I LOVE LOTTIE BIGGS!
I borrowed Lottie Biggs is (not) Mad from my library, and at the last page of the book, someone has written "A+" - I love the person who did that.

I don't have anything else to say, but... READ IT NOW
Leah Carragher
Apr 19, 2012 Leah Carragher rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable! Currently reading second one! :D
Jul 17, 2016 Arianne rated it really liked it
This book is great. It's one of those rare reads that surprises you so much that it's impossible not to want to re-read again and again. It's well-written, joyous and irreverent, all wrapped up in a startingly original and incredibly refreshing teen voice.

Lottie Biggs Is (Not) Mad tells the story of one slightly kooky, very outgoing teen girl as she battles boredom in her small town - not to mention the armful of issues that go along with it, including friendship, family, and perhaps most brill
Dec 30, 2011 Read2review rated it it was amazing
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Do you remember the Adrian Mole books by Sue Townsend? I used to love them. I had no idea that Lottie Biggs was along the same lines when I was sent the book by Macmillan but I couldn’t put it down once I started reading.

The story focused around Lottie Biggs and her life, best friend Goose, Boyfriend Gareth and her mom, especially her mom’s new relationship with Steve Giles. I love the pictures that accompanied the story. I felt like
Jul 19, 2009 Sophie rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, uk-author
Lottie Biggs is Not Mad is Hayley Long’s fantastic new novel. I definitely wasn’t expecting what I got.

I loved the idea behind this book. It’s Lottie’s Extended Personal Writing English coursework filled with pictures, drawings and lots of other very cool things. I wish my coursework was as cool as that! The extra bits were really great additions that completely made the book for me.

At some points I found Lottie to be a bit annoying. She was quite often rude and pretty self-involved, like a lot
Mar 17, 2011 Jenni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-author
I can't quite remember when I heard about Hayley Long's series of YA books about Lottie Biggs, though I think the conversation had something to do with Wales. The blurb on the back of the book grabbed me instantly, Lottie sounded like lots of fun and I couldn't wait to get reading.

The book takes the form of Lottie's English coursework - a piece of extended personal writing. She begins by writing about the general things she is doing; things that are happening at school, about the boy she fancie
Jul 30, 2012 Emmeline rated it really liked it
The author of this book had gone to my school and some of my friends had got the book as they had got to meet her but sadly I didn't. Two of my friends had this book and the cover looked very inviting. I like covers with color you see. Well, who doesn't? So it was really inviting and when I went to my local libary and saw it and I just wanted to read it.

I though the book was brilliant and I thought that maybe the book would be about romance or something like that and I also thought that it was w
Jan 17, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it
Somehow, this book ended up in my kindle app. I don't remember downloading it, and I am fairly certain my 15 yo son didn't either. Having said that, I am glad that it was there. I was looking for a light and enjoyable read, and this book did make me laugh in several places. About the middle of the book, though, the story gets serious as it deals with Lottie and her mental health issues. The book was insightful and touching, it dealt with the issues without preaching and I think any teenager stru ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
One of the few books that I've actually loved enough to read multiple times. Would recommend to any teenage girl
Jul 03, 2013 Anika rated it it was amazing
Lottie Biggs is not mad is a one of my all time favorite book . It was a rainy day,i entered the bookstore and found the book i fell in love with its cover instantly. It's a very light read with a lot of funny bits and laugh out loud moments ,heart warming friendship of goose and lottie and of course sublimely gorgeous boy Niel. It's about losing your head and finding yourself again with the help of those around you .After all these years i have read is countless times . Hayley long is a very gi ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Une lecture pétillante et décalée que j'ai beaucoup apprécié !
Jun 07, 2012 Tania rated it it was amazing
As far as comedys go i was far from AMAIZED by this book ..LOTTIE bigs is not mad is the first book in the LOTTIE series written by Hailey long who is the only author who never seizes to wipe a frown off my face ....

For starters ,yes lottie is indeed very mad and hilarious even though the cover seems to contradicte me ...Lottie is crazy which makes it soo intruiging and funny that i couldnt stop laughing and i never put the book down untill i was finished

Jul 16, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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Nov 13, 2011 Clarabel rated it liked it
Lottie a quinze ans et mène une vie à peu près normale, jusqu'au jour de son anniversaire où elle pique une crise de nerfs. En fait, Lottie découvre qu'elle souffre de maniaco-dépression mais ça ne veut pas dire qu'elle est cinglée ! Le roman raconte tout le travail à accomplir pour digérer la nouvelle, apprendre sur soi et tenter de se sentir mieux dans sa peau. Beaucoup de subtilité, et d'humour aussi. C'est très différent de ce qu'on imaginait au début !
Elen Caldecott
Apr 11, 2011 Elen Caldecott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult-s
I enjoyed this book from the moment it began. Lottie's descriptions of her world are very funny. She was great to spend time with. However, over the course of the book you slowly realise that it isn't all funny-ha-ha in Lottie's life. Through subtle hints, building to a great climax, you're reminded that teen-life has its dark side too. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Feb 08, 2016 Bev rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens
This reminded me of the Georgia Nicholson books, although I found this one slightly less funny. I like the character of Lottie though and will probably read the next book in the series at some point. This was a quick read that I got through in a few hours.
May 12, 2011 Eglantine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eglantine by: No one
i really enjoyed reading the start of this book because it was kind of funny (with the drawings on the sides of the page ), But then it went all serious and... sad, didn't think it was that good after all. (i read it in french)
Emilie G. rasmussen
Jun 13, 2013 Emilie G. rasmussen rated it really liked it
Mega god bog! Jeg kan godt lide den og målgruppen er nok teenagepiger fordi man jo følger en pige ved navn Charlotte Biggs i en Social-realistisk ungdoms roman.
Oct 06, 2011 Jazz rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, funny, emotional, witty and with a truly authentic teenage voice. This book is YA brilliance, I absolutely adored it and could not put it down!
Mar 10, 2011 Lore rated it really liked it
I remember this book froma while ago. I really liked it back them. I do remember the plot and it's pretty decent.
Dec 15, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I really enjoyed it. Really fun and cute and yet so thoughtful. Definitely a book you need to read! :)
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Not hooking me at the moment. Absolutely a reading mood thing. Will come back to at a later date
Holly Seymour
Apr 09, 2013 Holly Seymour rated it it was amazing
hilarious and sweet but at the same time it has a deeper meaning and good character development.
Ionie Hudson
this book was AMAZING i love every single second of it i just couldn't put it down
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