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The Ice Cream Girls

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  5,433 ratings  ·  560 reviews
As teenagers Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed ‘The Ice Cream Girls’ by the press and were dealt with by the courts.

Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while married mother-of-two
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Hardcover, 452 pages
Published 2010 by Sphere
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Dem
The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson was an interesting and easy to read novel.
As School girls Poppy and Serena were the only witnesses to a tragic event. They both end up in different ways paying the price and become known as the Ice Cream Girls. Years later Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what happened while Serena wants no one in her present life to find out about her past. But secrets have a habit of coming back to haunt and this is certainly the case for the Ice Cream Girls
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Sian
I could NOT put this book down.
So different to Dorothy Koomson's other books but her best book in my opinion.

I love the characters of Serena and Poppy, and is a shame they couldnt stand each other because they are so alike.
Serena was a very strong character, much stronger than Poppy at times. But I did prefer Poppy. She went through a lot despite being innocent. And in the end it was good to see her "catch a break" as far as her personal life went.

Marcus was scum of the earth and he deserved
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Anne
The Ice Cream Girls is one of the most cleverly crafted novels that I have read for a long time. It would be so easy to judge this book by it's cover and assume that it's going to be frothy chick-lit - don't fall for the cover - this is a psychological thriller that gripped me from page one and kept me hooked until the very last page.
The story is narrated in turns by Serena and Poppy - the 'Ice Cream Girls' of the title. Serena and Poppy were never friends but their lives have been linked togeth
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Barbara Elsborg
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Neide Parafitas
À primeira vista, este livro parece ser um docinho... mas é muito mais do que isso. É intenso e dramático também!!

Este livro conta a história de 2 jovens: Serena Gorringe e Poppy Carlisle, que têm como ponto comum terem cometido "um erro inocente" ao apaixonarem-se por um professor de história, de nome Marcus. Por detrás de uma óptima reputação, Marcus é tudo menos o que fazem dele!

Aproveitando-se do facto das 2 jovens se terem apaixonado por ele e através de vários esquemas e agressões físicas,
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Rutee
Foi a minha estreia com autora e adorei! :)
Dale Harcombe
Two and a half stars. I debated for a long while over a rating for this. In the end I gave it two and a half stars because it was okay but I couldn’t say I liked it. That no doubt has a lot to do with the subject matter. Serena and Poppy stand trial for the torture and murder of Marcus, an ex teacher. Poppy is convicted of the murder and gets sentenced while Serena does not. However she still lives each day with what happened and the secret she has kept from her husband.
While it kept me reading,
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Ari
I really did not like reading this book. As an American I found it hard to believe because the press, in fact the whole case was ridiculous. I'm no expert on the American justice system but USUALLY what happens over here is in a case where an adult is sleeping with a teenager (minor), it's considered rape. People do not immediately jump to the conclusion that the teenager SEDUCED the GROWN MAN/WOMAN. And yet that is exactly what happens in The Ice Cream Girls. The press is slimy and the courts a ...more
Maria
Este foi, sem qualquer dúvida, o melhor livro que li de Dorothy Koomson. Com uma estória cativante desde o início, “Um erro inocente” conta como duas jovens de 15 anos foram ludibriadas por um homem sem escrúpulos, pelo qual se apaixonaram e se entregaram avassaladoramente. Por detrás de um disfarce de professor de história bem comportado, Marcus leva uma vida de pedófilo sem que ninguém se aperceba. Consegue atrair a sua aluna Serena para aulas extracurriculares e daí até esta se apaixonar por ...more
Filipa
Dorothy Koomson é sem dúvida uma excelente contadora de histórias, engendra sempre tramas de uma maneira credível e que nos deixa a pensar sobre as possíveis situações em que coloca as suas personagens.
Neste livro isso não é diferente.

A história gira à volta de duas meninas de 15 anos que têm a infelicidade de se cruzar com um professor que não tem apenas o ensino na cabeça. . . um professor que usa a sua profissão para ter acesso directo e com facilidade a miúdas frágeis, inseguras, tímidas e r
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Joana
Bem, que livro! A história envolveu-me e revoltou-me profundamente e tem-me conseguido tirar o sono nestas últimas noites. A personagem principal masculina é desprezível, no mínimo. À medida que a história avançava ia-se tornando cada vez mais perturbadora e mais longe eu estava de imaginar o que se tinha, realmente, passado na noite em que Serena e Poppy se encontraram, uma vez mais, com o dito personagem e este acabou morto. Além de o enredo em si ser bastante forte, a autora escreve maravilho ...more
Janeka
No segundo livro que leio da autora, Dorothy Koomson não me desiludiu.

Apesar de ser uma história um pouco mais dark, é uma escrita comovente, e dei por mim completamente envolvida na história.

É também assustador, e real, até que ponto o tipo de relação que a Poppy e a Serena tinham com Marcus.

Muito obrigada à Ne do Clube BlogRing, pelo empréstimo!
Mafi
Uau! Adorei! A história prendeu.me do inicio até ao fim! E sempre estive muito cursiosa e ansiosa por saber quem afinal tinha matado Marcus. O final foi surpreendente.
Cata
O primeiro amor é sempre marcante. Para alguns mais do que para outros. Poppy e Serena tinham quinze anos quando conheceram o seu primeiro amor. Mas o que parece um sonho, rapidamente se transforma num pesadelo que as atormentará durante mais de vinte anos. Ele era Marcus e abusou delas fisica, psicológica e emocionalmente, até que apareceu morto na sua casa. Serena e Poppy são acusadas de homícidio e apelidadas pela imprensa d’ “As Meninas do Gelado”. Durante o processo Serena é inocentada e Po ...more
Blair
The cover and title, which both suggest a fluffy chick-lit book, didn't attract me to this (I'm really annoyed that I now have to have those hated pastel colours messing up my 2011 Reading Challenge page); but I'd gathered from several sources that it was actually a gripping thriller, and from all I'd heard and read about it, I was intrigued enough to pick it up when I spotted it in the library. The Ice Cream Girls - the title referring to a nickname bestowed upon the main characters by the tabl ...more
Tânia
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Leah
After the murder of teacher Marcus Halnsley, Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe find themselves suddenly in the glare of the worlds’ media. Poppy ends up convicted of the crime and gets life in prison whereas Serena gets to walk free. Years later Poppy gets released from prison and is determined to clear her name and get Serena to confess to killing Marcus. Serena, however, wants to keep the past firmly where it is: in the past as she never actually got around to telling her husband Evan about t ...more
Amma
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was essentially about 2 young girls, Poppy and Serena, who were abused and taken advantage of by a sick and predatory older man. He wound up dead having suffered a fatal stab wound to the heart and one girls ends up serving 20 years for it. This is my problem- despite the failings of our Criminal justice system I fail to believe that the media and courts would have been so quick to paint the deceased as the victims nad the two teenagers as partner's in c ...more
Gemma
Feb 20, 2012 Gemma rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: drama
I think this is more of a 2.5 but, when I finished my boyfriend asked "was it good" and I just replied, "it was ok". Which disappointed me, because after reading the back, and the first few chapters it started off really good and I was gripped. But it lost a bit of it's charm, it was a tough subject, domestic violence, abuse, murder which I felt was handled really well. I can't Quite put my finger on what spoiled it for me.

The story was told through the eyes of the two 'Ice Cream Girls' Poppy &
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Boof
Despite the appearance of the cover (which although it didn’t put me off, I am convinced that it will disuade others from even picking it up to read the blurb on the back) this is more pyschological thriller than chicklit.

The Ice Cream Girls has two narrators: Serena Gorringe and Poppy Carlisle. The book starts with a newspaper clipping reporting the story of the trial of two teenage girls accused of the murder of history teacher who is reported to have been the victim of a jealous school girl
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Tempo de Ler
Koomson é absolutamente fenomenal neste livro!
O nível de distinção que a autora conseguiu alcançar entre as personalidade de Poppy e Serena é brilhante: ambas arrastam o passado para o presente - reflexo dos traumas comuns que viveram - mas condicionadas também pelos diferentes rumos que as suas vidas tomaram a partir daquele fatídico ponto de divergência.

Na adolescência, Poppy e Serena foram seduzidas pelo professor de História, Marcus, o que resultou num triângulo amoroso doentio e violento
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Julia Ibbotson
A little disappointed as I had read a couple of other Dorothy Koomson and loved them (especially Rose Petal Beach). I love psychological thrillers, but this one was somewhat hard to swallow in its implausibility. The whole plot rests on the accusation that two young teenage girls had been tried for the murder of a respected teacher some years previously. However they were underage when the abuse began and therefore the trial is odd; surely mitigating circumstances would have played a major part? ...more
Jane
I would give 4.5 stars if that was an option as I have to take off the half because I felt quite ill in the abuse scenes...I guess that's all credit to Ms Koomson for being able to make you feel that way. She is an amazing writer and it was a real page turner towards the end. Hard to acknowledge that this actually goes on let alone write about it with such clarity and depth of understanding.
Betty
I am in awe of Koomson. This book was compelling right from the start. Its subject matter- of domestic violence and manipulation- is tough; however, Koomson explores the psychological effects of it all with understanding and at the same time has you on the edge of your seat wanting to find out how it is all resolved.
Mistery
[wrote in Portuguese] The Complete Review/A Opinião Completa: http://the-place-of-words-and-letters...

*Poderá conter SPOILERS*

Este é o 5.º livro que leio da autora. Esta é a autora que melhor conheço em termos de escrita, construção das personagens, estrutura das obras, etc. Conheço a maneira como aborda os assuntos pesados nas suas obras. Como nos faz refletir imenso sobre a vida. Não se deixem enganar pela linda capa e pelo título "Um Erro Inocente", porque aquele erro nada tem de inocente!

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Jenny  (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie)
An excellent and gripping story. Really well written and full of emotion. I really really enjoyed this book.
Katie (It's Time to Read) Leversuch
This story is narrated by Poppy and Serena, who had their lives changed by a man called Marcus. He is a teacher who lets them fall in love with him, and then abuses them. And then he is murdered. Poppy is jailed but is adamant she was not his killer. When she is realised she is determined to make Serena confess, but Serena is trying to keep her past hidden. She is now married with two children – although her husband does not about who she is – one of the “Ice Cream Girls” as the media dubbed the ...more
Sarrah
I bought this book purely by making judgements on the cover thinking it was some fluffy chick-lit novel.

When I got home, I found myself reading a psychological thriller that I could not put down or could for a few hours but simply had to read on to find out what happened to Serena and Poppy the so called 'Ice Cream Girls'. The novel begins with Poppy being freed from prison for murdering a teacher, Marcus when she was a teenager. Years have passed and Poppy begins to search for the truth about
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Andreia Silva
Dorothy Koomson apresenta-nos com este "Um Erro Inocente" um romance diferente. Tinha lido da autora "A Filha da Minha Melhor Amiga" que apela às nossas emoções e que no fim de contas é um romance fofinho e enternecedor. Neste livro temos o mistério. Temos o medo de não saber bem em quem confiar e de não ter a certeza de quem é a pessoa culpada. É muito bem escrito e muito bem pensado. Nem o facto de no meio dos capítulos (alternados entre as duas personagens sendo isso referenciado no inicio de ...more
Linda Humberstone
A quick read thoroughly addressing the problems of both physical and mental abuse, which is of course what the author wanted to do. The subject matter did make my flesh crawl and the book highlights how easy it is for inexperienced young girls to be groomed for perverts and misogynists such as the despicable Marcus. The effect these events had on Serena and Poppy, (Marcus' voice always in their heads taunting them), lasts throughout the book and I expect in real life victims of this type of abus ...more
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Hello, my name's Dorothy Koomson and I'll try to make this bit that's all about me as interesting as possible.
I wrote my first novel called There's A Thin Line Between Love And Hate when I was 13. I used to write a chapter every night then pass it around to my fellow convent school pupils every morning, and they seemed to love it.

I grew up in London and then grew up again in Leeds when I went to u
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