Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras (Mates, Dates #1)
Brit author Cathy Hopkins helps teen girls get a grip on life with this insightfully sassy novel starring three close-knit pals.
When "Wacko Watkins" assigns the class a writing project about themselves, Lucy Lovering is not optimistic. Her parents are health foodloving hippies, her best friend, Izzie, has become buds with the knockout Nesta, a
Fourteen year old Lucy wishes she was everything she's not, taller, to have bigger boobs, brunette, funnier, flirtier, less babyish looking, blessed with less embarrassing parents. Unfortunately for Lucy she learns that just wishing something would happen doesn't make actually happen. When she is faced with a...more
* Overwhelming British slang and usage.
* Amusing use of language.
* Low-stakes, gentle conflict.
* The conflict is too low-stakes and gentle. Nothing ever seems to have much emotional resonance, even things which really should. There's a constant baseline freaking-out level, but nothing seems to be more important than anything else. Lucy's feelings about her best friend having a new best friend are about equal to her feelings about having a lousy school assignment or getting a bad hair...more
Also, it was really cool to see a group of three girls who start...more
What was being written and the language used are things that actually happen to the english teen. Also, what Lucy thought and said were exactly the kinds of things that were zooming through my head at 14. The fact that Lucy got panicked over really silly things and overthinking what people had said- almost paranoid in some parts - was exacly the things that I did.
Especially when it came to friendships.
Also, I liked how everyhting was trea...more
I found myself laughing and loving this story, it reminded me a lot of what forming into a teenager was like. The main character is Lucy Lovering. A 14 year old girl followed by her best friend since elementary school Izzie and a new girl Nesta. They were all given an assignment by their teacher, Wacko Watkins as they call her, to write about themselves; their likes dislikes, what they want to do when their older. Lucy is stuck. Shes unsure about herself, unsure about her under...more
I can connect to this because I fifth grade the same thing happened to me. You see, It was in fifth grade and this new girl gloriela came along and she kept on hanging out with my friends. And this is what happened to lucy, she felt like as if Nesta...more
Author: Cathy Hopkins (Audio)
Genre: Young Adult
Challenges: 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge, Read and Review Challenge 2010, 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge, 100 + Reading Challenge, Young Adult Reading Challenge, YA Through the Decades, Audio Book Challenge 2010, Pages Read 2010, A to Z challenge
No. of Pages: 160
Published: 2002 Bolinda Publishing
Back Cover: A turning point is exactly what Lucy does NOT want. Everything is ch...more
This was a humourous, easy read th...more
It felt like a young teen's Sarra Manning. Which is probably why I moved on to her once I'd read these books and grown up a little.
When you're fourteen you feel so grown up - then you have to make choices. You have to, effectively, decide what you're going to do with your life. You have to chose your GCSEs And my god, that's hard.
Lucy is a nice character, struggling with growing up, leaving childhood.
I love this series because it's so girly, which every girl n...more
Talks much about the vital transition period in a girls life. Good thing is, it emphasizes the need of teens & anybody in general to pursue their interests as careers.
I love motivation but I didn't pick this book because of that, it was a random buy and it was as good.
I remember reading all twelve of them several times but the first one was the one dearest to my heart.
Really fun to take a walk down memory lane and remembering my teenage-self.
Good for the pre-teen who likes relationship books.
this is a short review of all the books i read in the series. the rating, however, is per each book.
i read these books when i was 13-14. at that time i enjoyed reading them. However, the writing is average, the plot borders stupid, and many of the characters are one dimensional, even seteriotypical.
all in all, i would't recommand it now as there are far better books in the genre as well as the age target. which was not the case at my tim...more