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Old School Ties

3.09 of 5 stars 3.09  ·  rating details  ·  123 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Tracey Mortimer is 33, stuck in a dull marriage that's only tolerable because her husband is rarely at home; and her days with two children are a never-ending round of kids' TV and alphabetti spaghetti. It's a long way from being the Most Popular Girl in the School ...

So when a TV company decides to make a reality-style show on a perfect school reunion it could be Tracey's
Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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Rea Sinfield
I have just finished reading Old School Ties by Kate Harrison, and decided to review it whilst it is still fresh in my mind as I do not feel it is a book which will make its mark on my brain!!

At the beginning of the book we are introduced to the main character, Tracey Mortimer. Tracey is looking back on her life to her school years which she absolutely loved although the same thing can not be said for many of her class mates. Tracey ruled the school people was afraid of her, she was a bully. Wh
After receiving this book on Friday, I have hardly been able to put it down until I finished it this morning. This is a great book, and is a fantastic effort from a first-time published author.

The book follows Tracey after she is offered the chance to star in a televised school reunion. She thought she was the most popular girl in the class, but it soon becomes clear that not all of her classmates felt the same. Now that Tracey is married with two children, all she wants is to recapture her yout
Tracey Mortimer was a queen; she was a leader in fashion, had the best looking boyfriend and always got what she wanted. But that was back in 1984 when she was seventeen. Now Tracey is 33, she's a boring suburban house mum, with an unfaithful husband and has since learnt that you don't always get everything you want.

Tracey's life has not turned out as she might have imagined when she was seventeen, and now more and more Tracey is thinking about her glory days when she was queen of the school and
Were you bullied at school? Or were you the bully?
The clever thing about this book is that you think it's going to be pretty black and white - bully bad - victim who overcame bullying good but it's really not that straightforward.
I was bullied at school so I didn't think I would feel any sympathy for the main character who as it turns out didn't even realise that you was the school bully BUT the more you read the more you realise that she's just as messed up as the woman who survived the bully
Old School Ties is a decent novel, nothing spectacular but not necessary bad. The story is about Tracy, a woman in her thirties who is living a humdrum existence with a husband she hates and she hasn't done anything with her life. Tracy longs to go back in time to when she was the most popular girl in school, however she gets her chance when she applies for a television programme interested in school reunions.

This story really proves that its really true that bullies don't succeed in life, any p
Tracey Mortimer was the Queen of her high school. When Tracey spots an ad to make a reality TV show about the perfect school reunion, she jumps at the chance. Tracey is a suburban housewife with a cheating husband and two kids who dislike her.

When Tracey starts to get in touch with her old schoolmates she is not prepared for the outcome. It turns out that Tracey was a bully. She terrorized, humiliated and treated her classmates awfully. What is really sad is that Tracey does not even realize wha
Helene Harrison
Review - I think the main character in Old School Ties, Tracey, is almost 2D because she comes across as having changed so much it's hardly even plausible. The emotion seems dry and forced rather than real. After reading two of Kate Harrison's novels, I think that she lacks some of the va-va-voom to make her novels addictive. The storylines tend to be well-thought-out but they do seem to drag on occasionally without enough action to sustain them. She has potential but in this novel it's not bein ...more
This is the first chick lit novel I've read in a long time. There weren't any great shakes in the plot; an unhappy middle aged woman applies to be on a reality TV show revolving around school reunions. Despite this, I found it incredibly hard to read, monotonous and with a dislikable main character. The irony wasn't lost on me that Tracey had been a bully at school (as viewed by her peers) and 17 years later her daughter is being bullied. Predictably I thought the protagonist would be changed by ...more
Not finished :(
It was a good story - the main character not very likeable - but ok and I ended up feeling very sorry for her and the helplessness she felt about her life and family. I would personally love to go to a school reunion - but with it being a girls school some of the drama here would not happen! Also I was bullied a little - but managed to get something done about it so it wasn't a big part of my school life as I had very good friends.
An easy read, but there were no "nice" characters in the book bar one. Makes you glad you are not at school!
I previously read The Secret Shopper Unwrapped by the same author and wasn't too impressed with it so likewise I don't really have that much high hopes for this one . I find this book pretty okay; can't say it's bad but it's not good either .

What I did like was the growing relationship between Tracey and Helen (or Boris, in the book) . It was the only redeeming factor.
Janet Barclay
A light, entertaining read that makes you ponder the differences between the way we perceive ourselves and the way that others see us.

It's not often that simply reading a book will cause a song to stick in my head for days... in this case it was "True" by Spandau Ballet.
An okay read. Kate's books have improved massively since this first one. I wasn't keen on Tracey, which made this a tough read in a lot of respects. I did like the fact that it wasn't a typical HEA ending, though, with no firm resolution about Tracey's life.
Okay, but didn't really like any of the characters except Boris, so that's why it loses a star. Both Tracey and Suzanne deserved each other...couldn't understand why Bob remained so obsessed with Tracey after all that time.
Claire Sayan
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It was an ok read but I was a little disappointed.
it was ok. bit slow to start and took a while to get into it
Ann Croft
it was ok but not the most exciting book to read
Sherri Hunter
Didn't hold my interest
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Kate was born in Wigan, and lived in more than a dozen places when she was growing up, including England, Scotland, and the Netherlands. She trained as a print journalist and then worked for the BBC as a reporter and Education Correspondent, before switching to behind the scenes producing on programmes including Newsround and Panorama. Her final 'proper' job involved coming up with TV programme id ...more
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