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Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb
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Jul 25, 2010

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bookshelves: young-adult-fiction, chick-lit, funny, teenagers, romance, borrowed-from-the-library
Read in June, 2007

Jess Jordan is a fifteen year old comedic genius. Unfortunately, her rapier wit is often eclipsed by her best friend Flora, who is gorgeous, brilliant, popular, and an expert in making Jess completely crazy. Jess finds refuge from the pains of her adolescence with her friend, Fred, but she’s dying (absolutely dying) to go out with the fantastically handsome Ben Jones. When Flora starts dating Ben’s best friend Mackenzie, Jess has an opportunity to hang out with Ben. He’s…a lot different than she thought – rather dull, has no conversation to speak of, and constantly asks about Flora. The nerve.

Jess and Fred have a series of misunderstandings and stop speaking to one another, which ends up being the worst thing Jess has ever experienced (the latest in the series of worst things ever). And things don’t get any better. Jess’ brilliant idea saves Mackenzie’s band from being a total washout, but she doesn’t get any credit for it. Then, she gets ill right before she’s supposed to perform her original monologue for her stand-up routine and *Flora* gets to perform it – totally stealing the show. *Then* Flora breaks up with Mackenzie and wants to date Fred. Why does Flora get everything? Jess is about to scream with frustration.

It all turns out just fine in the end. And Jess gets her man. The one she *really* wants.

It’s a bit silly, and very girly, and very British and very, very hysterical. Jess Jordan’s life is even more amusing than Georgia Nicholson’s (the femme protagonist from Louise Rennison’s books). I enjoyed her immensely – especially when her sarcasm, her ability to laugh at herself, and her true talents began to emerge.
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