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Starring Kitty

(Reel Friends #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Sometimes the greatest love stories happen behind the scenes…

Kitty's keeping secrets. Like how she's struggling to cope with her mum's illness. And how she's falling for the girl with the purpley-red hair... A fun film competition with her friends Sunny and Hannah seems like the perfect distraction. But then Dylan wants to be more than Kitty's secret. Is Kitty ready to le
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by Catnip Publishing
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E I wonder if the OP had the same confusion as me - Dylan is traditionally a boy's name, especially in the UK, so the blurb talks about Kitty liking a g…moreI wonder if the OP had the same confusion as me - Dylan is traditionally a boy's name, especially in the UK, so the blurb talks about Kitty liking a girl, but then someone called Dylan wants to be more than her secret. I thought at first glance that these were two separate characters - the unnamed girl with colourful hair that she likes, AND a boy called Dylan that she is keeping secret for some unexplained reason!(less)

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This is a really lovely book that I would definitely recommend, and I'm looking forward to reading the later books in the series…but I had to stop reading this one (which I got as an early ARC) for embarrassing personal reasons. Kitty's mum has a serious chronic illness which shares a lot of symptoms with my own. The situation is written beautifully, and Kitty's emotional reactions to it feel absolutely true and wrenching…

…but I just couldn't keep on reading it after one particularly wrenching s
This is really cute, and I don't know if it's coming to the US, but I really hope it is - it fits in exactly a huge gap in LGBTQ kidlit, featuring an MC and LI who are 14 and 15, respectively, and absolutely appropriate for younger readers reading up. She also has a hijabi best friend, and race/microaggressions are addressed along with the story, and I think she might be a future main character as well, since my sense is each of three best friends will get her own book. (ETA: Apparently she alre ...more
Abi Elphinstone
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kitty is a gloriously 'real' character. After calling Dylan for the first time in a fluttery panic/moment of excitement, she hangs up ‘and then hit[s] herself on the forehead with the phone’ and after speaking with Dylan face-to-face, she ends up saying she lives in a completely different part of town than she actually does just so that she can walk a little while longer with Dylan. The reader will empathise with Kitty at every step of the story - she's not some elaborately-drawn fictional chara ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written story about a young girl, Kitty, not even 15 years old, who has known she likes girls for a long time but has not done anything more about it than worry and stress. So yes we meet her shortly before coming out. We watch her as she tries not to stare at Dylan in the coffeeshop, a sophisticated girl she has come to fancy. Kitty's thoughts are frequently cute or hilarious throughout the book.

She's grounded by two best friends, Hannah and Sunny and glad of them as her mother
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed this book, even more than I thought I would! I loved Kitty, especially the way she worries about whether what she is saying is stupid. I especially loved her family, her teasing brother Tom, sweet little Grace, and her parents both struggling to know exactly what to tell their children.

Thank you Keris Stainton, for another utterly delightful story. Now I just need a time machine so that I can read the next books sooner!
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This review was posted on AbsoBookingLutely.

My mum reviews books for Letterbox Library and reads a LOT of children's and 'middle grade' books. It's not often that she is seriously impressed by something, so when she said she had been sent something I absolutely had to read, I was pretty excited about it. When she revealed it to be Starring Kitty, I was even more excited because I've been wanting to read this ever since I first heard about it. So naturally, I smuggled it home and returned it the
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on my blog on 2nd April 2015. You can find it here.

There is a moment when you start reading a book and you just know that you’re reading a book that you’ll love. This happened to me on the very first page of Starring Kitty. I just instantly knew this book was going to be fantastic and I was not wrong. There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how much I loved this book. It was cute, quirky and just full of wonderful and amazing characters. This is
Put simply I adored this book. It is a perfect romantic YA read and I cannot recommend it enough.

For me this book did several things perfectly.

Firstly the storyline was effortless to follow meaning I couldn't put it down. I have always been a fan of Keris's books so it isn't a huge surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed it because I love her writing style and characterisation. If you've not read any of her books I'd compare this book in particular to a Sarra Manning title but aimed at a slightly y
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

I've heard quite a few people rave about Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton, and as it's LGBTQ UKYA, I thought I'd give it a read.

Kitty has a lot on her mind. Her mother has Multiple Sclerosis, her friends want them to enter a film competition, and she thinks she might be gay. Dylan has recently moved in next to Kitty's Gran, and Kitty has trouble keeping her eyes off her when she visits. Soon things blossom between the two of them, but what will people th
Rhian Ivory
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Starring Kitty is the kind of book that needs to be in school libraries across the UK, no scrap that, across the world! I started it and finished it in one weekend because I just couldn't put it down.
It was a pocket full of perfect hope and hugs, the kind of book you want to talk about and share and buy as a gift.
Kitty, Hannah and Sunny feel like real people by the end of the book, the kind of girls you would want to be friends with in real life. I'm really looking forward to book 2 which will f
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love this book so much it's making me come over all emotional. I read it in one evening, interrupted only by walking home from the train station, making dinner and GBBO. I read it with a huge smile on my face from start to finish.

This is a sweet, beautiful, utterly heartwarming story, the kind there just aren't enough of.

On a personal note, my own mother has MS, and Keris did a beautiful job of conveying the worry and confusion that affects the whole family in those difficult early days after
Beth Kemp
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-contemp
What a fabulous read! Kitty is a brilliant character, so easy to warm to and root for. This is a sweet romance and a great friendship story at the same time (such a rare thing!), as Kitty balances having a first relationship and embarking on a film project for a competition with her two best friends. This is the first in a series, in which each book focuses on a different character, and I am looking forward to the next which came out last week. My 11yr old adored this too and was so happy I read ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Completely gorgeous teen fiction.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such a great romance with real feelings, fantastic characters and a great story! I definitely recommend this book! :D
Owen-Lee Purcell
This book has to be one of the most insiring books i've read in a while you see TFIOS And everything about but this was just Spectatular it showed what real romance is about.
Hannah Lodge
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I loved this book. It really captured me.
Ashley Blake
Adorable upper MG about a girl falling for a girl. So cute and needed!
Annabelle Heath
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very light, quick read that's like a little blast of sunshine, transporting you to the beach where a lot of the story is set. It's cute, it's romantic, and despite some slightly more challenging themes - Kitty's family is coming to terms with her mother's serious illness - overall is a happy, pleasant read that will leave you with a smile on your face.

Kitty and her friends, Hannah and Sunny, face a lot of the problems that teenage girls have at school - bitchy popular girls, ex-boyfrie
3.5 stars

I'm not sure if this book is upper MG or low YA so I'm shelving it as both. The language is rather simple and the story is not the most fleshed out thing. It jumps forward every now and then quite a bit instead of simply showing more of this universe.

The story is about Kitty, who's part of a three person friend group and she has a giant crush on this girl Dylan who lives next to her grandma. Of course none of her friends know she is a lesbian and she is scared to come out to them.

Rebecca Jo
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book – I read it in a single sitting. The characters were realistic and endearing, and although Kitty’s struggle with her orientation was a recurring theme, it was not the only focus of the book. Starring Kitty is a story about high school friends entering a silly film competition together, and a girl’s encounter with first love. It just so happens that the main character is gay and she has troubles typical of a questioning teenager. Kitty’s mother’s illness and Sunny’s encounters w ...more
Lauren James
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, ukya
SO CUTE. Very cute! I speeded through this lovely short story.
Jen Gallagher
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So adorable, so cute, so romantic, soooooo good
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Within the limits of middle grade young YA fiction I really liked this
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Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is adorable and fluffy and I loved it with all my heart
Louise / Daisy May Johnson
I was struck, very much, on reading this how adorable a book it is. The initial title in a new series from Stainton, Starring Kitty is a book about friendship and being who you are - and realising how important a bond true friendship is. Set around a trio of friends, Sunny, Hannah and Kitty, each title focuses on one particular member of the group and this initial one is Kitty's moment to shine.

Kitty has secrets. Her mum's ill, her little sister's panicking, and her dad's struggling to cope. And
Grace Sargeant
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really good book and I really enjoyed it.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, lgbtqia
This felt more like a novella -- it's very short, launches straight into the story, and the characterisation is rather simplistic. It's great to see books with girl/girl relationships, but in this case the girl/girl relationship was pretty much the only plot. (I love her! But I'm scared to tell my friends! What if everyone at school finds out I'm gay?) There's some vague filler about creating a film for a competition and the ~mean gang~ at school stealing their first idea (oh noes!) but other th ...more
Emma Hawkins
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute little story. I'm a little older than the target audience but if i had read this book while i was still in school it would have been one of my favourites! It's so refreshing to see a book about knowing that you're gay so young. I feel like this book can help a lot of children to understand that what they are feeling is normal and that it is okay. I will be passing this down to my niece who is currently feeling "confused" about who she should be able to like. I hope she loves it as mu ...more
Mollie Westhead
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So much emotion,absolutely beautiful! Everyone should read this when they hit 13,it teaches some amazing things that I feel a lot of people could benefit from. I absolutely adore Dylan and Kitty,I can't wait to read the next book:)
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