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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,024 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Bea thinks she's the most boring seventeen-year-old in the world. She's not pretty or popular or funny, unlike her mother who had Bea when she was 17. The only glamorous thing about Bea is the French father who left before she was born and lives in Paris. She yearns for la vie Parisienne every moment of her dull existence.

So when Ruby Davies, the leader of her school's mo
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Published February 4th 2010 by Hodder Children's Books
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Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I’ve loved Sarra Manning’s books for years and I wasn’t surprised when Nobody’s Girl became one of my favourite books of the year so far.

I see Sarra Manning as the darker, edgier and quirkier UK version of Sarah Dessen. And like Sarah Dessen’s novels, Sarra’s focus on normal, every-girl characters who are (usually) completely lovable, easy to relate to and find out who they really are. In Nobody’s Girl, Bea is a former shy and boring doormat (or so she thinks) who turns into a strong and feisty
Jul 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Recommended: About first kisses and love and friendship, this is a book for any girl who has daydreamed about finding adventure, a knight in shining armour and discovering a world bigger than the worries of high school.

Nobody's Girl has just been short-listed for The Booktrust Teenage Prize 2010 which is a prestigious UK based award

This was my first Sarra Manning novel and being the contemp girl that I am, I loved the sound of the premise. Europe, romance, coming of age, etc, etc.

The book defini
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2010
Bea thinks she's the most boring teenager in the world and even her Saturday job - at Wilson's - is boring. So when Ruby and her posse (Ayesha, Chloe and Emma) invite her into their gang, Bea wonders if it's supposed to be some kind of joke. She hesitantly joins the group and it turns out that Ruby and co. do really like Bea. They even invite her on holiday to Malaga with them. Within 48 hours of being in Malaga though, Bea finds herself at a train station and she decides, on a whim, to head to ...more
Sarra Manning you did it again.

Me through this book:

Lyndsey O'Halloran
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
When I started reading this book, I really wasn’t sure that I was going to like it. I was actually contemplating not carrying on with it after a while but I always like to try to finish books when they have come from the publisher so I decided to stick with it for a little longer and I am damn glad I did. It took around 100 pages for this book to really get into the swing of things and to get to the parts that really mattered, the times when Bea was on her own and ready for a big adventure.

As s
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it
This book leaves me upset and hurt. Sarra Manning will always be the author who made me fall in love with books, however this book to me puts her name to shame. It started out boring, with a boring character and a shitty story line. Things got better when they went overseas, especially the multiple bitch fights, and when Bea was throwing clothes out windows and writing scandals on whiteboards i have to admit i couldn't put it down.

Then we meet Toph and his gang (Just quietly i love jess, there s
Mireille Duval
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good read! You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by the same author took me on a huge emotional ride and made me whimper good book noises, so maybe my expectations for this one were a little high. It's a pretty typical YA story, with the mean girls and the family issues and the first love, but it was well executed. I liked the European setting - I was actually planning a trip to Malaga when I read that bit, so that was amusing. The whole part with Ruby in Malaga actually made me super anx ...more
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feels, favorites, y-a
Sarra Manning has become one of my favorite Y.A authors. It started with "Let's get lost" which left me sobbing, and I do mean sobbing, like a little girl. I think this is my second favorite Sarra Manning book. I love everything about it. I love the travelling and descriptions of Paris! It reminds me of "Anna and the french kiss"(or rather, "Anna and the french kiss" reminded me of this book), which is obviously a great thing.
Basically, it's a great story. I read it in one sitting. I could NOT
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I went through a Sarra Manning phase when I was younger, and in a recent fit of self-inflicted reminiscing, I borrowed and read Nobody's Girl. Suffice it to say that over the years, her books have lost none of their innate ability to drag me into the story and keep me there until it's good and ready to let me go. I started reading it at gone one in the morning, so confident was I that I would soon be putting it down again, but when I closed the back cover at half past four, I didn't have a singl ...more
Michelle Sallay
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites, on-my-blog
Originally on my blog:

I'm kind of in love with Sarra Manning these days. In fact, I feel like I might be having some kind of one-sided book affair with her. I picked up my first Manning book on a whim, and devouring her past books has been ever so wonderful.

Nobody's Girl might be my favorite yet. A lot happens in this book, and it is one of the best coming of age stories that I have read in a long time. It might have been a bit slow going for me at first becaus
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. I read it in one sitting in about an hour and a half. Totally loved it and the bit with the whiteboard was INSPIRED! :D
carolina ☾
Apr 08, 2015 marked it as to-read
Bea thinks she's the most boring seventeen-year-old in the world... .
Me at this very moment.

Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I have finally found a similar book to Anna and the French Kiss!
Marja de Souza
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This one will be forever in my heart.
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I went to the library a few weeks back I saw Nobody's Girl sitting on the library shelf. It seemed like whenever I went to the library, Nobody's Girl would always catch my eye. A few weeks back I finally took it out, the premise sounded really intriguing and I'm kind of obsessed with reading Young Adult travelling books that are situated in different parts around the world at the moment. When starting Nobody's Girl I noticed they had quite a few swear words that put me off reading it but I' ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First off, I loved Bea. Not because she had amazing gifts, or because she kicked arse. But because she was like me when I was her age. Bea was kind, nice, and too shy to stand up for herself. She had a completely overprotective mother, like mine, who wouldn’t let her out of the house without some sort of emotional chastity belt on. I could completely relate to Bea, and what it felt like to be in her shoes, so when I was reading about how she stood up to the mean girls in Malaga, I practically ‘y ...more
I love everything about Sarra Manning’s books: writing style & characters & references (songs and general culture). J’adore Sarra Manning and I have all her books on my bookshelf.

Nobody’s girl is a coming of age story in which 17 years old Bea, the most boring seventeen-year-old in the world, embraces in a journey that will take her to Paris backpacking with a group of american students.

Every time I pick up a book from Manning I feel a perfect connection between me and her characters, she writes
Jim Dean
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
17 year old Bea is obsessed with France. Who wouldn't be, when they had a Parisian father they'd never met? Especially when life back home with an over-protective mother and rather boring friends is so, well, dull. At least it is until Ruby takes an interest in her. Falling under the spell of her school's most glamorous girl, Bea finds herself agreeing to go on holiday to Spain with Ruby and her mates. Except when she gets there, she's suddenly kicked out of the in crowd. What's a girl to do? Cr ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Resident Optimist
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Very unrealistic, no parent would let their seventeen year old daughter go to a foreign country if they didn't want to and definitely would not give in to peer pressure from a 'famous star'. The likelihood that she DID go, all that drama happened and then she met some American tourists that she got along with was unrealistic too. In reality, she'd probably find a police officer/figure of authority and explain her situation, get directed to the British embassy and be on the next flight home. How ...more
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Nobody's Girl totally surprised me. I didn't have very high expectations, and I only read it because I didn't have anything else to read at the moment. But since Anna and The French Kiss, I've become this total sucker for anything French. So it was kinda obvious I was going to fall in love with this novel too.

Lets just start with the fact that this books just tells us how EVIL girls can be. Ruby and her gang are so mean, you think it just exists in fiction but thats the thing. It doesn't. I can
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Where's do I start with the gushing about how much I loved this book because quite honestly I don't think I can say enough good things about it.

I loved nobody's girl and I think a bit reason why I did was because I really 'got' Bea. Quite honestly the way she describes her life, her social situations etc this book could have been lifted from pages of my diary at the same ages (had I kept one that is). She was brilliantly written and I thought this was especially the case when you saw the way in
Sophie Elizabeth
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
This gets four stars in my book: and the detraction of one star is only because I'm quite choosy about that fifth star. It's one of the best YA books I've ever read, but in saying that, I have been reading some truly astounding books of late so my comparisons are tainted.

I cannot pick many flaws out in this book: it was atmostpheric, quirky, funny, intelligent... Sarra Manning's writing is improving (I fell in love with her writing when I read "Guitar Girl"... and then I devoured "Pretty Things"
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012books
Bea thinks she's the most boring seventeen-year-old in the world. She's not pretty or popular or funny, unlike her mother who had Bea when she was 17. The only glamorous thing about Bea is the French father who left before she was born and lives in Paris. She yearns for la vie Parisienne every moment of her dull existence. So when Ruby Davies, the leader of her school's most elite clique picks Bea as her new best friend and asks her to go on holiday with them, she's wary but delighted. If nothin ...more
Mel (who is deeply in love with herself)
Yes! I wept like a little baby (and not a very cute one) in Let's Get Lost. I was kinda expecting the same sort of strong emotional reaction from this book of Sarra Manning's, because those are my expectations now, but sadly I didn't. And yet I still gave it a 5....because it was just so damn addictive! Man, everything was just so...good. So right. Even the usual bitchy girls in the book were not over-the-top cruel or unrealistic. I actually recognised them as people, not "people who behave in a ...more
Kate Lomas Glendenning
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I would consider this a 5 star book and one of Sarra Manning's best novels, I just finished reading 'Adorkable' by Manning and it's a close second to my favourites by Manning, this book obviously the first! It's a book that I love to re-read!

This book follows 17-year-old Bea who has a crazy obsession with France, who has a father from Paris that she has never met! Bea is a quiet, shy girl then all a sudden the popular Ruby takes an interest in her and Bea agrees to go on holiday to Spain with h
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Hmm! This is a 2.5 stars rating. I don't like to be a harsh rater, especially when it's a book by the author who wrote the book that shaped my teenage years (Guitar Girl), but I just didn't connect with this one. Perhaps it's to do with me not being a teenager any longer and not being able to identify with the whole 'I hate my mum' thing, but I didn't connect with Bea, the main character, and I found her bratty and irritating.

However, I've stated before that Sarra Manning has a fantastic ability
Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
A very rare thing - a YA book I read that made me wonder why an adult (that'd be me, for the record) would read YA. I've certainly read worse, but that isn't a great criterion for reading for pleasure. Thought this might be a new, British Sarah Dessen, but not even close.

Writing isn't great.
Length of time given to the Mean Girls Adopt Unpopular Me?! part of the story was ridiculously long.
Bea wasn't the sharpest of heroines, but even so - not seeing that the holiday with the Mean Girl pack would
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, loved this book!! I totally enjoy how Sarra Manning can describe characters, settings, even attire in a way that is so relatable - even though I don't own a DVF wrap dress. This is one of her PG rated books, totally young adult appropriate, but so sweet that even an old gal like me was swooning. I smiled, I cried. Hell, I couldn't stop reading this book - I finished it in one long day/night. I'm not a book spoiler, people are paid to give you the synopsis of books, I'm here to tell ...more
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Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five years working on the now sadly defunct J17, first as a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined the launch team of teen fashion bible Ellegirl, which she later went on to edit and has consulted on a wide range of youth titles including Bliss, The Face and More.

Sarra is now editor of What To Wear magazine. She's also been

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