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Legal Crime

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Written by a thirteen-year-old author, this exciting and captivating page-turner transports you into the fascinating story of sixteen-year-old aspiring singer Fiona Watson who runs away from her family, oblivious to the dangers outside her shielded comfort zone. As she journeys through her new world, leaving her past behind and determined to find a new identity, she uncove ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 18th 2021 by The Conrad Press
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Whispering Stories
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
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For a debut novel by a thirteen-year-old author, this is an incredible achievement and the perfect read for young adults. It’s fast-paced and Bhattacharjee’s wonderful descriptions are very accomplished and dynamic for an author of her young years.

Sixteen-year-old Fiona Watson feels snubbed by her parents who she believes favour her eight-year-old younger brother, Jack, and she decides to run away from home. She’s keen to become a singer and as the story
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Sixteen-year-old Fiona Watson has big dreams: she wants to become a famous singer. However, her teenage years have been challenging. Falling in with a bad crowd in an effort to be popular, Fiona finds herself distancing from her parents and brother, desperate to prove her independence. After running away from home, Fiona changes her identity and begins a life in London. As she gets to know a new group of friends, Fiona makes important realizations that help her navigate her turbulent teenaged ex ...more
Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
First of all, the fact that this was written by a thirteen year old is pretty amazing! However, that does make it a little more difficult to review properly and objectively. With that being said, this was a good book!

I can see that with a little more maturity this author will be a wonderful writer! This was an enjoyable read and I am honored to have been able to read and review this for this young, new author. I am excited to see the growth that Samiksha will show as more books are written.

*I re
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Samiksha Bhattacharjee's debut novel, Legal Crime, was a delightful, captivating read; I got through it in only one sitting - I could not stop reading! It delves into the mind of 16-year-old Fiona Watson, who runs away from home, leaving her family distraught, in hopes to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. She faces many challenges along the way.

This 13-year-old author impressively shows the feelings of Fiona as unloved and uncared for, and following this, we see the life of a teenage girl
Richelle Reed
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Legal Crime, written by 13 year old Samiksha Bhattacharjee, follows our MC 16 year old Fiona, as she runs away from home believing her parents favour her younger brother. Fiona wants to prove to everyone that she can accomplish her dreams as a singer and as the story progresses, she comes to terms about how others influence her. This is a coming-of-age story that is told through multiple POVS, flashbacks, and other literary devices to paint a full picture of what is going on in the world surroun ...more
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
All in all, the book was good. It is a quick and easy read. I would recommend the book for pre-teens or younger teenagers.
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Apr 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Initially, as I was reading the prologue, I was quite impressed by the prose and style of this debut novel. The Diary style always works, and it is especially fitting to talk about the life and grievances of a teenager. However, proceeding with my reading I felt that too many styles started mixing up, with the emails and messages, and the temporal jumps are sometimes a bit hard to follow. The author tries to make teenage language and internet lingo into a literary language, but this is not alway ...more
Scuffed Granny
Apr 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Legal Crime provides a foray into the mindset of a confused teenage girl called Fiona, who runs away from home to escape her previous life and reinvent herself as a singer. This may not sound too unusual at all until you realise that it is written by a 13 year old girl. I have to say that I am brimming with respect for the author, Samiksha Bhattacharjee.

She has managed to create a book, which will appeal to its intended audience with its mean girls, attractive boys and all of the uncertainties,
Emma Shaw
May 24, 2021 rated it liked it
In the early hours of her sixteenth birthday, Fiona runs away from home. Why she’s leaving isn’t clear at first, but things are revealed as the story goes on. With the help of a group of new friends, she starts to carve out a new identity for herself and chase her dreams. But being young and naive, she is unaware and unprepared for the dangers and struggles that await her away from home. And as her new friends’ secrets are unveiled, she begins to wonder if she has made a big mistake...

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Namrata Ganti
Legal Crime is a YA Fiction debut novel written by 13 year old Samiksha Bhattacharjee. For this, I have to commend her and say how proud I am of the book and her efforts to write it. As you read, you will find out the meaning behind the title as the book progresses!

The story follows Fiona, a sixteen year old teenager who runs away from home and tries to make it on her own. The first step in her plan is to disguise herself and then find shelter. The story is written in sections, as Fiona changes
Betanda Shanam
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
On her sixteenth birthday. Fiona runs away from peer pressure and parents, who do not understand her, to chase her dream of becoming a singer. Fiona has some incredibly lucky escapes from the dangers of the grown-up world and is fortunate to meet new friends who help her achieve her goals. Some of these new friends are unexpectedly tied to Fiona’s past. These connections slowly reveal themselves throughout the story to unearth family secrets.

Legal Crime is a complete story. I found the narratin
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Samiksha Bhattacharjee is a 13-year-old British author living with her parents and younger brother. She started writing 'Legal Crime' when she was 7, and hopes to inspire other children to start creative writing too. She also enjoys acting, singing, drawing and talking (a lot). Find out more information about her by visiting and contact her by emailing author@legalcrim ...more

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