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Girl, Nearly 16: Absolute Torture

(Jess Jordan #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,584 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Just when things were going so well.
Jess had the perfect summer planned: She and Fred, lounging in the park, gazing into one another's eyes and engaging in witty repartee. It was going to be so romantic. And then her maddening mum stepped in: She suddenly announced a two-week "road trip" to Cornwall to visit Jess's dad, something Jess might have enjoyed, actually, were it
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Delacorte Press (first published 2005)
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Loubna El
This book was very amusing. While I was reading this book I literally Laughed Out Loud! I chose to do a review on this book because it was funny and found it interesting. I didn't want the book to end, I wanted it to keep going! :)

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The book "Girl, Nearly , Absolute Torture" by Sue Limb is a fascinating book. It's about a girl that has divorced parents. her parents got divorced when she was young and how she wants to go and visit her father which lives in a different town. but she is torn
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don' t like Madeliene very much she's selfish and barely pays any attention to her daughter. Is it that Sue Limb wanted us to believe that she was only this horrible because her ex-husband was gay? I do feel for Madeliene though Tom only married her to chase the gay away-selfish if you asked me? Now she's left to rebuild her confidence while Phil butters up Tom by telling him it's not his fault. It is his fault. Poor Jess though it's no wonder that her self confidence is friends with the earth ...more
Amy "the book-bat"
Jess jumps to conclusions too much. Her mom was driving me crazy. The story was still kind of fun, though.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The book was fair to middling. I appreciate that it handled her father's orientation well, and there were no scenes of teen sex for teen readers. Overall, however, the book fell somewhat flat for me. Maybe the British 'humour' flew right over my head, but it all seemed overdone. ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Welcome back to more crazy adventures of Jess Jordan.

School is out and Jess has nothing more planned than to spend her time with her newly turned boyfriend, Fred. But it doesn't take long before disaster strikes. Of all times, Jess's mom has decided to take a vacation. They're to take a road trip so that Jess can visit her father in St. Ives. They'll stop at all sorts of historical and literary sites along the way. She surprises Jess with the news hours be
Jess's new boyfriend (and long-time best friend), Fred, can kiss like no other -- literally, we're talking fireworks & melting knees! So of course, her mother decides that they (and her murder-obssessed grandmother) must go on vacation to visit her father. Who is being terribly weird, by the way -- very evasive and strange. If only Jess could tell her feminist mother about her new boyfriend! Now she's stuck trying to unravel why her parents broke up in the first place... and jealously imagining ...more
Mia Sebti
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The next morning Fred called to tell Jess he had gotten tickets to the camping festival. Jes was very exited she had always wanted to go to the festival.
She now needded to find a way to tell her mother about the camping festival.
It had to be a lie because she couldnt tell her mom the truth about fred.
When Jess decided to tell her mom she panicked and told her it was an invitation from flora .Her mom was appreciative and found that so nice she wanted to call floras's mom to thank her.
Jess quickl
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
*Do not read this if you have not yet red "Girl, 15, Charming, but Insane" because this is a sequel to that book.

There is something very likable about this couple. Most of the time you would get so bored because you're so happy that the best friends get together and you don't wanna read the sequel because the romance get's kinda boring... But I really like Fred and Jess together. Fred is kinda that funny weird kid but at the same time he's pretty cool and he would seem nice to hang with. He's al
Jenny Blaszczyk
A fun quick read. I, in all honesty, forgot that this was a sequel. Thankfully it doesn’t read like one. I didn’t really connect with the main character, Jess, but I think that’s because I am not interested in this type of book anymore. Maybe if I was 16 when I read this I would have enjoyed it more.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars—very cute and hysterical at times.
Sue Leinberger
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
Somewhat humorous, but predictable.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Juniper Shore
This is the sequel to Girl, 15, Charming but Insane, and picks up where the previous book left off. This volume can stand on its own but contains numerous spoilers for the earlier book.

Jess is a wildly effusive narrator. Every event is either the pinnacle of human experience or an irretrievable catastrophe. Much of the humor comes from the over-the-top style, described in increasingly absurd metaphors. She's a fun travel companion, but I think she would be infuriating to live with.

The previous b
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jess thinks that life is just about perfect. She has her slighlty ape-ish, yet absolutely adorable boyfriend Fred and the summer hols are just about to kick off...then her mom springs it on her - summer road trip to adore all kinds of history and nature. Disaster! Of course Jess wants to see her lovable Dad and finally force the secret of why he and her mum split up, but she wants to snuggle with Fred more.

Sue Limb is brilliant at humor, that's all there is to it. Jess is hilarious. I think all
Alma Q
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't mind simple comedies
Recommended to Alma Q by: I did.
It's been a week since I last finished a book, so naturally I needed something quick.

I'm rather dismayed at my choice, actually. Sure, "Girl, 16" is quick to read, it's light and stupid but not the stupidest thing ever seen. For all that, it could have been a summer read worth the cents I spent on it.

Still, it's terribly out of my comfort zone. Jess is exactly the kind of a heroine who makes people laugh at YA literature - namely, overly jealous, superficial, and so funny it mosty makes the read
Emily Watters
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Girl, (Nearly) 16, Absolute Torture by Sue Limb is the sequel to Girl, 15, Charming but Insane. This crazy sequel follows the beloved characters of Jess Jordan, her mom, Granny. The genre of this book is realistic fiction because it takes place in England as the terrific trio venture across England as a summer vacation, with the finial destination being St. Ives, down by the sea. Funky twists and turns have you reading on edge every time you flip the page, with one too many plot twists. I rated ...more
Sep 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl that has a boyfriend and has a boyfriend and sha has not tould her parents. Her parents are divoursed because her father is gay. Her mother tskes her to a trip with her mom and she takes a bus to get faster and left her mom behind. When she got their she found her dads house and sleeped thair for somedays. The next days her mom came and drop of her stuff and said she was going to be in a hotel.Days passed and her boyfriend came and had a good time together. She finally ...more
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: need-to-re-read
I think I first read this when I was about..14? And then re-read it about a year ago. From what I remember, I really enjoyed it. A lot of that was down to it being creepily relatable. I went on a lot of holidays with my mum and nan when I was younger and they acted so much like Jess' mum and nan. I ended up showing my mum a billion bits of the book and we'd crack up together at how much it was like us. The story's quite sweet as well, and I may have got a little teary eyed at the end. If I re-re ...more
Jan 09, 2008 rated it liked it
This was another fun listen, with the same FANTASTIC narrator, but the story was just ok. I felt myself hoping for it to end, which is unlike me. So...3 stars. Funny, but pretty transparent, and the overly flamboyant characters started to get on my nerves like they never did in the first book - DON'T read this one first if you're considering these! And if you only read 1, read Girl, 15, charming but insane. ...more
Feb 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Another great book to listen to. This one picks up where the previous book left off with Jess just starting to date Fred while her mom has planned a whole summer vacation for Jess and her grandmother. Jess does finally find out why her parents separated and is actually very okay with what happened.

While there were some funny parts, it wasn't as funny to me as the first one. But the narrator was awesome.
Catherine Medina
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very good especially for young adults. Right when Jess gets what she wants, a nice stable relationship her mother arranges a trip to see jess's father. Although she loves her father and wants to see him Jess had made plans with Fred and is worried someone might take him away from her. It is a bit suspenseful and also nice story of teens trying to keep a long distance relationship. ...more
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-a-copy
Girl, Nearly 16: Absolute Torture lived up to its title. It was a torture to read.
Jess who had a new boyfriend, Fred, had to go on a road trip with her Mom instead of spending the summer with him. Now Jess was livid and she complained and complained about it. Mind you, this was 216 pages of complaining from a teenage girl. Occasionally Jess would make some crack up jokes like always, relieving me from my anguish.
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Patricia by: a student (thanks!)
Shelves: young-adult
Hilarious--teens are the same even if they live in Great Britain. I haven't laughed out loud at a book in a long time. This author knows teenagers. 15-year-olds with modern issues, a grandmother who is my age and totally whacked, a mother busy with her own issues--I plan to read all of Sue Limb's. ...more
Maggie V
This is the second in Limb's series, and I didn't read the first book. But I found it fun and quirky. It reminded me of "Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal Snogging." Towards the end I was getting a little tired of Jess' drama and wild imagination.

Very much a girl book. And the audio was nice because the narrator did a wonderful British accent (at least to my American ear).
Feb 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Not quite as good as the first one but it still had its moments. Jess' Mom is dragging her on holiday when all she wants to do is spend the summer having picnics with Fred. What starts out as a very boring holiday filled with historical homes and graveyards, ends up with a few surprises that make it the "best holiday ever". ...more
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was way better than Girl 15, Charming But Insane. It was fun and interesting. I loved it because most of it takes part in St. Ives, were her dad lives. A surprise for Jess, and a shocking reality about her dad. Could it be a new wife, new baby, or a new boyfriend for Jess's dad?????? :3 Fun,weird,shocking and a whole bunch of jealousy because of Jess! ...more
Jul 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
this part of the series was good, but was my least favorite of the three. while i loved the descriptions of the places they went on their trip, i missed the jess of girl 15 and girl 17, who is always eating or saying something hilarious.
Mar 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabooks
I enjoyed this though not as much as her first. Sue Limb seems to be able to channel the inner torture of a teenaged girl and I suspect this will be very popular with young teen girls. As a middle aged woman the angst got to me a bit but I would recommend it
Like Girl, 15, Charming but Insane I listened to this on audio book and thought it was pretty good. There were a few slow points though and it wasn't quite as funny as the first book, but it was still very entertaining. ...more
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