Wednesday, 10 June 2015


TITLE: The It Girl
AUTHOR:  Katy Birchall
PUBLISHER:   Egmont Books Ltd
RATING:  3/5
SOURCE:   Sent by, 'The Guardian Children's Books,' in exchange for an honest review.

This book review was first posted on The Guardian Children's Books Website, click here to see it.



Everybody wants to be a famous It Girl. Don't they?

Anna Huntley's aims in life: 

1) Must keep my two lovely new (and only) school friends by not doing anything in usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.
2) Train Dog (my labrador) to high-five. This is probably the most ambitious life goal on this list.
3) Do not set the school's Deputy Queen Bee mean girl's hair on fire (again). 
4) Work out whether 2) and 3) constitute being socially inept or outcastish.
5) Go to Africa and give out rice. 
6) To hide in a cupboard FOR LIFE with Dog now Dad is engaged to one of the most famous actress EVER, the paparazzi want to spash my face all over the papers and everyone in school 
(and The World) is soon to discover the level of my social ineptitude. 
7) Is rice a bit done now? Maybe I can give out chocolate in Africa too. I do like chocolate. Must work out how to do it from the cupboard...

Anna Huntley is far from perfect: she is clumsy, crazy and a complete social outcast. At school, she manages to get by with her two new friends, Jess and Danny- until she sets the most popular girl at school; Josie's hair on fire. Her life turns upside down; as just as she is settling into her new home: her father gets engaged to Helena Montaine, a world famous actress. As Anna adjusts to her unexpected family, she finds herself in the spotlight. Suddenly she is attending world premieres with Helena's daughter, Marianne- and now everyone at school knows exactly who she is. Will Anna fit into her new, 'It Girl,' role?

I have to say, this novel definitely made me laugh out loud at Anna's daily troubles- she was easily relatable, as a lot of teenagers struggle to fit in during their adolescence. I loved Anna's relationship with her dog- it is mentioned quite a lot in the book, as it is very humorous, because she is always frustrated with him, but still wants him as her number one furry companion. Also; Katy Birchall definitely captures the essence of teenage behaviour in the book, as they are often quite fickle, because the most popular girls in school want to be friends with Anna once she is known in the media. 

The plot was consise and sweet; the book being an absolute treat for me to read. It gradually lifted me out of my reading slump, reminding me of how much I adore reading as a whole. It rounds off with some brilliant morals, letting the readers know that actually, it doesn't matter if someone is 'popular'; they should, just have their individual assets that make them a really unique person to others.

Overall, 'The It Girl,' was a enjoyable read, with elements in there that made me chuckle. I also liked the format of some of the book: as it was set it in emails and letters; which would be very appealing to the younger YA audience. Overall, I rate the book 3/5 hoots; as I thought it was lovely, and I would have definitely enjoyed it even more if I was slightly younger.





  1. I actually enjoyed this book quite a lot, it was a light-hearted read and was blooming hilarious, great review!
    Naomi@The Perks Of Being A Bookworm

    1. Thanks for visiting Naomi! I have left a comment on your blog post. :)


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