International Writers Magazine: Review
C, Thats Me By Chris Higgins
A Hodder Paperback
books target audience is girls in their early teens. The
front cover itself is clearly designed for its target audience;
decorated with floral, glittery patterns. The title seems to invite
young girls that are trying to grow up to read the book, it seems
to say - I identify with you.
The main character
is Jess, a 14 year old girl dealing with the ups and downs of life and
growing up. The way the book is set out is easy to read, the chapters
are short and the writing is simple yet extremely effective. I found
I couldnt put the book down!
I felt the language was fairly colloquial in the sense that you felt
the character was talking to you as if she would a friend. I liked this
as it gave a personal touch to the story and helped the reader to identify
with the main character. I feel that especially for a young girl reading
this book the language and writing style is perfect. The author sets
the text in the modern day with up to date references to shows like
Big Brother and Eastenders, again this makes the book
relevant to its target audience.
One aspect of the book I really found interesting was the authors
clever link between the main character Jess and the part of Lady Macbeth
she is playing in her school play. Higgens uses Lady Macbeths
journey through the play and parallels it with Jess progression
in the book.
This means we get lots of quotes from Shakespeare and some really insightful
opinions of the characters roles. Having studied Macbeth I personally
found this touch very intriguing and I feel that it could be quite helpful
to any student reading the play for school, as so many young kids have
The book tackles serious issues such as cancer and parents separating
in a very real way that I feel would be both insightful and sensitive
to a reader who was experiencing similar events at home. Everyday teenage
issues are also explored (often with comical effect) such as waxing
and the struggle for freedom against our parents.
Despite the fact that this book is clearly aimed at the younger teenage
market, I would say that this book is a great read for any girl whos
growing up or who has experienced the trial and errors of teenage life!
I am almost 20 and I loved this book. The reading style is light but
highly engaging and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a
good girly book.
© Natalie Tehrani Oct 22nd 2006
Natalie is studying
Creative Writing at Portsmouth University
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