Thursday, 3 January 2013

Thursday Thoughts: Pea's Book of Big Dreams by Susie Day

(Sequel review, but for once I've pretty much avoided spoilers for the brilliant Pea's Book of Best Friends!)

For as long as she can remember, Pea has wanted to be a writer like her mother, the famous Marina Cove. But when she loses confidence in her writing ability, she decides it's time to look for a new career to aspire to. What should she be? An artist, a footballer, a pet therapist, or something else? One thing's for sure... there'll be lots of laughs, love, and even a little lunacy as she finds out. (Especially when little sister Tinkerbell, in her most Stinkerbellish of moods, gets involved!)

I've been waiting for this one ever since I first read book one, Pea's Book of Best Friends, months ago. That was one of my favourite books of last year, and when I realised this one was out this morning, I decided to stay up until midnight last night to see if it became available on Kindle immediately. It did, thankfully, and I ended up reading until one o'clock or so, at which point I finally finished it, with a huge smile on my face, and got some sleep.

So, why was I so desperate to read it, and why did I stay up until one to finish it? Quite simply, it's amazing!  Okay, in some ways it's more of the same, but when more of the same means more wonderful characters, more brilliant plotting, and more laugh out lines - with my favourite being "Abort the toast! Abort the toast!" - that's certainly not a criticism! Pea is as charming as ever, the family dynamic between her, her sisters, and her scatter-brained mum is still great, and it still reminds me of a modern twist on Noel Streatfeild and the other greats of the genre.

Huge recommendation, fairly obviously. Susie Day assures me book 3 will be out later this year. I can't wait!

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