love bomb

Publication date: 12/3/15
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781408856093
Source: Proof copy through work

Perfect for fans of Geek Girl and Louise Rennison. Betty Plum has never been in love. She’s never even kissed a boy. But when H.O.T. Toby starts school it’s like Betty has been hit with a thousand of Cupid’s arrows. It’s like a bomb has exploded – a love bomb! More than ever Betty wishes her mum hadn’t died when Betty was a baby. She really needs her mum here to ask her advice. And that’s when she finds hidden letters for just these moments. Letters about what your first kiss should feel like and what real love is all about . Is Betty ready to fall in love? Will she finally have her first kiss?

I hate to judge a book by its cover but, let’s be honest, we all do it – and that’s what covers are for. With the bright colours and close-up of a girl’s face on the front, I expected this book to be very romance-centric, full of typical high school drama and not much else. To a certain extent, this is the case: we have the girl meets cute boy, cute boy turns out not to be ‘the one’, girl realises her true love was right in front of her all along formula. There is also the case of Betty’s relationship with her mum which is told through letters and felt very familiar to me in that I feel as if I’ve heard this story a hundred times.

However, that’s not to say this book isn’t well written. It seems to be targeted at a very specific audience – everything from the title to the cover design is marketed towards young teenage girls. It reminds me a lot of some of Jacqueline Wilson’s books for older readers (e.g. Girls in LoveGirls Out Late etc.) and I think Love Bomb will appeal to those readers.

The first book in the Ladybirds series, Flirty Dancing, was marketed as a summer romance, and I feel that this falls roughly into the same category. This is a lighthearted, romantic read which tackles some heavier issues such as the death of a parent. Overall, this is not really my type of book, but I can see that it would appeal to a young teenage audience.

Love Bomb will be released in the UK this Thursday, 12th March.