Control freak trilogy
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How do you hold it together when you’re leaving care, falling in love and your little brother’s gone missing?
Seventeen-year-old Holly Richards is tough, practical, determined, and has her whole future carefully mapped out. So for her, leaving foster care to move into her own flat should be no problem.
But Holly hasn’t bargained for the problems that an out-of-control brother, a too-good-to-be-true boyfriend and a lovestruck best friend can create. As her perfectly laid plans go pear-shaped, does she have the nerve to stay in control?
The first in a trilogy, this realistic and engrossing novel for young people is ideal reading for all those over the age of 13, with a care background or not.
Who is this book for?
This novel for young people is intended for those over the age of 13.
Henrietta Bond is a freelance journalist and media consultant specialising in children and family issues. She has worked with CoramBAAF, Barnardo’s, Fostering Network, The Who Cares? Trust, A National Voice and many other children and young people’s organisations, and local authorities, as well as writing for several national newspapers.
As a youth worker who has worked with care experienced children and young people, and with a mum who worked in Care Homes, the characters in this book felt really authentic. It’s a believable story written from the point of view of a teenager who thinks she’s totally in control and super capable, but ends up making some decisions which may not be the best, but certainly feel real. A recommended read – I passed my copy on straight away and have recommended it to a number of colleagues.
Totally worth reading, gripping right from the beginning! I loved the twists and turns in the plot and would happily read a sequel. Great for teenagers of all ages and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who likes reading!
It’s a cracking good read and certainly earns its place in the “You are not alone” hall of fame for fiction. Written as a diary, its intimate tone captures a young woman’s voice and also paints a comforting, idealised portrait of foster parents.
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