Jessie G, Year 8
Being Bindy by Alyssa Brugman is a funny, interesting book for girls. Being Bindi is about two girls, Janey and Bindi who become worst friends, who used to be best friends, and then could end up being sisters. Both their parents are split up and single. Their parents have always been good friends but they start to develop a romantic relationship. Bindi and Janey start to notice it and try and make their parents dislike each other but it doesn’t seem to work. After Bindi isn’t best friends with Janey anymore she finds herself sitting by herself with no one. She eventually finds a good friend.
Janey used to be best friends with Bindi but all of a sudden she starts behaving more mature and acting really mean, wearing makeup and different sorts of clothes. Bindi starts to not like the way janey is anymore because of the way she has turned to be their friendship starts to fall apart. Bindi’s dad is a nice kind man who does well raising Bindi’s brother and her up. My favourite character is most definitely Bindi because she is a brave and responsible character.
I liked this book because it had a lot of drama in it and there was always something interesting happening. It showed how some of the characters had to face some difficult times and how they dealt with it. I recommend this book for younger teenagers. I rate give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Ella V, Year 8
I recently read a book called Gingersnaps by Cathy Cassidy. Gingersnaps is about a girl called Ginger. The book starts when Ginger is in primary school. She is overweight and she doesn’t have many friends. The book then goes on to when she is 12. She has lost weight and she wears make-up and straightens her hair. She is popular and has a best friend called Shannon. Ginger is happy, until Shannon and her befriend a lonely girl from Ginger’s old school called Emily. Meanwhile there is a new boy at the school called Sam. Sam doesn’t wear uniform and ditches class often. Shannon thinks he’s weird but Ginger starts to fall for him.
Ginger is light-hearted and cares about how people feel because she used to be bullied. Shannon is the most popular girl in year 8. Shannon is flirty and charming but if you get on her bad side she will label you a ‘reject’. Sam plays saxophone. He likes blue lemonade, gherkins and peanut butter, but he is really interested in Ginger.
I really enjoyed the storyline because it was sad, romantic and was about finding out who is really a friend. I would encourage people who are 12 and up to read this book. I would rate this book a 10 out of 10.