I know this is a sort of childish book but Jacqueline Wilson writes really good books that are easy to read and I can finish in a day. I loved this book and couldnt put it down. Wow I sound like one of those book reviewers.
The story is about a girl, Prudence, who has been home schooled almost all her life by her strict father. When her father falls ill and gets rushed to hospital Prudence and her sister Grace, are allowed to go to school. They are enrolled at a low level school as it is the only one without a waiting list already full. On their first day, the girls wear horrible home made dresses because their family is old fashioned and poor and connot afford the uniform for about two weeks. Their outfits do not give the girls good labels and they are mocked and teased all day. While Grace makes a few good friends, Prudence finds it hard to fit in and finds that the only person she can turn to and talk to is her handsome art teacher Rax.
Im guessing the plot is pretty obvious from here. Prudence starts baby sitting for Rax to earn some money and each week looks forward to the 10 minutes she gets to spend alone with Rax in the car when he drops her home after baby sitting. Prudence tells Rax she loves him, and as the story progresses Rax falls in love with Prudence. They end up kissing a few times until Rax tells Prudence that it is wrong because he is married, has two children and is almost 20 years older than her. She will not give up and one day rushes into Rax's class at school because she is upset and they are caught embracing each other when Prudence tell Rax she loves him. Word gets around and Rax almost loses his job while Prudence is expelled from school.
Rax picks Prudence up from school the day she is expelled to say one last good bye and although they consider running away together, they agree that they can no longer see each other ever again.
The ending is sad because normally books end with relationships being all happy and cute, but this one didnt. I think the book is good for teenagers just starting high school and it is an example of forbidden love, a situation that a lot of teens may experience in high school. Although the relationship in this book is between a kid and an adult, I did not see it as pedo-ish, I found it quite cute. I guess thats the way the author writes, she always has a way of turning something weird into a really good story. I think Bonnie should read this book :) Cause shes cool :)