Review: My Best Friend and Other Enemies by Catherine Wilkins

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Title: My Best Friend and Other Enemies
Series: My Best Friend #1
Author: Catherine Wilkins
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Publication Date: Sept 2012
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis from Goodreads
When Jessica’s best friend goes off with new-girl Amelia, Jessica is hurt but determined not to take it lying down. She has a plan, and a secret weapon – her felt-tips. The pen is mightier than the sword, after all, and having a sense of humour wins Jessica far more friends than she loses. A funny, wise story that will touch a nerve with everyone who reads it.
My Best Friend and Other Enemies is a quick read only 202 pages but quickly grasped my attention by relating it to the childish behaviour and attitude coming from young girls today. My Best Friend and Other Enemies demonstrates the evil schemes and dirty tricks some children can inflict on one another, rather than solving there problems with words they use action, which never ends well.
My Best Friend and Other Enemies follows the life of Jessica, Natalie and Amelia, they are all year six student Hellfern Junior School. The story is told from Jessica’s point of view, which again adds to the suspense of the book. Jessica and Amelia were getting along perfectly, until Amelia starts being catty and horrible towards Jessica, which leads to Natalie leaving poor Jessica to fend for herself in this horrific place called primary school! After a while the girls join two rival gangs both against one another for the ultimate prize of boys and popularity. But will the girls ever make up or will this childish war never be won? That’s for you to find out.
I really enjoyed this story book, even though it was predictable at times it just summed up my life in primary school from the catty arguments over stupid things, just wanting to fit in, and on top of that not being yourself to please other people. I also loved how it wasn’t confusing it was clear and that meant you could understand and relate to the book more than you would if you had words and names overloading your mind which can usually happen in these kind of stories.
Even though I did enjoy the book I felt that the beginning and middle were thoroughly explained and you understood the story but at the end the pacing was way too fast and needed further detail and depth, this could have easily filled up a few more chapters.
My favourite character has to be Jessica. Even though she was the victim in the book she turned her negative experience into a positive, her cartoon drawings flourished and long lasting friends were created. She saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
All in all this book was very interesting and I highly recommend it. You may not think you enjoy romance or soppy predictable books, but give this a try and you won’t regret it.

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