Book Review | Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager

39005618Following her dating disasters, Emma Nash is back at it with her blogging. But when her best friend Steph seems to prefer her boyfriend to her, and Emma is left alone more often than she wants, she goes on a mission to try and make some more friends. In true Emma style, however, it rarely (read: never) goes to plan… 

Editing Emma was one of the funniest books I’ve ever read in my life, and book two in Seager’s series certainly did not disappoint!

Emma is a teenage girl with a private blog that she posts basically everything on – it’s kind of like a private Twitter account (I know you have one, own up) but obviously a lot more can be written. It’s such a good way to write a book, making it very easy to keep up with and understand, and it gives it such a personalised, private way of writing that is uncomfortable when you just have the first person perspective.

Emma is such a relatable character, and although she gets herself into some hilariously ridiculous situations, they’re really not that far-fetched. I love how this book really explores the importance of female friendships, especially as the last one revolved around romantic relationships.

Seager also writes about more “taboo” subjects with ease: like female masturbation, sex, orgasms, what happens when your best friend gets a boyfriend (surprisingly, this one isn’t talked about that much??), periods, stalking, cyberbullying and internet safety, and addiction to social media. It’s so refreshing to read about these subjects discussed without fear, and it’s especially brilliant considering the age range these books are aimed at. Knowing that there are teenage girls out there reading this book and learning that things like this are acceptable to talk about and explore in discussion is really brilliant and I’m sure Seager’s books will be recommended by teachers all over the country.

Not only is this book laugh-out-loud hilarious, it’s honest, brilliantly written, and exactly what a teenager needs in this 21st-century, technology-heavy world.

Rating: 5/5

Source: received an eARC from NetGalley

I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley for free in exchange for a review, but, as always, opinions are entirely my own. 


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