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There are trigger warnings with this, which the author well prepares the reader for and it was a brilliant book. She felt shame around it but couldn’t figure out what had happened and therefore couldn’t talk to anyone about it.

A heartbreaking, compelling and timely story for older readers about teen pregnancy and its consequences, family trouble and unlikely friendships, set in 1960. She can immediately transport you back to being a teenager and discovering the adult world for the first time. The tiny illustrations that accompany the beginning of chapters remind readers the tale follows a young girl, as Laura’s advanced literacy enables readers to forget her youth. Attending the school on a scholarship due to her excellent grades, Laura hides her address from Nina as long as she can.Once her parents find out, it’s her mum that’s the leading party in talking about the shame she has brought upon the family. This stands alone as a great fiction book and should not be categories only as a young adult book in my opinion . So how would I sun this up … honest , gut wrenching yet sweet at times , emotional and heartbreaking! This a few months down the line leads to Laura discovering she is pregnant and as the blurb states, it ends up with her being sent away.

She has written over 100 books and is the creator of characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather.This book is dark but real and I was captivated by all of the themes surrounding the main plot (don’t worry I won’t give away any spoilers! I also suspected that some of the language and sensitive topics that are addressed in the old books would also be a bit dated. Aspirations to keep up with a wealthy friend are agonizing, and result in a huge mistake that she doesn’t even realise she’s making. There is so much time dedicated to the time she spends by herself, her thoughts, her time with her best friend, her crush on her best friend's brother and the different outings they have and just generally Laura changing.

I was surprised when I so easily slipped back into the world of Jacqueline Wilson at the ripe old age of 29. Aspirations to keep up with a wealthy friend are agonizing, and result in a huge mistake that she doesn't even realise she's making. Windows users should also consider upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, or switching to Firefox or Chrome. I’m not sure if the author is now writing for a different type of teenager than 20 years ago or if I am reading her book as a person who has experienced things I never expected 20 years ago but this did not feel like a ‘teen read’.As well as winning many awards for her books, including the Children’s Book of the Year, Jacqueline is a former Children’s Laureate, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame.

However, it was good for Laura and I think Wilson did a great job of showing other not so great endings for other women in the book for us to believe that Laura’s could be one of the good ones. With hard working parents who are proud of her achievements, she still dreams of a life like Nina's. A story of family, adoption, consent, growing up, sex education, friendship and standing up for yourself. This book is aimed at older readers than Jacqueline Wilson’s usual target audience so do beat that in mind. This is set in an era that she was familiar with (her published journals were a great read) and tells the story of how young, unwed mothers were treated by society.Double Act won the prestigious Smarties Medal and the Children’s Book Award as well as being highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. Laura often stays for dinner at the Bertrams which is full of laughter, plenty of food fit for a restaurant, and a delicious pudding for afters. I knew it would be well written and sensitively tackled as Jacqueline Wilson so often does and I knew it would be handled well. I read this book in a couple of hours and i did nearly cry but only at a really tragic bit about literal rape so dont read this book if thats a touchy subject. Laura’s life really illustrates the dangers of not explaining things to your child in an age-appropriate manner (her parents didn’t explain anything) but expecting them to be “chaste”.

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