Rating: 3.5 stars
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Series: Book #1 in The Ladybirds Series
Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside. When national dance competition Starwars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up. It’s just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris. Bea will fight back! But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl’s boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands.
This warm, nuanced, hilarious story about friendship, fortitude . . . and dancing is impossible not to fall in love with. Jenny’s voice is fresh and convincing, and she handles both darker and lighter elements of the story with equal panache. – Goodreads
This book was, to me, a very quick easy-breezy read. I got it out of the library yesterday, started reading it and this afternoon finished. I really liked it, and it was very cute and feel good.
Bea is a very strong and kind girl, but she just needed to come out of her shell and be more confident. That did happen when she started to dance, and I like the fact that she slowly got more brave in front of Pearl. I liked Bea’s character and how she handled all of Pearl’s bullying.
Ollie’s character was very cool, calm and collected. He is a very nice boy and knows right from wrong. I’m glad that he wasn’t going out with Pearl, because that would’ve soiled his reputation to me. But she did insult his dog and no-one, I repeat NO-ONE, insults dogs.
The thing I liked most about this book was, obviously, the dancing. I love dancing, so to read a book where the main plot is dancing, I really liked it. I didn’t actually know what jive was, so I looked up and it is really cool. It’s very fast and fun and I really want to try it. I also looked up the Knickerbocker because that is one of the moves that Bea can’t do in the book, and I know for sure that I wouldn’t be able to do it. It looks so complicated!
I was a bit sad that they didn’t win Starwars, but I like how they handled losing and I think that ending is better than if they had won. I was also very relieved at the ending when Bea’s Nan says to Bea that she can return home from hospital; I was very glad.
Overall, this was a good book, maybe a little bit rushed at some points but overall a very good read. Recommend to anyone who loves dancing or, indeed, jiving!