Girl Heart Boy is a series of novels about a group of British sixth-formers. They're in their final year of school in Brighton, and it's a very eventful time. There are uni applications to be made and futures to be decided on. At the same time, there are complicated relationships to navigate, with plenty of friendship, family and romance issues to conquer.
I bought myself the first novel in this series a couple of weeks ago, and as soon as I started reading I knew I'd need the rest of the books immediately. I'm now completely involved in the lives of the four girls and three boys who make up the main group of friends, and I can't wait to get hold of the next book.
The e-books include extra, 'steamy' scenes that can be accessed with a click of the e-reader. The series as a whole isn't really any more explicit than most books aimed at older teenagers, though. The storylines are realistic and down-to-earth, covering warts-and-all romantic relationships, but focusing mostly on the importance of self-worth and deep-rooted friendship.
Here's a short summary of each book so far...
Book 1 - No Such Thing As Forever
This is Sarah's story. Sarah's a 'good girl' and she's finally in love for the first time... or is it just a holiday romance? Sarah certainly doesn't think so, however much her new relationship is getting on her best friends' nerves. This book is a brilliant introduction to the group of friends, and to the series. I breezed through it.
Rumour Has It is possibly my favourite in the series (so far). Ashley is a forceful, intriguing character and I love the way she stays strong no matter what the world throws at her. I enjoyed reading about Ashley's family and her complicated relationships with her sisters, and with Rich. The making of Ashley's documentary about near-death experiences is fascinating. This book also contains the most swoonworthy romance... so far?
I was slightly worried that Cassie's story might be less interesting because Cassie is, by her own definition, very straight-laced. She also has a horrible boyfriend. Adam is so obnoxious and unappealing that I was a bit reluctant to read the 'extra' scene. I needn't have worried about the book, though - it was as gripping as the other two. Cassie even managed to make her attraction to Adam understandable. I also really enjoyed reading about Cassie's ambitions and her bright future. The ending of this book really made me cheer.
The Girl Heart Boy series is recommended to all fans of realistic, older teen stories. Warning: these books are delicious and highly addictive!
Review by Luisa