She bought My Sister Jodie a couple of months back, and the lady in the shop warned us it was a sad one. But, as readers of Jacqueline Wilson know, they nearly always are sad ones!
The blurb certainly sounded interesting. Two sisters Pearl, who tells the story, and Jodie, her elder sister move to a posh private school when their parents get jobs there. The blurb describes how Pearl, who has always found fitting in harder than Jodie, is the one to make friends, while Jodie struggles to fit in. Then it mention a tragic event at the school firework night.
This is without a doubt a very sad book. And the blurb sums up the story well. But my one BIG complaint about it is that the story all appears in the last quarter of the book. The rest of it is really scene-setting. Yes, it’s interesting finding out the secrets of Melchester College and seeing the girls making their first few friends and getting to know the staff, but all of this stuff is before term even starts.
It is actually very near the end of the book when the other kids arrive for the start of term and Jodie discovers she doesn’t fit in and starts to rebel.
There is a nice little twist at the end, which I’d kind of guessed, but was starting to think wouldn’t happen. But this isn’t Jacqueline Wilson’s finest hour. My Sister Jodie genuinely should have been half the length it actually was. We have high hopes for Wave Me Goodbye, which is her latest book and we will be reading as soon as we’ve read another flipping Dork Diaries book!