I bought this book for The Girl as it incoporated two areas that she is interested in (because of me) – charity shops and blogging.
I decided to read it to make sure that it wasn’t too grown-up for her as it was in the ‘teen’ section, and she only turned 11 on Monday!
I actually think it was really well written (considering the target audience) and deals with the subject pretty conscientiously (is that spelled right?).
Ruby is 15, her parents are divorced, she’s feeling a bit unsettled at school and one day she is in a shop and has the urge to steal something. She then donates her stolen goods to a local charity shop, and gets such a buzz out of it that she decides to blog about it…and the pattern has begun.
It would’ve been very easy for the author to glamourise the feeling of celebrity that her blog gains, and all the time I was reading, I was thinking “Is this going to plant a seed of an idea in The Girl’s head and make her consider doing this herself?”, but I am pleased to say that it didn’t.
Great teen (or tween) girl’s book, with very subtle messaging.