Monday 27 August 2018

5 * BOOK REVIEW | 'Friendship Fails of Emma Nash' by Chloe Seager

Hey guys, and happy Bank Holiday Monday! Today I am excited to share a book review of a YA novel I absolutely love, Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager. I read and adored the first book in the series, Editing Emma, a few weeks ago, so I was excited to dive into this. I found that so many elements of what I loved in the first book was continued in the second, and in my opinion this book was even better!

Friendship Fails of Emma Nash follows Emma as she makes a vow to move on from trying to find the man of her dreams, to trying to expand her friendship circle. Her two best friends having recently acquired boyfriends, Emma finds herself painfully bored and in need of some creative inspiration. The school fashion show offers itself up as a potential cure from her Gilmore Girls addiction, but it isn't very long before it creates a whole bunch of problems of its own...

Intrigued? Check out the blurb here...

Emma Nash is back….and determined to work out the world of friendships and relationships once and for all (…ish).

Now she’s in the sixth form, Emma’s expecting life to be a breeze but when her best friend Steph suddenly has a boyfriend who she’s spending more time with Emma’s not sure what to do with herself.

So Emma’s got a mission in mind: making new friends. Signing up for the school fashion show seems like the perfect opportunity. Although soon, through a series of mishaps that are absolutely not Emma’s fault (well, sort of), her world is teetering on the edge of disaster again.

Would going back to creating a life for herself online reaaaaaallllyyy be so bad?

I absolutely adored Friendship Fails of Emma Nash. Everything I loved in Editing Emma I was so happy to see in this book: gut-busting comedy, cringey moments and also the challenging of real issues so many young people face today. I loved Emma even more in this book and found her character to really develop; I spent the whole book rooting for her, as every good writer should encourage you to do. The development of the friendship between Emma and Gracie was so nice to read about. I think that Seager perfectly captures what friendship in your teenage years is like; when everything is suddenly and helplessly changing around you. I think Emma's reactions to everything that was going on in her life and in the lives of others around her were so realistic and honest, and I think Emma's musings have the potential to provide great support and perspective for teenage (or adult!) readers who may be going through the same things.

As with Editing Emma, I have to applaud Chloe Seager for creating a book that is so gorgeously funny and a delight to read, all whilst keeping it very authentic and inclusive of subjects that are often considered taboo, such as periods, masturbation, sex, and the pressures and pitfalls of social media. More than anything, the Emma Nash series is a perfect portrayal of what it's like to be a young person in today's world, but with it Seager maintains a perfect amount of humour and compassion. What I love about Emma as a protagonist is that however tough her life gets, she has a strong sense of herself, and won't let anyone or anything change that. I think all of us, teenagers or not, could learn a few things from Emma Nash!

If any of you are in a summer or a bank holiday reading slump, make sure you pick up the first two books in the Emma Nash series. You won't regret it <3

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Until next time :)

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