by Sue Limb (Author)
The sixth of Sue Limb’s books featuring Jess Jordan, Chocolate SOS reads well as a stand-alone as much part of the series. Existing readers will be glad to see more of the already-established characters and new readers will enjoy meeting them. In the wake of a dinner-dance disaster, Jess has dumped her boyfriend Fred, expecting him to make a grand gesture in order to win her back. Heart break, conflict, drama and more follow as Jess deals with a turbulent home life, sharing a bed with her mum while her dad is temporarily staying.
Sue Limb’s teenage characters are complex and imperfect, and the subtle conflicts between them, especially between Jess and her best friend Flora, accurately reflect teen friendships. Flora’s parents are dealing with financial difficulties and Jess resents Flora’s remarks about possibly moving to a smaller house when she lives in a small house herself, yet she is supportive of her friend’s concerns. Family dynamics are dealt with well, Jess’s separated parents are friends and Luke’s dad is raising him alone. The characters also have refreshing after-school interests, Fred and Jess write comedy routines and Luke makes films with his friend Boris. The only downfall for this reader were some unnecessary references to body weight and BMI.
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