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I really enjoyed Isabel Ashdown’s first novel, Ashdown has done an excellent job with her characterisation. A school reunion opens the floodgates to uncomfortable memories from 25 years ago in this powerfully compelling examination of the volatile and often toxic nature of adolescent relationships. A fascinating book whose apparent simplicity masks complexity as it reveals once again the strength of Ashdown's talent as a perceptive and engaging writer.My sympathy went out to Sarah and as for the other two – little madams, the pair of them. They came across as sulky, lazy, selfish, cruel ... And what stood out for me above all else was the dialogue. I truly felt as if I was eavesdropping on these three girls.

When I read books like that uncomfortable, crawly-skin feeling descends and I am transported right back to a time when your best friend yesterday mightn’t be the same one you have tomorrow, and you mightn’t really like either of them anyway.

Of course we don’t know any better, and most of us emerged unscathed from our relationships with school “friends” we don’t actually like. In , Ashdown explores that very notion through the relationships between three school friends: Sarah, Kate and Tina, the alliances and animosity within them changing like the wind.

If you're still running a brush through your hair and spritzing on that last dash of perfume at , this is considered pretty normal and won't earn you an over exaggerated eye roll.

Any Frenchman who has grown up with a mother, sisters or cousins will be completely immune to running behind schedule, which allows you to finish up those last minute details in complete serenity.

It’s acutely observed and utterly realistic – every scene, down to the cruel taunting of their teachers and Sarah’s struggle between wanting to impress her friend and not disappoint her father, rings true.

Isabel Ashdown has produced a perfectly pitched trip back to the mid-eighties.

But this is less true nowadays, and the more modern approach means less mind games and more women getting clear signals that they've obtained girlfriend status.

It's actually ridiculously uncomplicated with the French since there is no real getting to know each other period before you're officially together. You exchange numbers, maybe an innocent kiss and then make plans to see each other again in a couple days.

Isabel Ashdown has captured every heartbeat of the uncertainty and excitement of growing up.

Duplicitous friendships, awakening sexuality and the trials of school and exams are all depicted as Sarah’s story unfolds.

They both work for the same French multinational company and love documenting their take on expat life on Rosie's You Tube channel Not Even French and Kate's blog Unintentionally Frenchified.

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