The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks – Katie Kirby

*I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author, Puffin – Random House UK and NetGalleyThe decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Blurb: The first book in the hilarious new series for children by the bestselling creator of Hurrah For Gin.

Lottie Brooks is 11 ¾ and her life is already officially over – not only is she about to start high school without any friends or glamorous swooshy hair, she’s just discovered she’s too flat-chested to wear A BRA!

She might as well give up now and go into hibernation with her hamsters Sir Barnaby Squeakington and Fuzzball the Third.

Lottie navigates the many perils of growing up in this fantastically funny new illustrated series for a 9-12 audience, filled with friendship, embarrassing moments and plenty of lols.

Hilarious, relatable and full of heart, for fans of funny and chaotic family stories.

Fabulous and funny, this fictional-tween diary is not to be missed for fans of Louise Rennison or (to go back a bit further) Judy Blume.

Embarrassing moments abound, as Lottie tackles the challenges of boobs and bullying, BO and boys, friendships and farts, periods and pubes, and all without her bestie and just her hamsters for advice and sympathy. On the way, she makes plenty of mistakes, learns some useful lessons, and amasses a series of nicknames that is as impressive as it is hilarious.

Any reader familiar with Katie Kirby’s Hurrah For Gin blog will already know how snarkily witty she is, and her style translates perfectly into a very believable 113/4 year old girl!

There are some great positive messages for kids tucked within the wildly entertaining antics of Lottie and her friends, and I enjoyed it as much as an adult as I’m sure I would have in childhood. Minishine is still a little too young for some of the topics here, as she is quite a young, innocent 8, but I will be keeping this for her enjoyment in a couple of years.

In the meantime, I am thrilled that is looks to be the first in a whole series of Lottie Brooks books and can’t wait to get hold of the next one… er, for Minishine, in the future, you know! 😉

THE PLAN: I am going to reinvent myself over the summer and become a new Lottie! More confident and that sort of thing, so that I can start high school and become instanty popular and worshipped by all my adoring fans!

Or I’d also settle for just flying under the radar but having someone to eat lunch with, so that I don’t have to stuff my sandwiches into my mouth as quickly as possible then hide in the toilets for the rest of break.

Will anyone actually be able to look past my potato-ness, my skinny legs and my complete lack of social skills? We’ll see.

– Katie Kirby, The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks

Find more from Katie Kirby at her blog here, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks is available on Amazon right now!

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