Ginger Snaps by Cathy Cassidy

Are you a fan of Cathy Cassidy’s books? Find out what our reviewer Emma thought of her book Ginger Snaps:

This book is about friendship and fitting in.  The main character is Ginger, who used to be bulled at her primary school.  But, she thinks that her luck has changed when popular and confident Shannon decides to be her friend.  But of course, things don’t stay happy forever and when they befriend lonely Emily (Ginger’s primary school classsmate from the past) their comfortable twosome becomes an awkward threesome.  And to make matters worse, Ginger meets saxophone-playing boy Sam and they both instantly fall for each other.  But Shannon does not approve.  Ginger ends up having to make a hard decision between Shannon and Sam.  But who should she choose?

This story outlines some of the tough choices we may have to make in life, e.g. choosing between friends.  Sometimes when we make new friends our old friends might become jealous and suddenly we find ourselves thinking:- “who really is my friend?”

All of Cathy Cassidy’s stories are very true to life – but this one in particular seems to be the story that a great many of us can relate to, with peer pressure as the main subject.  Some children can be under a lot of peer pressure.  Sometimes even their best friends can order them around, telling them what to do and what not to do.  Shannon, in “Ginger Snaps”, is very much like this and Ginger doesn’t realise it until she meets kind and caring Sam.

Rating: 9/10 – This book is a good aid to living and is an easy, lighthearted read.  Cathy Cassidy’s books remind me of Jacqueline Wilson’s stories.  So, if you are a fan of Jacqueline’s books, go on ahead and give Cathy’s books a read.  You won’t regret it.

By Emma C aged 12

You might also enjoy our review of Sundae Girl and 15 things You Didn’t Know about Cathy Cassidy.

Over to you now. Have you read Ginger Snaps? What did you think? tell us in the comments below.

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