Troubador Fifteen Going On Grown Up

Released: 01/06/2012

eISBN: 9781780888835

Format: eBook

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Fifteen Going On Grown Up


Hally slowly traced the shape of her body with her hands, examining it inch by inch. At the back of her mind was a little fear that kept telling her what she was seeing must be a trick of the mirror. In reality she knew this wasn’t true because now the names had changed from “pasteboard” to “tissue bra”. It seemed to Hally that the popular group just had it in for her and no matter what she looked like or what sort of person she was, they were always going to find a reason to ridicule her and be hateful. Mum had told her countless times that they were just jealous, but jealous of what Hally couldn’t fathom.

Making a fool of yourself in front of the boy you really like, being taunted by the popular girls and going through trials and tribulations with your best friends – all teenage rites of passage, and things Hally Mackeller, a young girl, is going through in Fifteen Going on Grown Up.

Hally faces all the ups and downs of teen life with her two best friends, Clia and Corrinne, dealing with her own emotions as first kisses evolve into real teenage sexual feelings. At the beginning of the summer holidays, Hally meets a boy called Wes, with whom she nervously embarks on her first relationship, despite him being three and a half years older than her. They’ve been going out for a year when Hally finds out a devastating secret, and other traumatic, painful and sad experiences further test Hally’s emotional maturity and strength.

Reminiscent of coming-of-age authors like Meg Cabot, Karen McCombie and Judy Blume, Fifteen Going on Grown Up will resonate with teenage girls who are worried about their appearance – and their first kiss.

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Stephanie M. Turner

I was born and educated in Oxford, the youngest of three girls. My parents nurtured my love of books and my imagination from an early age. I have been writing since I was able to put a pencil to paper and could string together a few badly spelled words with crayon pictures of princesses and their princes alongside the stories. But as I grew, so did my writing both in quality and maturity. Today I write for others to read because I want my imagination to come alive for them. Mostly I write teen fiction because I have a great deal of experience interacting with children and teenagers as part of my career. But also because I am a mother of four, and after spending years talking and listening to them and their friends, I believe I have gained a wonderful insight into the way they act and interact. They are my inspiration.

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