Love Bomb by Jenny McLachlan

Love Bomb

Written by Jenny McLachlan

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Flirty Dancing author Jenny McLachlan has her finger firmly on the pulse of teen girls! Love Bomb is the second book in the Ladybirds series, and the good news is that it’s just as funny, smart and current as the first. Narrator Betty Plum has fallen in love by page 5 – but it’s literally the first time she’s fancied someone real. (Italics are a vital component of this book, which is all the better for it). As we all know however, the path of true love never runs smooth, and the person Betty really needs – her mum – isn’t there to help. The breezy humour is cut through with real sadness, but the reader will be left smiling, cheered, inspired and happy. ~ Andrea Reece


Love Bomb by Jenny McLachlan

Betty Plum has never been in love. She's never even kissed a boy. But when H.O.T. Toby starts school it's like Betty has been hit with a thousand of Cupid's arrows. It's like a bomb has exploded - a love bomb! More than ever Betty wishes her mum hadn't died when Betty was a baby. She really needs her mum here to ask her advice. And that's when she finds hidden letters for just these moments. Letters about what your first kiss should feel like and what real love is all about ...Is Betty ready to fall in love? Will she finally have her first kiss?


'Superbly observed ... the sort of series you want your about-to-be-teenage daughter to read' The Teacher

'McLachlan has an assured, comic touch ... perfect' School Librarian

'Laugh-out-loud' Elli Rhodes The Teacher


‘I was rooting for Bea all the way and cheered when she began to emerge from her shell. Hurray for Bea!’ Jo Cotterill (author of Star Crossed)

‘Hilarious’ Sunday Times

‘Perfect for girls in years seven, eight and nine’ Guardian

‘I absolutely loved this warm, funny tale of jiving, mean girls and love on the dancefloor. Great jacket and an irresistible title too. Perfect for the Geek Girl/Louise Rennison younger end of teen’ Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

‘Sure to draw in an army of fans’ Ink Pellet

‘This book is funny, sad, confusing and full of tension all at the same time’ First News

‘Smart, funny writing, engagingly balancing the serious stuff - bullying, first love, friendship - with the joy of lindy hop and aerial moves’ Booktrust

‘Read this book if: you love dancing, your BFFs, boys, musicals, and annoying little sisters (my favourite character was Emma, Bea’s three-year-old sister, whose inappropriate comments made me laugh out loud!)’ We Love This Book

About the Author

Jenny McLachlan

Before Jenny started writing books for teenagers, she was an English teacher. Although she loved teaching funny teenagers (and stealing the things they said and putting them in her books) she now gets to write about them full time. In her spare time, just like Bea the heroine in her first novel, Flirty Dancing, Jenny loves to jive.

She is based in Eastbourne.

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304 pages


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Bloomsbury Childrens an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

11th February 2016




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