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This second opposites-attract Galloway Girls romance is as gripping as it is entertaining as insecure Gemma grapples with self-esteem demons to find her feet.
Following on from Lily’s Just Fine, this Scottish seaside-set romance tackles issues of self-confidence and coming-of-age confusion with a lovely lightness of touch. Alongside a sweet rollercoaster romance, the author explores how difficult it can be to find your way in the world, how difficult it is to make life-changing decisions.
Gemma is one of life’s self-doubters. Painfully unsure of herself, she’s the polar opposite of her super-confident, super-enthusiastic best friend Lily, whom we met in the first of this four-book series. A talented musician, Gemma’s been offered an audition at the prestigious Glasgow Conservatoire, but she’s not sure she can face it, or if this is what she really wants.
Meanwhile, Lily’s ex-boyfriend is already at uni in Glasgow. Confident coaster Jamie seems to have the world at his feet, but beneath his happy-go-lucky exterior, Jamie’s struggling - failing his assignments and only on this course due to parental pressure. As it all gets too much, he and Gemma strike up an unlikely friendship - and more - when Jamie convinces her to form a band with him. The path of their romance is far from smooth, with Gemma doubting herself at every turn, and Jamie struggling to find a new life course, but the cute couple carry readers with them every step of the way. You can’t help but root for Gemma to be happy, to feel at ease, to find her way in the world. And Jamie too. Far from being the cocksure young man people take him to be, he’s also a lost soul, floundering to find his way.
With a sweet sub-plot about mentoring and empathy alongside the romantic drama, this a fun summer read with emotional wisdom.
Gill Stewart launched the series in July 2019 at Young Adult Lit Con (YALC) after starring on a panel alongside some big YA authors, namely Lucy Powrie, Kate Mallinder and Alexandra Sheppard.
Keen to represent small-town Scotland, Stewart said: “There are so many books set in London and I was quite keen for it to be [about] ordinary kids in an ordinary school who are doing special things. It's a contemporary novel set in a contemporary town and I hope that is empowering in itself.”
She feels strongly about the negative portrayal of young people in the media and aims to use her writing to represent teens as ambitious, determined and community-minded.
Gemma's not sure if she's brave enough to go to her audition, or if she even wants to study music at all. She's definitely not sure forming a band with Lily's hot ex-boyfriend is a good idea. Jamie's university life isn't like he thought it would be, and he doesn't know what to do about it. One thing he does know is that he wants a reason to bump into Gemma Anderson again.
The Galloway Girls are back! With exams coming up and major life choices in progress, everything is about to change.
The perfect fluffy YA romance set in Scotland that's fun, sweet and fast-paced while also dealing with the important theme of self-discovery. An excellent addition to the Galloway Girls series. -- Estelle Maskame, international bestselling author of the DIMILY series
|Publication date:||30th April 2020|
|Publisher:||Sweet Cherry Publishing|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Romance / Relationship Stories, School Stories|
|Collections:||Summer Reading 2020,|
Gill Stewart was born in England but has lived in South Africa, France and Zimbabwe. Now a full-time writer, she lives in Scotland overlooking the beautiful west coast which inspires the settings in her stories. She is a longstanding member of The Romantic Novelists' Association and The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. The first book in her Galloway Girls series, Lily's Just Fine, has been nominated for the People's Book Prize 2020 summer award.More About Gill Stewart