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Funny, heartfelt story of fleeing the pitfalls of online life to find real-life joy
Striking a brilliant balance between providing excellent entertainment and exploring topical issues, Tamsin Winter’s Girl (in real life) tells a lively, LOL-some, life-affirming tale. At its heart is Eva, who’s lived in the public eye since birth. Actually, since before birth - her parents have been vlogging about her on their All About Eva YouTube channel since she was in the womb. While getting free stuff from sponsors might be pretty cool (at first), the idea of living an unfiltered life, free from the shackles of endless product-promotion, has escalating appeal, especially when Eva’s parents go against her wishes and broadcast news of her first period to their gazillion subscribers.
While feeling embarrassed and betrayed, Eva quickly bonds with new girl Carys, who “just seemed to get it. She was the first person in forever to ask me if I minded this stuff.” And, as it happens, Carys also has the skills to help Eva make serious changes. When her plan is set in motion, the fall-out builds to an epic storm that will have readers reeling, gasping and cringing (and, in all probability, shedding tears).
Countering this storm, the pertinent wisdom of Eva’s glorious Danish granny is a pacifying presence, and her friends Hallie and Spud are adorable, authentic delights. Above all, and through everything, Eva’s voice is utterly engaging.
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What's it like to grow up online and have every tantrum, every spot - even your first period - broadcast to hundreds of thousands of followers?
A funny and heartfelt novel for fans of Geek Girl, from the award-winning Tamsin Winter.
Most parents try to limit their kids' online exposure. But not Eva's. Her parents run a hugely successful YouTube channel, and Eva is the star of the show. But Eva is getting sick of being made to pose in stupid mum-and-daughter matching outfits for sponsored posts. The freebies aren't worth the teasing at school. And when an intensely humiliating period party post goes viral, Eva is outraged. She's going to find a way to stop the channel, even if she has to sabotage it herself.
Funny and heartfelt, this is an astute, timely look at the impact of online life and forging your own identity. - The Bookseller
Tamsin Winter is fast becoming a favourite for younger teenagers. - The Observer
|Publication date:||8th July 2021|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Humorous, Personal Social Health Economic|
Tamsin Winter grew up in a tiny village in Northamptonshire where there was nothing to do. She spent her childhood reading books and writing stories, mostly about cats (she loves cats so much that they still always appear in her books). She has a degree in English literature and creative writing, and has been teaching, travelling the world and daydreaming for most of her adult life, and now lives in Leicestershire with her son. She is passionate about writing stories that she hopes can make a difference to readers’ lives. Read a Q&A with the author.More About Tamsin Winter