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The Real Rebecca

Written by Anna Carey

Part of the The Real Rebecca Series

The Real Rebecca Synopsis

My name is Rebecca Rafferty, and my mother has ruined my life. Again. I didn't mind her writing boring books for grown-ups. But now she's written one about an awful girl my age and everyone thinks it's me! Including the boy who delivers our newspapers, aka Paperboy, aka the most gorgeous boy in the whole world. Oh, the shame! And if that wasn't awful enough, the biggest pain in my class wants to use my 'fame' to get herself on the reality show 'My Big Birthday Bash'. I've just got to show everyone the REAL Rebecca. But how?

The Real Rebecca Press Reviews

'well written, highly readable' -- Irish Independent 'treats the embarrassment of mother/daughter relationships wittily and realistically' -- Sunday Independent 'To find a really funny book, for teenagers, about teenagers, is a treat ... written in the form of a diary, that of a fourteen-year-old girl whose mercurial emotions are reflected in all the entries. These are haphazard, sometimes, but always hilarious . -- School Librarian magazine 'A pleasurable and extremely humorous read, this novel will appeal to young teens who will enjoy the protagonist's voice and the central theme of self-discovery' -- Book Fest 'The Real Rebecca is an excellent book which, if you like 1st person/diary books, can be really exciting in showing ways of school life.' -- The Guardian 'wonderfully humorous moments, and moments of great satire too.' -- Jane Carroll, Inis Magazine 'the language and story structure are easily accessible ... brilliantly funny, full of fun and laughs, and the voice of the central character is very genuine and relatable ... A thoroughly enjoyable read and a strong start for Carey.' -- Mary Esther Judy, Inis Magazine 'gentle angst and comedy at constant counterpoint ... easily read and easily engaged with ... enjoyable foray into young teen fiction.' -- Hannah Deacon (16yrs), Inis Magazine 'Anna Carey is a welcome newcomer to the exalted ranks of Irish women writing for 'post-pre-teen' reader ... Welcome to the world of Rebecca Rafferty: boys, music, bitches and drums.' -- Inis Magazine 'The brilliantly funny The Real Rebecca by Dublin freelancer Anna Carey (O'Brien Press) has to be the start of a new Irish genre- teen chicklit.' -- Evening Herald 'Written in diary form, this is a funny book which many teenage girls will identify with even if their mother is not a bestselling novelist.' -- Books Ireland Now two fresh names to young people's fiction refashion contemporary emotional kaleidoscopes into teen chick lit, a category of writing with its own conventions ... Their (Anna Carey and another author's) skill shows their deft handling of plot and in their characters' credible responses to their teen emotional crises. In particular, both writers have considerable insight into the minefields of adolescent friendships and know how to keep the pages turning. -- Irish Times Weekend Review This is a funny light-hearted romp ... Carey's observation of adolescent self-absorption and uncertainty is sure and precise. -- Irish Times Weekend Review Written as a diary, this one is aimed at the pre-teen. And they're sure to love it -- Irish Examiner Weekend Written in the form of a diary, The Real Rebecca is a charming and funny novel that captures the eye-rolling aggravation of being a teenage girl - particularly one with a crush. A great choice for young readers. -- Hot Press What is it like inside the mind of a teenage girl? It's a strange, confused and frustrated place, as Anna Carey's first novel The Real Rebecca makes clear ... A laugh-out loud story of a fourteen-year-old girl, Rebecca Rafferty. -- Hot Press It's a really good teen book. The Real Rebecca is funny, really funny ... What I really loved about this book was that it wasn't set somewhere in England or somewhere in America but is definitely set in Ireland and is full of slang and reference points -- Sarra Manning's Blog This book is fantastic! Rebecca is sweet, funny and down-to-earth, and I adored her friends, her quirky parents, her changeable but ultimately loving older sister and the swoonworthy paperboy. -- Chicklish Blog What I loved most about this book was that the dramas were small but significant, and always hilariously written. Rebecca had a brilliantly common-sense approach to the craziness that built around her, and I loved her recognition that even the nastiest girl in her class wasn't really that bad, and that the meanness was actually a bit pathetic. -- Chicklish Blog the key strength of this young-teen title is her ability to recreate the acute awkwardness of being 14. -- Evening Echo Those brief but delicious and cherished conversations with paperboy and the fact that Rebecca doesn't even know his name, yet is madly in love with him, give this diary-style book great credibility. -- Evening Echo With plenty of reference to reality shows, band competition and fashion brands, the background is bang up to date ... I did find Ms Carey's book almost impossible to put aside. -- Books Ireland The story rattles along at a glorious rate - with plenty of witty asides. Rebecca herself is a thoroughly likeable heroine - angsty and mixed-up but warm-hearted and feisty. -- Books Ireland Irish journalist Anna Carey's debut book should appeal to young readers, especially those who feel they just aren't understood. -- Irish Examiner Hurrah! - the cover isn't pink! Rebecca's a spirited, yet slightly awkward teenager and it's fun spending time in her company. So just like the Battle of the Bands - be prepared to be entertained! -- Tall Tales and Short Stories funny first-person narrative with witty one-liners ... The humorous storyline moves along at a cracking pace and we cringe along with Rebecca -- Tall Tales and Short Stories The characters come to life and the situation's plausible yet mixed-up with plenty of craziness ... Rebecca's a spirited, yet slightly awkward teenager and it's fun spending time in her company. So just like the Battle of the Bands - be prepared to be entertained! -- Tall Tales and Short Stories I'm hoping for a second book because Rebecca still hadn't found out an important detail about him by the end! -- Nayu's Reading Corner I was laughing throughout most of the book. I like reading books like this because it's interesting to view them from an older perspective (I'm over a decade older than Rebecca), having had some of the same feelings myself. -- Nayu's Reading Corner A story that anyone who has dreams will enjoy, because the road to achieving dreams is long and hard, but it can be fun, especially with the support of loved ones. -- Nayu's Reading Corner I laughed and squirmed my way through The Real Rebecca, the sparkling and spookily accurate diary of a Dublin teenager. It's stonkingly good and I haven't laughed so much since reading Louise Rennison. Teenage girls (and grown-up teens) will love Rebecca -- Sarah Webb, author of the Ask Amy Green books This is a hilarious and authentic account of a Dublin teenager told with a wit and warmth reminiscent of Judi Curtin -- it definitely had a certain spark to it - I read it in one sitting! -- Wonderous Reads The Real Rebecca deals with all sorts of teenage problems ... Carey tackles each subject with humour and realism, not to mention deadpan one-liners that will have you laughing out loud -- Wonderous Reads I love books like this, and they're always a welcome break from the more serious YA I read. If you're looking for an enjoyable, angst-ridden account of a 14-year-old's life, I think you've found the right book. It's well worth a read. -- Wonderous Reads Rebecca's sharp descriptions of her daily humiliations are very entertaining -- Books for Keeps Publisher O'Brien Press has a reputation for discovering talented children's authors, and this is a very good debut novel: despite the familiar territory it is fresh and original and Carey has a distinctive voice. -- Books for Keeps respected Dublin journalists Anna Carey and Bridget Hourican (The Bad Karma Diaries, due in March) have debut novels with O'Brien Press this season. Carey's book, The Real Rebecca, is the first of this new wave. -- Irish Independent Carey's teen voice is spot-on, and the dialogue crackles with authenticity and wry humour ... It is an excellent debut novel that would delight any Louise Rennison fan -- Irish Independent Adolescence is not a period fondly remembered by many but author Anna Carey has a knack of getting the details just right. -- Irish Independent Review Our new Book of the Week is The Real Rebecca by Anna Carey, a great new voice and definite Princess of Teen -- Books for Keeps Carey's teen voice is spot on ... the dialogue crackles with authenticity and dry humour -- Mad About Books

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847171320
Publication date: 1st February 2011
Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: O'Brien Press Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages

About Anna Carey

ANNA CAREY is a journalist and author from Dublin who has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent and many other publications. Anna's first book, The Real Rebecca, was published in 2011, and went on to win the Senior Children's Book prize at the Irish Book Awards. Rebecca returned in the critically acclaimed Rebecca's Rules, Rebecca Rocks and Rebecca is Always Right. The Making of Mollie (2016) was her first historical novel and was shortlisted for the Senior Children's Book prize at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and was followed by the sequel, Mollie on the March, which received rave reviews.

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