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Franc.World May Book Club Review

It’s good to be bad this month with our young reader choice focusing on none other than everyone’s favourite baddie – The Big Bad Wolf. Our young adult choice, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, will keep readers on the edge of their seats ‘til the very end.

Let’s dive in!

Diary Of A Big Bad Wolf by Ben Miller

“Diary of a Big Bad Wolf” by Ben Millar is a delightful reimagining of the classic fairy tale character, giving readers a fresh perspective on the notorious BBW (that’s Big Bad Wolf), we’ve come to know from childhood stories.
The book follows the adventures of the big bad wolf as he navigates through the challenges of his everyday life – from his encounters with the three little pigs to his interactions with other fairy tale characters.
One of the most compelling aspects of “Diary of a Big Bad Wolf” is how it’s written through his diary entries, we see the wolf grapple with issues of identity, friendship, and even love, making him a relatable and sympathetic character – despite his reputation.

Millar’s writing style is engaging and accessible, making the book suitable for readers of all ages. The diary format adds an intimate touch to the storytelling, allowing readers to feel as though they are privy to the wolf’s innermost thoughts and emotions.
A truly enchanting tale.

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson

A gripping and cleverly plotted young adult mystery novel, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Jackson’s debut novel introduces us to Pippa Fitz-Amobi, a determined and resourceful teenage sleuth who embarks on a quest to unravel the truth behind a murder case that has haunted her small town for five years.

The story begins with Pippa’s decision to undertake a senior-year project: reinvestigating the murder of Andie Bell, a popular student whose boyfriend was accused of her murder before committing suicide. Despite the official conclusion of the case, Pippa is convinced that there is more to the story and sets out to uncover the hidden truths buried beneath layers of deception and secrecy.

What sets “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” apart is its unique narrative structure, which combines Pippa’s investigative notes, interview transcripts, and multimedia elements to create a multi-dimensional and immersive reading experience. Jackson skilfully weaves together different narrative threads, keeping readers guessing until the very end.

One of the novel’s greatest strengths is its well-developed characters and Jackson’s writing is crisp, fast-paced, and full of suspense, making it difficult to put the book down once you start. A standout debut novel that delivers suspense, intrigue, and heart in equal measure.

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