Monday, 9 November 2009


I don't write book reviews these days, but I wanted to mention Threads by Sophia Bennett because it's the first book I've read in ages, which makes me want to shout from the rooftops: I'M ME AGAIN!

I think I'm just recovering from the author's version of cold feet before a wedding. The build-up towards my own book being released reached silly proportions (in my head, I mean) and I found I could neither concentrate on my work-in-progress nor delve into any of the many books that have piled up recently. It seemed like the best dream in the world - becoming a published author - was being blighted by my worst nightmare - not being able to READ!

But Threads has cured me. Captivated, inspired and cured me. I won't go on too much because, as I say, I don't do reviews, but suffice to say that if you know a girl aged between 10 and 14 who likes books and / or fashion, get them this for Christmas. I feel like that's a more English version of telling you to buy my book for Christmas (um, please do that, too, um, if you like).

Not only does Sophia Bennett have a style and wit that would please any reader, she also has an uncanny ability to make you want to update your wardrobe. Reading about her characters' quirky dress designs reminded me of Molly Ringwald in Pretty In Pink, cutting stuff up and sewing it back together all funny-like. To someone who has virtually no original sense of style, Sophia's teenage characters had me wide-eyed and willing to be influenced...of course they didn't actually come shopping with me today, so they can't be held responsible for the maxi-dress in Aegean blue, that makes me look like an entire Greek Island, or the tunic dress that anyone going to a 60s night is more than welcome to borrow. But it felt good to be bold - a girl can only wear so much black.

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RKCharron said...

Hi Emily :)
Thank you for sharing.
THREADS sounds like a great read.
Love & Best Wishes,

The Gourmet Traveller said...

Gosh, I wish I taught girls, rather than at my all boy prep school; then I could buy these books for our little library. Alas, the boys are far more interested in Darren Shan and Anthony Horowitz. I can't wait to read your book, though!

Emily Gale said...

Thanks for visiting, RK. And hello Traveller - well at least they're interested! and not just in Harry Potter (no offence JK). Hope you enjoy mine (*scared*).


Geraldine Ryan said...

I wish I had someone I could give your book and "Threads" to! I might get it for myself as I'm a huge clothes fan. My all time favourite trash TV show is Project Runway, so that tells you all, closely followed by America's Next Top Model.

Emily Gale said...

Oh, Geri, read Threads for your inner teenager then, or for your inner teen fiction writer - I know she's still in there! I reckon you'd love it.

Geraldine Ryan said...

Emily, you've persuaded me!