The Book Bag

This book has one of the best openings I've read recently: I'm dressed as a spider, waiting to go onstage to impersonate a carrot. It could be worse: I could be dressed as a carrot, waiting to go on to impersonate a carrot. That would be even more humiliating… This immediately sets the tone for what is a light-hearted and entertaining read, packed with both funny and cringe-worthy moments.

I lost track of the number of times I laughed out loud. For example, the moment when they're all asked to share a secret about themselves at the all-important audition and Elektra's so nervous she blurts out that her left boob is at least one inch smaller than her right. I also loved the way Mum becomes completely irrational whenever Elektra is late or doesn't answer her phone: as Elektra explains when she said she'd almost called the police, that wasn't just parental hyperbole, it was fact. She'd phoned them before. I probably had a file.