In an overcrowded market, this book shines out for the depth of its characterisation, its thoroughly researched backgorund and its social awareness.
Nonie, our teenage narrator, already has a pretty glamorous life in Central London with her ex-model, now art-manager mother, a friend on the verge of Hollywood stardom and an address book full of media and creative contacts - oh, and a brilliantly realised Dior-wearing granny. It all sounds like the stuff teenage dreams are made of, and it is, but the downside of celebrity isn't glossed over - her movie-star friend struggles with the media and unrequited love in the spotlight, her friend Edie wants to change the world and when they discover the phenomenally talented Crow, it's the start of a journey that will bring the four girls not only fame and fortune, but an insight into the harsh reality of refugee families.
There's a lot of warmth, wit and colour in this book, and it will appeal not only to budding fashionistas but to young teens who combine a love of all things sequinned with an emerging social conscience. It's well-written and manages to pack quite a punch while staying - just about - on the right side of credibility (although a 14 year old combining study with launching a 12 year old's collection in London Fashion Week is probably pushing it a bit).
Probably best reserved for 11 year olds and up, unless you want to have to explain what a condom is.
Threads Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 41 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||12 September 2011|
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Hugely enjoyable!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 April 2011
The highest praise I can give any book is that I can't easily put it down; "Threads" totally deserves that highest praise. I really enjoyed the lovely characters, great little fashion facts and a plot that clips right along. I have given it to my fashionista friend even though she's well over 30, but could have just as easily given it to a trendy 10-year-old. I especially love that it's set in South West London! Yay.
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Tim in London
Wow - what a great read....Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2009
Threads is an absolutely great read; a real page turner where you just want to know what happens next. The descriptions are fabulous and the character's voices are so clear. I maybe slightly biased, but I got this excellent book from Amazon yesterday and had read the whole thing by 9am today. Get it for your sisters, daughters, nieces and your mum. But don't be suprised if the boys want to sneak a read too as Harry and Henry are great characters too!
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Top quality product at very cheap price compared to shops. Free P&P also