This brand new series from Geek Girl creator Holly Smale is a charming read, with Hope's idiosyncrasies and unique grasp of the English language making her an endearing character to spend time with... Readers might find Hope's unwavering rose-tinted spectacles frustrating at first, but they'll soon be cheering her on as she begins to grow and take control of her life. A light-hearted but satisfying story.
This is a far cry from Noel Streatfeild. Yet Hope is also is an eagle-eyed narrator who captures her family's eccentricities brilliantly. "My eyelashes must have been fluttering too fast to see properly," she says near the start. But the triumph of this book is that she never misses a thing.