What's Up With Jody Barton?

by Hayley Long

Reading Age: 12+

Interest level: 13+

by Hayley Long

Twins Jody and Jolene couldn’t be more different.  Maths geek Jody loves listening to The Doors and watching River Phoenix films, whilst superconfident Jolene is more interested in make-up and flirting.  In fact they might just be the world’s least identical twins – that is, until one day working in Dad’s cafe, they both fall head-over-heels for the same boy.  But as if being part of a messy twin love-triangle wasn’t enough, Jody also has a very big secret that no one knows about, not even Jolene...

Hayley Long creates a vivid and believable picture of family life in north west London in this warm-hearted and highly readable tale with a brilliantly unexpected twist. Narrated in Jody’s distinctive voice and accompanied with doodles and sketches, it’s a frank and funny story that will entertain teenage readers. However, this is far from a run-of-the-mill romance: instead its a thought-provoking, surprising and meaningful story about self-discovery and learning to be comfortable with who you are.


Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

About the author

  • Hayley Long

    Hayley Long was born in Ipswich and went to university in Aberystwyth before becoming a teacher. She has worked in schools in London and Cardiff and still teaches A Level English to sixth-formers. Her first novel for teenagers was Lottie Biggs is (Not) Mad, which was followed by two more books in the Lottie Biggs series and the novel What's Up with Jody Barton? She lives in Norwich with her husband and their lovely house rabbit.

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Really enjoyed this and thought my assumptions dreadful when shock revealed until I re-read the beginning and realised that the intentions were to make the reader assume (but still horrifying!)

Rating: 5 star
27 November 2012

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