Girls Under Pressure

(2 reviews with an average rating of 5 out of 5)

Publisher: Random House

Ellie hasn't ever thought much about her size, or how much she weighs - until Nadine has a chance to become a cover girl for a teen magazine, and Ellie begins comparing herself with her friends. Tall, slender Nadine and glamorous Magda are both drop-dead-gorgeous, and Ellie feels like the ugly duckling. She decides to go on a diet and even to take up exercise, much to her teachers' amazement, but soon gets carried away with her plan to lose weight. Ellie's friends and family voice their concerns - but it's schoolfriend Zoe who finally helps Ellie to realise why she has to stop her obsession with being skinny.

Jacqueline Wilson's popular Girls series continues with this engaging and readable story, which touches on a range of issues relating to body image, and will particularly appeal to younger teenage and pre-teen girls. As always, Wilson manages to balance humour with a thoughtful approach to the challenges of growing up, bringing a distinctive lightness to a serious subject.

More books like this

Hetty Feather

Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

Nick Sharratt's silhouettes perfectly reflect the mood of Jacqueline Wilson's first historical fiction, set in London's Foundling Hospital in the 1870s.

Read more about Hetty Feather


Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

Wilson skilfully combines an approachable and involving teenage story with a debate about true friendship, sexual identity and growing up.

Read more about Kiss

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...