The Book That Made Me: James Mayhew 17/07/19
What's Up With Jody Barton?
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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.