Wednesday, March 21

Review: Second Best Friend

Second Best Friend
Non Pratt

Published By: Barrington Stoke
Publication Date: January 15, 2018
Date Read: February 9, 2018
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Review Copy from Barrington Stoke
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152

From Goodreads:
Jade and Becky are best friends, but when Jade’s ex-boyfriend lets on that everyone thinks Becky is the better of the two, Jade finds herself noticing just how often she comes second to her best friend. There’s nothing Jade is better at than Becky.

So when Jade is voted in as Party Leader ahead of her school’s General Election only to find herself standing against Becky, Jade sees it as a chance to prove herself. If there’s one thing she can win, it’s this election – even if it means losing her best friend.

Second Best Friend was one of the 2018 releases that I absolutely couldn't wait for. I have been a huge Non Pratt fan ever since reading her debut, Trouble, and since then I seriously cannot get enough of her books. I have read and loved all of them and Second Best Friend was no exception. Non once again writes about an incredible important and relevant issue in teens and I feel like this is the more raw and real story so far.

Jade and Becky have been best friends forever. But Jade is finding herself repeatedly jealous of Becky and as she starts comparing herself to her best friend she finds herself falling onto a path and she can't get off. She needs to prove herself better than Becky on at least one thing... but the farther Jade goes the more likely it is looking that she will lose her best friend forever.

Once again Non is tackling a very important issue that you see far too often in teenagers. Them comparing themselves to each other, especially on social media which results in them developing mental health issues and issues with their self-esteem and view of themselves. Non has done a fantastic job of showing just how dangerous this behaviour can be and she has done it in a totally unputdownable story.

I loved reading about Jade and Becky and even as Jade began spiralling farther and farther down this awful path I just couldn't put it down. Second Best Friend is a fantastic short novella and I loved every second of it. You don't need a full-length novel to associate and love Non's story and characters. I was so invested in this story and couldn't put it down.

The one thing that fell down for me was I really wanted to read more. I felt like the ending was a littel abrupt. Non has spun this incredible tale and when it was over I just wanted to know what happened next to these characters. What happened to Jade? Did she and Nick end up working things out? I just feel like the ending left much to be desires and I have so many questions. I really wish it was longer, or that Non would write a follow-up.

Second Best Friend is an amazing realistic short story that anyone will enjoy. If you're looking for an amazing, addictive read that won't take you too long to read then I highly recommend you pick up Second Best Friend.

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