Friends and followers of this blog know that I know some p-r-e-t-t-y fabulous author-type people.
And they don't come any prettier or fabulouser than Keris Stainton.
And even though we've 'known' each other for six or so years (we met on the WWWriting site Write Words when she was the effervescent host of the Chicklit Group) we've never actually met in the flesh - so's to speak. Which will be remedied a week on Saturday when the Girl and I are joining a happy throng of others at the launch of her first published book "Della Says: OMG!"
(She wasn't allowed to say WTF in the end)
And -OMG! I read it - in three days flat. And I didn't want it to end - which is always the sign of a really, really good book. That, and the fact that I get so attached to the characters that I'm offended when they don't keep in touch after the last page, but I'm thinking that's maybe more to do with paranoia on my part and less the intention of the book itself.
Anyway - here's my review of Keris's fantastic debut which I put on Amazon - oh, and while you're there, why don't you just click on 'place order' - you'll be very happy you did and you'll make another pretty fabulous author person very happy too!
OMG! What can I say? This book was absolutely the best 2 nights I've spent in bed recently! Meg Cabot is right when she affirms: "It's a delicious treat you'll want to eat up in a single bite!".
The eponymous Della is a wonderfully rounded, engaging, believable girl with all the dreams and anxieties that accompany any teenager. With her liberal-minded parents (her Dad is a scream) and her older sister jetting off to the States, Della is delighted when the gorgeous Dan, whom she has lusted after since he gave her some crayons aged four, finally asks her out.
But that's when the madness starts. During her sister's going away party - somewhere between the bit where her sister's boyfriend sticks his tongue down her throat, and the bit when she decides to kiss Dan for the first time, Della's Diary goes missing. And even though she's now got the delightful Dan to take her mind off of it's whereabouts, it's not until pages... extremely embarrassing pages... of it start turning up on Facebook and other places that she really begins to worry who's got it. And why. And she starts to doubt everyone. Even her best friend, Maddy and the perfectly wonderful Dan.
"Della Says: OMG!" Is a rollercoaster ride from start to end. I seriously didn't want it to finish. The writing is sparkling, upbeat, very, very funny and the conversations between the characters is just so convincing it makes you want to read them over and over again and wish you were right there with them.
Keris Stainton is a name to watch out for - a bright, new voice in teenage fiction and if you like your characters believable, familiar and refreshingly honest, then you HAVE to read "Della Says:OMG!" You won't be disappointed.
Oh, and the pretty fabulous Keris Stainton will be appearing HERE - yes, here - as a part of her Blog tour and subsequent world domination - on Tuesday 4th May - that's next Tuesday - answering some quick fire questions and telling us a bit more about herself and her writing, and about "Della Says: OMG!"
So, it's a date, okay?