I’m delighted to be a part of Isabella May’s blog tour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources! Here’s my 5-star review for Bubblegum and Blazers.
This is a fun read that takes you back to school in the 1990s, complete with a tuck shop filled with nostalgic treats! Isabella May works her magic again in her mouth-watering descriptions of sweets from years gone by – you can almost taste them! Combined with her spot-on observations of the past and present, this is a must-read for anyone over 30!
This is a school reunion with a difference – 3 months in the company of old classmates, with a huge jackpot at the end for the winner. The author has captured the nuances of the ‘elitism’ we all experienced at school at one point or another, those secret crushes and power-plays, the highs and lows of life in and out of school. As we get to know the characters, we find out what’s really behind their social media profiles, and that their oh-so-perfect lives aren’t actually that perfect.
There is plenty of chaos as the show progresses, with a few twists and plenty of surprises along the way, but the story all comes together with a satisfying ending. I loved that the book was a glimpse of reality TV from behind the cameras, with a hint of craziness you can easily imagine being present while organising this kind of show. Well written, with a cast of characters you’ll either love or hate, and then change your mind about several times, this is a book I highly recommend. Grab a hot chocolate and some flying saucers or banana split toffees, and settle down for an entertaining trip to the past!
Bubblegum and Blazers
When Ali, Blake, Charlotte, and Grant sign contracts to star in a Back to School reality TV show, LOVE is the very last thing on their minds:
Ali flies to the UK from New Zealand, intrigued by the golden opportunity to advance her amateur social media influencer career.
Blake carpe diems the moment with both hands after a constant flurry of bad luck.
Charlotte jumps at the chance to relive her sporting glories of the past – and take a hiatus from her humdrum marriage.
And Grant is just relieved to get away from his failing second-hand music shop.
But once the advances hit their bank accounts, it soon becomes apparent that producer Jock’s Pied Piper-style offer to change their lives is distinctly lacking in sherbet fizz!
In fact, the only sweet thing about this gig for the former students and the rest of their Bubblegum
and Blazers competitors, may just be the packet of candy in their pockets.
Re-enacting their past is a rollercoaster of revelations, retaliation, and unlikely romance in a gold-fish bowl of mayhem where Raphael (Agony Uncle of the school sweet shop) and his rhubarb and custards reign supreme…
Purchase Link: mybook.to/bubblegumandblazers
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer.
After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!
All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.
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