The second novel in the stunning, acclaimed Butterfly Novels series
Everyone thinks they know who I am - ditzy Sarah, who cares more about appearances than she does about anything real. And yeah, I do care about what people think of me.
Take my friends Alex and Rachel. We all go to Strandbrook College, Dublin. We're supposed to be best friends. But Alex and Rachel - they're really close. They tell each other things that they would never tell me. I try not to mind.
And then there's Simon. He's my sort-of boyfriend but we hardly see each other. And when we do, I feel like he doesn't really 'see' me, you know
Everything's such a mess right now. My dad left us to be with Her; my mum is really angry all the time; and my brother Louis, he just doesn't care.
I guess that's why the shoplifting started. It makes me feel good. In control.
I just want everything to change. And it does. The day I got caught . . .
Packed with contemporary references (...) the dialogue is sharp (...) the writing tense, and emotion ripples through every page. Deegan nails Alex's caustic teen voice, and leaves the reader rooting for her heroine throughout. Think 90210 with a sprinkling of Dublin grit. This might be the book to get older teens reading again. - Sarah Webb, Irish Independent
This is a gem of a book; intriguing, deep and thoughtful. Alex is a feisty heroine, and her voice rings strong and true. (...) Teenagers - and adults - will adore this book. It kept me up half the night. - Irish Examiner
Deegan slips into her teenage alter-ego with ease and writes believingly of a generation that is obsessed with the likes of Paris Hilton, Facebook and iPhones. An engaging and emotional read that leaves you wanting more - bring on the second instalment - RTE Guide
'... deft handling of plot and ... characters' credible responses to their teen emotional crises ... [Denise shows] considerable insight into the minefields of adolescent friendships and knows how to keep the pages turning. - Irish Times
It's wonderful. (...) I absolutely loved it. I was so engrossed in it that my family started pulling it out of my hands if they wanted my attention. I can't wait to read (And For Your Information...) - Keris Stainton, author of Jessie Hearts NYC, on Chicklish website
Denise Deegan is the bestselling author of four novels and one book of non-fiction. She has been published in Ireland, the UK and Commonwealth, Germany, Holland and Korea. br />
Denise has contributed to short story collections and written regularly in the Irish media. She has given writing workshops for adults and children.
She is the mother of two children.