Best friends become bitter rivals in the darkly funny new story from Sarra Manning
Alice Jenkins is the worst girlfriend in the world according to the many, many boys who've shimmied up lampposts and shoplifted from New Look to impress her, only to be dumped when she gets bored of them. Alice has a very low boredom threshold.
But she never gets bored with Franny, her best friend since they met at nursery school. Friends are for ever. Ain't nothing going to come between them. Girls rule, boys drool is their motto. Well, it's Alice's motto, Franny doesn't have much time for boys; they're all totes immature and only interested in one thing.
But then there's Louis Allen, lead singer of Thee Desperadoes, the best band in Merrycliffe-on-sea (though that could be because they're the only band in Merrycliffe-on-sea). He's a tousle-haired, skinny-jeaned, sultry-eyed manchild, the closest thing that Franny's ever seen to the hipsters that she's read about on the internet and she's been crushing on him HARD for the last three years.
She's never worked up the courage to actually speak to him but she's sure on some deeper level that goes beyond mere words, Louis absolutely knows that she's his soulmate. He just doesn't know that he knows it yet. It's why he cops off with so many other girls.
So, when Alice, bored with callow youths, sets her sights on Louis it threatens to tear the girls' friendship apart, even though they're better than fighting over a boy.
They strike a devil's deal - may the best girl win. Best friends become bitter rivals and everything comes to an explosive conclusion on their first trip to London.
Can true friendship conquer all?
Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five years
working on the legendary but now sadly defunct UK teen mag, J17, first
as a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined the
launch team of teen fashion bible Ellegirl UK, which she later went on
to edit and has consulted on a wide range of other youth titles
including Bliss, The Face and More.
Sarra was most recently editor of BBC's What To Wear magazine. She's
now advises a number of UK magazine publishers as well as writing
features and a monthly column for ELLE UK and is a regular contributor
to Grazia and Red magazines. Sarra has also contributed to The
Guardian, ES Magazine, Seventeen, Details and Heat and wrote the Shop
Bitch column for Time Out London. Sarra lives in North London with her
devoted dog, Dino, the mongrel she saved from an untimely death.