I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. To do so I would have to come and meet each of you individually and just hug you, really tight, go off on an animated political rant and then possibly dance and force feed you cheese. Because there is so much going on in this book and it is filled with so much joy. It spoke to me in a way that the very best books can. It got under my skin and made me laugh and cry and think. It is fierce and funny and positive and political and beautifully written… and you all need to pre-order it now.
Go on… I’ll wait here while you do.
‘Mireille, Astrid and Hakima have just been voted the three ugliest girls in school by their classmates on Facebook. But does that mean they’re going to sit around crying about it?…Well, maybe a little, but not for long! Climbing onto their bikes, the friends set off on a summer roadtrip to Paris. The girls will find fame, friendship and happiness on their journey, and still have time to eat a mountain of food (and drink the odd glass of wine) along the way. But will they really be able to leave all their troubles behind? Piglettes is a hilarious, beautiful and uplifting story of three girls who are determined not to let online bullying get them down.’
Piglettes is so much more than a road trip coming of age story. It celebrates friendship and finding your people. It sings of the joys of food and nature and music. It opens the discussion on big issues like body image and feminism, bullying and gender roles, war and racism. But it touches these subjects in such a wonderful way; introducing them without preaching; prompting the reader to question and think about the way they want to live in the world. This is exactly the kind of book our young adults need and deserve.
We UK folk are seriously late to the party on this one – Piglettes has been translated from French by the author and has already won France’s biggest prize for teen and YA fiction – but I’m so very glad that Clémentine Beauvais has translated it for us and the folk at Pushkin Press have brought it over here.
Hurry up and get your copy here!
Source – kindly sent for review by Pushkin Press