Monday, 29 July 2013

Review: Scissors, Sisters and Manic Panics by Ellie Phillips


Title: Scissors, Sisters & Manic Panics
Author: Ellie Phillips
Author Info: Website|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Dads, Geeks & Blue Haired Freaks #2
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 1st July 2013

Tell Me About It
Sadie Nathanson's back - with more style and tangles than ever before. "Mrs Nellist came in for her cut and colour while Auntie and Tiffany were out the back having a coffee, leaving me to sweep up, and that's kind of where everything got really ugly. It was the hairstyle that Mrs Nellist never knew she wanted. That's all it was about. I don't know why everyone had to go so completely hysterical about it, but that's my family for you." Sadie Nathanson is back! After sorting out exactly who she is, she now feels ready to tackle who she is going to be! With hair as her focus, Sadie decides to enter a major hairdressing competition - though she has her work cut out for her when she gets fired from her Saturday job in Auntie Lilah's salon. And if that's not bad enough, it turns out there are yet still more surprises in store Dadwise...

My Thoughts
I had no idea that Scissors, Sisters & Manic Panics was released until I stumbled upon it on another blog,  a few days later I received an email from a publicist asking if I was interesting in receiving a copy for review, I said yes instantly and awaited the arrival of the book.
Sadie is back again and bringing a boat load of fun with her, she now attend college one day a week for hairdressing, goes to school the remaining days, and works in aunts shop on Sat as an apprentice, and in typical Sadie fashion she gets carried away on a hairstyle and is fired, and all this happens in the first chapter.  With no apprenticeship Sadie has no way of entering the Thames Gateway Junior Apprentice Hairdresser (or Barber) of the Year Award, and if you have read the previous book you know how important hairdressing is to Sadie.

Scissors, Sisters & Manic Panics was a book I quickly fell into, wanting to know if Sadie can make the competition, if she works things out with Tony, and if she gets to meet her half sister, Marie.  Sadie is just as dramatic and hilarious as ever and I enjoyed this book more than the previous one.  We get to see the familiar characters of Sadie's family, as well as a new face who I liked.  I like how slightly mature Sadie seems to be in this book compared to the previous one, dealing with real life issues, boys, jobs, competitions and I found it easier to relate to Sadie and to sympathise with her.

Scissors, Sisters & Manic Panics is a good book for all ages, for older readers wanting a light read, and for younger ones who can relate to Sadie and the issues she is dealing with.  I enjoyed getting to see a different side to Sadie in this book.  Working hard at her apprenticeship in order to enter the competition, working hard in college and really working hard to achieve her dream.  Scissors, Sisters & Manic Panics is a great second instalment to this series and I would be interested in seeing if Ellie has other plans in store for Sadie.

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