Thursday, 1 September 2016
Book Review: Time for Jas [The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby #4] by Natasha Farrant + Guest Post
The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby was a series I fell into after the release of the first book, it wasn't until the publication of the second book did I really hear about it. From that point on I was hooked. The Gadsby family is one we all love and hate for various reasons. They could be your neighbour with children making lots of noise, and having a disorganised garden. But on the other hand it's a family we can all relate to, and see some small part of ourselves in them. Whether it be the dramatic Flora or creative Jas, or the whole family in general. They are not perfect, they are a normal family just going about thier everyday business, and seeing them through the lens of Bluebell's camera means we see the good, bad, and ugly of this family, and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way.
Time for Jas is told like the rest of the series, in a diary format with camera and writing. We get to see the whole family, but also more of Jas and her struggles. Jas has always been the wild child, happy to dress how she likes in clothes far too small or far too old, making up her own style. But returning to school Jas soon finds out that her own style might not necessary be to everyones liking, and she soon finds herself being bullied by the Cupcake Girls, a clique of four girls determined to make Jas's time in school awful. No matter what Jas does she either isn't happy, or isn't liked, and my heart broke for her. To see her spirit trampled on, and squashed till it's gone was a very heartbreaking read, Jas is someone who wouldn't hurt a fly and seeing her fade into the background was the worst thing for her.
Time for Jas is a book that not only brings the usual chaos that comes with the Gadsby family, but also every day occurrences that you wouldn't necessary experience or see yourself, the bullying, the secret artist, the struggling student, but most importantly, how a family and friends can all come together to help out one of thier own. I love everything about this book, the story, the art work, the friends, and the final few chapters.
Time for Jas is the final book in the series, and I for one will miss this family. If there was ever a possibility for a book at some point in the future I would not hesitate to pick up a copy.