Editing Emma by Chloe Seager – Book Review
Editing Emma by Chloe Seager was another book that I spotted at YALC in July. I was intrigued by the blurb – especially by the fact that it’s about a blogger. As a blogger, it’s pretty cool to see that there’s a book written all about a girl and her blog! Here’s what I thought…
When Emma Nash is ghosted by love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any girl would do – spends the summer avoiding all human contact, surrounded by the Chewit wrappers he left behind.
Seeing Leon suddenly â€˜in a relationship’ on Facebook, however, spurs Emma into action. She vows to use the internet for good (instead of stalking Leon’s social media),chronicling her adventures on her new Editing Emma blog.
But life online doesn’t always run smoothly.
From finding her mum’s Tinder profile, to getting catfished and accidentally telling the entire world why Leon Naylor is worth no girl’s virginityâ€¦ Surely nothing else could go wrong?!
Editing Emma by Chloe Seager:
I had no idea what we first impressions of Editing Emma would be. The synopsis made it out to be a kind of fun teeny book that I’d probably think is okay and give to a friend, but when I read it, I LOVED IT. Okay, it was still a been teeny – I can definitely imagine it being suitable for younger YA readers as well as older ones – but it was so much fun to read!
The whole book is filled with so much wit, clever humour and descriptions that made me cry with laughter. It definitely reminded me of the Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison – Emma and Georgia would get on so well! If you loved reading those books as a teenager, you’ll love Editing Emma. It has the same dry, sarcastic humour and the misfit friend group that we all loved in the Georgia Nicholson series.
I couple of things I especially loved were the range of characters and their diversity, and the topics they discussed in their everyday conversations. There are so many teen books where the characters are all cookie cutter moulds of a typical teenage girl. It gets incredibly boring to see the same kind of character appear over and over again, so in Editing Emma, it was refreshing to see so many different types of characters – from open, happy-to-talk-about-anything Emma to her friend who is a lesbian and too scared to come out to her heavily religious family.
In terms of the conversations they had, there was everything from religion and politics to masturbation and strained family relationships. Emma’s relationship with her mum was a particularly interesting one, and again, it was refreshing to see a parent-daughter relationship that is completely unlike any YA book I’ve read.
This is the kind of book that every single teenage (or twenty-something) girl needs to read. If you need some serious cheering up or you’re looking for something completely harmless, lighthearted and fun, Editing Emma is the book for you!
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