Second Best Friend: short, honest, brilliant.
“Jade and Becky are best friends, but when Jade’s ex-boyfriend lets on that everyone thinks Becky is the better of the two, Jade finds herself noticing just how often she comes second to her best friend. There’s nothing Jade is better at than Becky.
So when Jade is voted in as Party Leader ahead of her school’s General Election only to find herself standing against Becky, Jade sees it as a chance to prove herself. If there’s one thing she can win, it’s this election – even if it means losing her best friend.”
I absolutely love Non Pratt’s books, so when I heard there was a new one coming out I knew I needed to get my hands on it. One of the brilliant things about this book (and Unboxed too!) is that they’re published by Barrington Stoke, which makes dyslexia friendly books which are perfect for reluctant readers. This book took me all of about 10 minutes to read (OK maybe a bit longer, but you know what I mean) and I have since read it again and it packs just as powerful a punch the second time round (and third too for that matter).
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Second Best Friend tells the tale of Jade and Becky, two teenage best friends who end up competing against each other in a school election. Pair this up with a venomous ex-boyfriend who says that Jade isn’t as beautiful as her best friend (“everyone knows it”) and you have an excellent tale of expectations, friendship and honesty – both with yourself and others.
The thing that hit me hardest about this book is the honesty of it. We’ve all been there. We’ve all felt insignificant in comparison to our best friend and we’ve all struggled through that in some way. Whether you’ve been the one feeling insignificant, or you’ve been the one compared to – you’ve been there. For most of us however, we get to do that privately. Jade doesn’t have that luxury. She has to live her inferiority complex in front of the whole school, with her best friend in the whole world. Reading this book hit a few very honest chords with me. I’ve definitely been there in the past. Never felt quite good enough, never felt pretty enough, smart enough, popular enough… not quite enough compared to my friends.
This book made me laugh (“who does he think he is? Fantastic Mr. Fox” HAHAH YES), cry and angry. At the situation, the best friend (both girls, not just one), the boys (STUPID BOYS).
I would totally recommend this. It’s a super quick read which will hit many a chord with people of all ages. GO GO GO.
Have you read Second Best Friend?
Are you your own best friend?
Have you ever had a friend you compared yourself to?
Let me know in the comments! I’d love to talk.