Indi Raye is Totally Faking It
Rating: ★★★★
Buy or Borrow: Buy 
Source: Proof from Hachette Children's (released 31st August)

For fans of GEEK GIRL and SUPER AWKWARD comes a hilarious new teen series from CBBC presenter and Capital DJ, Lauren Layfield.

Meet Indi. She's new to Manchester with approximately zero friends. Unless you count Gary, who, unfortunately, is a gecko. If Indi's going to find some real mates - and maybe even a boyfriend - she's going to have to FAKE IT.  Will Indi ever get her first kiss? Will she accept her mum's new boyfriend (yuck)? And will she EVER learn that just being yourself is the most important thing of all?

As someone who used to be one of the most awkward teenagers, I welcome all cringeworthy young adult books that help to validate my experience as a teen. While the majority of the book is laugh out loud and light-hearted, as expected; there are some real tender moments and important themes explored. It does focus on themes such as body image, a sense of belonging and family dynamics, which are very much a part of everyday life as a teen nowadays. 

The story follows teen, Indi Raye, who is desperately trying to fit in and muddle her way through school life. It's written in the form of diary entries, which feels very reminiscent of the late Louise Rennison's writing style. Like every young person, the thing she wants most in life is to feel accepted, and she'll do almost anything to achieve this - even buying a gecko (that she later calls Gary) for £5!

After getting her first job in her local chip shop, she's introduced to her two new best friends, and quickly dives into the world of boys, parties, awkward first kisses - and everything else you're warily navigating when you're 14/15 years old.

I'd forgotten how great it feels to read a book that's just...happy. While there are serious moments interwoven throughout, the majority of the book is fun, feel-good and an absolute laugh a minute. Whether you're reading it as a teen, or looking back on your teenage years whilst reading, this book is fantastic

As an incredibly awkward teenager, I thank you for this book, Lauren Layfield. I related to so much in this book, and I'm sure there are many teens out there who will feel the same after reading. If you're looking for a book that'll have you crying with laughter, and hiding away during cringeworthy moments - then this is the book for you

Are you looking forward to Indi Raye is Totally Faking It? I would love to know your thoughts.

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