Ginger SnapsSo, I'm currently re-reading all my old Cathy Cassidy books one last time before I chuck them out, and I recalled that 'Gingersnaps' had been one of my favourites- it's far less terrible than some of Cathy Cassidy's other novels. In fact, I almost enjoyed it. Almost, but not quite.The book is about a girl called Ginger Brown, who basically has a great life. She's cool, pretty, popular, and has Shannon has her best friend, the most gorgeous girl in the year. But it wasn't always this way.
BeforeSo, I'm currently re-reading all my old Cathy Cassidy books one last time before I chuck them out, and I recalled that 'Gingersnaps' had been one of my favourites- it's far less terrible than some of Cathy Cassidy's other novels. In fact, I almost enjoyed it. Almost, but not quite.The book is about a girl called Ginger Brown, who basically has a great life. She's cool, pretty, popular, and has Shannon has her best friend, the most gorgeous girl in the year. But it wasn't always this way. Before she came to Kinnerton High, Ginger was plump, awkward, and a sitting target for the bullies who tormented her every day. But that's behind her now, right? Suddenly, Ginger's life starts to crumble, when Shannon invites nerdy Emily into their friendship group, and things change when Ginger meets a scruffy, saxophone playing boy with a passion for vintage hats and blue lemonade. Suddenly, Ginger realises that maybe Shannon isn't such a great friend after all, and that maybe being popular isn't all it's cracked up to be. I think that the story is really sweet, and like all Cathy Cassidy books, covers a really relevant issue, that of friendship (and how it changes during adolescence) and the popularity hierarchy of high school. The message of the book, which is 'You shouldn't have to change yourself to fulfil other people's expectations' is really inspiring, uplifting and positive, especially to the younger tweens who are the target audience for the novel. The characters were all pretty realistic. I know people like Ginger and Emily- I've been like them myself. And I definitely know and have been friends with people like Shannon, and they acted towards me just as Shannon acts towards Ginger in the book. However, I'll admit that I've never met anyone like
Sam Taylor. I wish I could though. He was absolutely my favourite character- he was so interesting and unique and funny. A lot more interesting than Cathy Cassidy's other male love interests, who are all fairly bog-standard and mundane.Although I did identify with Ginger on several occasions, mostly I found her so irritating that I wanted to slap her. She was so unnecessarily rude to Sam in many instances- even though she really liked him- just because he wasn't one of 'the cool kids'. Nobody is that cruel, certainly not protagonists who are designed to be liked, such as Ginger. Not only this, but she was literally Shannon's doormat, and she knew and accepted this fact. At one point, Ginger said, and I quote, "Nobody argues with Shannon, not even me. I just shrug and smile and let her make all the decisions, even when those decisions are the opposite of what I want. Even when they stop me being friends with the cutest boy in the year." I mean, what?! What kind of a message is that sending out? And the whole way through, you're like, 'Come on, Ginger! Are you really going to let Shannon walk all over you? Oh, yep, apparently you are.'And of course, like I always say, Cathy Cassidy is TERRIBLE for misjudging age. So, Ginger and her crew are twelve, which appears to be Cathy's favourite age to write about. So, again, let's make a list of all the things that the twelve year olds do in this book that they don't do in real life. Ok, so twelve year olds do not coat themselves in make up, they don't have parties which end in the police being called, they don't get so drunk they throw up everywhere, and they don't ask adult teachers to go out with them. Shannon says that she wants to show Mr Hunter (her English teacher whom she is crushing on) that she's 'not just a kid' and I'm sat there, disbelieving, like 'Um, yes Shannon, you're twelve. You ARE just a kid.'Of course, I'm a little above the target age for this book, so I find the actual writing very basic, which does bring down my rating.I'd rate this book...5.5 stars out of 10
'No matter how fast you run, you can never escape yourself.'- Ginger Brown....more