Review: Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe

Title: Ella on the Outside

Author: Cath Howe

Pages: 240 Pages

Publisher: Nosy Crow

The Blurb

Ella is the new girl at school. She doesn’t know anyone and she doesn’t have any friends. And she has a terrible secret.

Ella can’t believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, decides to be her new best friend – but what does Lydia really want? And what does it all have to do with Molly, the quiet, shy girl who won’t talk to anyone?

A gripping story of lies, friendship, and blackmail…

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

Ella has a secret. She can’t tell anybody. No one can know. But Ella has just started a new school and she is struggling to make friends. So telling just one person can’t be that bad, can it?

Ella on the Outside is a lovely story about what it means to truly be friends with somebody. You instantly fall fo Ella even more so when you know what she has gone through and how difficult her young life is. And even when she makes some questionable choices you still want Ella to do well. 

Ella on the Outside is only a short novel but it is on that packs a punch and really does put the reader in someone else’s shoes. The narrative style is very reader friendly – it is told in short chapters and letter form and it really allows the audience to empathise with Ella.

A great book to start a discussion about lifestyles with younger readers.

Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe is available now.

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