Review: Three Girls by Katie Clapham

Title: Three Girls

Author: Katie Clapham

Pages: 240 Pages

Publisher: UCLan Publishing

The Blurb

“We just want to show that friendships forged here are the real deal. Genuine. Built to last. That sort of thing. For the brochure. Do you mind?” Their school may be making them pose together for photos -but Minnie, Lena and Alice are not friends. And they have other things to worry about. 

Minnie -The Athlete: her whole life has been sport –but what if that’s not all she wants her life to be? How do you even start to change your future all by yourself? 

Lena -The Princess: she has always resented being in Minnie’s shadow –so when a freak accident changes all of her arch-rival’s plans, Lena has a chance to become Queen Bee at last. But is ruling the school all she dreamed it would be? 

And then there’s Alice -The Really Tall One. Alice has friends already, she’s even got her eye on a potential crush -but she’s also got a secret. And that secret is about to bound into all three girls’ lives and change them forever. 

A deliciously funny, heart-warming novel about unlikely friendships and first loves, THREE GIRLS is exactly the joyous burst of energy we all need right now! Perfect for young teen readers of Tamsin Winter, Holly Smale and Louise Rennison.

The Review

I flippin’ loved this story.

Three Girls is a story about friendship and the unique power a group of friends can create.

The story is told in a multi-perspective chapter. We hear Minnie, Lena and Alice and about the trials that they face separately but we also hear the triumphs when they are together. They are brought together through the coincidence of geography but they connected through sport –  the strength of which has made them friends.

Besides Three Girls being a totally heartwarming story about friendship it also has a real feminist bite to it and is rather inspirational. In a similar ilk to Derby Girl by Shauna Cross it is the love story between a girl (or in this case, girls) and a sport. This is an undervalued trope in YA and I think that is what makes Three Girls so enjoyable.

Three Girls by Katie Clapham is available now.

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