My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession by J. A. Buckle

‘Things I need to do this year:

1. Move on, finally, from that one-second kiss.
2. Get a band together!
3. Get a tattoo. Absolutely. It will definitely happen this year.
4. Get a C in atleast one of my A-Levels. Ugh.
5. Stop making lame lists!!!!’

An new year, a new start, a fabulously shiny new leather notebook: Josh Walker is back, and he’s ready for whatever faces him. He has a girlfriend and three friends who will support him all the way (no matter how crazy they are). Except, by the end of the first month of sixth form, Josh is involved in a fight, nearly faints when dissecting a heart, and is banned from Scouts. His life is ‘ruined’. But will he be able to complete his to-do list by the end of the school year? Will he be able to balance his problems with his A-Levels? And what secrets are his friends and family hiding from him this time?

I cannot begin to put my love for this book into words. It is a great read which is fast paced and swallows you whole. The characters are all so relatable, especially Davey and Josh, my two favourite. Sometimes I find sequels are not as good as the first book, but I think this was as good as Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets, if not more! As well as being hilarious, the novel teaches you lifelong rules that school doesn’t: everyone has things they don’t want other people to know, as Josh finds out later on in the book. It also teaches you to be kind and selfless. I love the ending too, but I won’t give it away!

In conclusion, this is more than a diary. This is more than a ‘book’. A five star.

Boys and girls will find My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession amusing, from the age of around 12 to 17. I’m reviewing this for the publisher, Curious Fox.


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