Sugarcoated

Cloddy is stuck in her dad’s optician’s shop working for little to nothing every Saturday, bored out of her brain in the middle of Greenwood Shopping Center—or Deadsville as she prefers to call it. One Saturday she closes the shop to get some peace and quiet to eat her lunch, but as she’s picking at her food, a trio of youths skulk out of Gluehead Alley down the side of her dad’s shop. Out of nowhere a massive hand gushing blood is splayed across the window of the shop. And then a head is thumped against the window. Neither the victim nor attackers see Cloddy, but she sees everything. Afraid for her life, she decides not to tell anyone what she’s seen. Who wants to think about such things anyway when there’s gorgeous Stefan to think about? Stefan who is cool and charming and has plenty of cash. Stefan who has come out of nowhere and sweeps her off her feet. Stefan who wouldn’t normally look at a girl like Cloddy, let alone make her his girlfriend. At her most vulnerable time he’ll look after her—or will he?

After witnessing terrible violence Clod just wants to forget. As far as she is concerned she has seen nothing and that it the story she is sticking to. Lucky for her she is about to meet a good-looking stranger in the news agents who shares her love for minstrels. At first the mysterious Stefan is Clod’s dream heart-throb, her first date with a fancy meal and champagne. She is able to avoid the police and their questions and although it seems strange that Stefan has a posh apartment Clod convinces herself she is just lucky.

However, things aren’t quite right and they are about to get even more mysterious. When a trip to the shops not only raises questions about Stefan’s identity but turns violent and a trip to the dentist causes even more confusion Clod finally starts listening to her doubts. But is it too late?

This book is defiantly for younger teens. I have only read one other book by Catherine Forde and I found that just plain strange. I didn’t find this as bizarre but I didn’t find it gripping and interesting either. Although I appreciated the fact that she tried to make the character someone you could relate with I just found the descriptions a little unrealistic. For younger teenagers this may be a good book if they are interested in books where there is mystery and suspense but for me it was just OK.

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