Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: 16th July 2009
From AmazonPoppet Zanzibar Montague-Jones is 15, 87th in line to the British throne and soon to inherit a whopping trust fund. Unlike her sister Kitten - legendary wild child and society columnist in London Alive (see Diary of a Chav), Poppet is a troubled and ill-fitting teenager who is at an impressionable age, and doesn't quite know how to launch herself into the world.
Poppet spends much of her time daydreaming and getting bossed about by her flamboyant school friends, Vixen Blaze Brocklehurst and Striker Earhart. Between them, the girls get up to all sorts of high jinks a la St Trinians at school and in their stinkingly rich 'hood', not giving much thought to their future. They're rich, so who cares! Poppet's Mum Saskia has her future in hand anyway: a career in fashion and marriage to nice, loaded, Felix Hayes Burlington across the road.
Thing is, Poppet is not entirely sure it's what she really wants. Isn't there more to life than charity lunches and yoga? Is Poppet destined for a life of designer grunge and decadence without lifting a finger to earn her own living, or is she brave enough to break out of the mould?
Poppet, unlike her older sister Kitten, who is drug-obsessed, a society It Girl, and resident wild child, feels she was born into the wrong family, not being able to fit in with the eccentric relatives and clearly unable to inherit their charming looks and flamboyant lifestyles. She feels like her life is all just a fairy-tale gone wrong and when she really understand that she can't keep going on like this - just a fly on the wall beside her loud friends - Poppet begins to give realise that there is a lot more to life than charity balls and..yoga!
I thought this was an incredibly witty diary-style book, and was definitely up to the standards of lives like Georgia Nicholson's!! The characters were all very humourous, especially Poppet - she was so naive about life between rich and poor. This novel was very cleverly-written and generally fantastic!
I'll be watching out for this author! :)