Abby Morland's been making mischief since she was not-so-sweet sixteen, when she spied gorgeous Guy from the neighborhood being attacked by curvaceous Cara, the "Topless Piranha." It was a racy, tasty, spicy piece of gossip Abby couldn't resist passing along. But years later, her indiscretion may be coming back to haunt her -- since she now wouldn't mind a little nibble of Guy herself. With four cousins, two weddings, and a re-emergent piranha in the offing, the recipe for making more mischief is at hand, and it might just turn Guy in Abby's direction at last!
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Elizabeth Young started writing after holding a variety of jobs that included modeling for TV commercials in Cyprus and working for the Sultan's Armed Forces in Oman. She has two daughters and lives in Surrey with her husband who never once told her to forget writing and get a "proper" job.From School Library Journal:
Adult/High School–Young has established herself as a writer of lighthearted British romantic comedies, and this one does not disappoint. Abby, 16, is visiting her cousins Rachel and Lindsay when she first meets their neighbor Guy. While it isnt love at first sight, there is a certain spark. Fast-forward to the present, when Abby again meets Guy, who is now dating her neurotic cousin Fleur. Much to her chagrin, Abby finds that the spark has not abated with time. When she unwillingly agrees to keep an eye on him at a party that Fleur cannot attend, various mishaps ensue. Add to the mix the long-standing feud between Abbys mother and Fleurs mother, a mischievous five-year-old brother, and a couple of weddings that have tensions stretched, and the scene is set for a series of hilarious misunderstandings. While there is little question that Abby and Guy will stop working at cross-purposes long enough to achieve their happily ever after, the story is captivating and the characters are memorable. Youngs insight into the various dysfunctions within extended families is especially on target. Teens are sure to enjoy this humorous glimpse into the British dating world.–Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Library System, VA
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Book Description Arrow, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. W9. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000106505