Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children. They’ve always played together, eaten with each other’s families, called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and deep down, Sylvie has always believed that they’d end up married to each other. They even have a magical fantasy world that belongs to them alone — and the glass hut where it’s all created, at the bottom of Carl’s garden.
But as they become teenagers, things are starting to change. They each have different friends. Sylvie would still rather spend all her time with Carl. But Carl has a new friend, Paul, who is taking all his attention. And he seems much less happy to be called Sylvie’s boyfriend. And in a game of spin the bottle, he avoids having to kiss her. Sylvie can tell his feelings have changed and that her plans for the future may be affected. But can she guess at the true reasons behind it all? A moving, compelling and delicately handled treatment of sexuality from the Children’s Laureate.
Jacqueline Wilson is known for writing books about difficult subjects and this one is no exception.
I liked this book because each character has their own distinct personality and the interactions between the different personalities is fun to read.
I think being a little older did ruin the story a bit as it became a bit predictable as to what was happening and the actions of the characters did seem a little bit immature to me however they were young teenagers in the book and it is aimed at young teenagers therefore I’m sure the characters are a lot more relatable to people that age therefore this can’t be a bad point to the book.
However the story is entertaining and once again Jacqueline Wilson deals with the difficult topics well and manages to get across the different feelings of teenagers really well and this makes the book very relatable and I think that is why so many people love her books – they are so easily relatable for people who may be going through the same things themselves, it shows them that they are not the only people ever to go through this, others have been through it as well.
I think the story really emphasises the friendship between each of the characters. From an older perspective (aka not a young teen) it was interesting to watch Sylvie develop and become more confident when hanging around with Miranda and how they influenced each other. You could see how Miranda made Sylvie become more mature and this was reflected in how she acted towards certain changes that happened in her life.
At times the Glassworld story did become boring however this may just be my view, for a young teen it may be really interesting and fascinating because many children that age do have an imagination and may make up their own worlds so can relate to Glassworld. However for me it just seemed a little annoying in parts.
The book deals with so many difficult topics – bullying, cheating parents, anorexia and drinking however they don’t overwhelm the story, there are just aspects of it vaguely mentioned.
The story doesn’t end as perfectly as it normally would in a children’s book however Jacqueline Wilson’s stories rarely do because life doesn’t always have a perfect ending however it is happy enough and makes everything work and wrap up together.
Overall it is lovely story which deals with some difficult topics however they don’t overwhelm the story. A definite read for teens, a very enjoyable read.
Summing up: Deals with difficult topics but a definite read for teens.