Birdie Milano earned a first-class honours degree in Creative Writing from St Mary’s University, London, before going on to complete her MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, where she won the 2015 United Agents Prize for Most Promising Writing for Young People. Her books include the funny and romantic Boy Meets Hamster. Birdie lives in Guildford, Surrey.
Fourteen-year-old Dylan Kershaw’s idea of a dream holiday includes at least three things: beaches to bask on, cosmopolitan culture, and a chance for romance (or at least his first kiss) with another boy. Unluckily for Dylan, his mum’s treating the family to the least dreamy holiday ever: a £9.50 break at Starcross Sands, Cornwall’s Crummiest Caravan Park.
But Starcross Sands might not be so bad after all, especially if Dylan can win the heart of Jayden-Lee, the gorgeous boy in the caravan next-door. There’s only one thing standing in true love’s way: the park’s massive hamster mascot, Nibbles, who seems to have it in for both Dylan and his romantic chances. Dylan’s best friend, Kayla, claims that appearances can be deceptive: so is Jayden-Lee just as lovely beneath the surface, and what could be lurking under Nibbles’ furry face?
Boy Meets Hamster is the laugh-out-loud funny debut novel from Birdie Milano.
It’s October half-term, and Dylan Kershaw’s dreams of a reunion with Leo, the gorgeous boy he met over the summer, are dashed when his sports-mad dad whisks him off to football camp in Manchester instead. What’s worse, dancer Leo seems to be too busy practicing his pirouettes to care. At least Dylan’s best friend Kayla is along for the trip, on a quest to win exclusive tickets to see her favourite band, the Deathsplash Nightmares.
It all looks set to be a tedious trip, until Dylan’s long-time crush Freddie Alton shows up at football camp and Kayla discovers that the Nightmares are staying in the very same hotel as they are . . .
Birdie Milano’s laugh-out-loud Boy Meets Ghoul is the sequel to Boy Meets Hamster.
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YA SH3LF REVIEW : 5/5