Today I am reviewing the latest tasty treat from the wonderful Isabella May – Bubblegum And Blazers! Big thanks to Isabella for providing me with a copy of the book for review, and as always thanks to Rachel from Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this tour.
When Ali, Blake, Charlotte, and Grant sign contracts to star in a Back to School reality TV show, LOVE is the very last thing on their minds:
Ali flies to the UK from New Zealand, intrigued by the golden opportunity to advance her amateur social media influencer career.
Blake carpe diems the moment with both hands after a constant flurry of bad luck.
Charlotte jumps at the chance to relive her sporting glories of the past – and take a hiatus from her humdrum marriage.
And Grant is just relieved to get away from his failing second-hand music shop.
But once the advances hit their bank accounts, it soon becomes apparent that producer Jock’s Pied Piper-style offer to change their lives is distinctly lacking in sherbet fizz!
In fact, the only sweet thing about this gig for the former students and the rest of their Bubblegum and Blazers competitors, may just be the packet of candy in their pockets.
Re-enacting their past is a rollercoaster of revelations, retaliation, and unlikely romance in a gold-fish bowl of mayhem where Raphael (Agony Uncle of the school sweet shop) and his rhubarb and custards reign supreme…
As always, Isabella Mays writing is not only a pleasure to read, but a serious cause for craving something sweet!
A reality show set with the premise of re-living your high school days (Who would be mad enough to sign up for that? – Certainly not me!!) has made for an entertaining read, and as usual I was hooked from the first page. Not only do we get the usual mix of Mays humour, wit and well-rounded characters, but we also get to revisit some of our favourite characters from her previous books! It was great having some past faces pop up during the story, especially when I have a serious soft spot for one of them!
Of course I couldn’t review this book without mentioning food at some point, and the food in this book is centred around an old fashioned sweet shop run by the mysterious Raphael. With the mouth-watering descriptions I have come to expect from May, we get taken on a tour of the small shop; full blown nostalgia, jars full of traditional sweets line the walls, the sickly sweet scent as soon as you walk through the door. It certainly left me craving some rhubarb and custards before long!
There’s never a dull moment with this book, with each character having colourful pasts and their own dirty secrets to be protected. It goes to show that drama and high school simply come as a pair – Regardless of the age of the students inside! Just like all of Isabella Mays past books, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and am eagerly awaiting the next instalment already!
About The Author
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer.
After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!
All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.
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