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Diary Of A Chav: 1: Trainers v Tiaras: Book 1

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As you can probably tell, I didn't really like this book, and I wouldn't recommend it for you to get it when it is published in October.

Despite diary entries being traditionally deposits for someone’s most innermost thoughts, I rarely felt like I was inside Shiraz’s private life.Shiraz is beginning to feel there's a lot more to life than minimum wage and the bling of a souped-up Vauxhall Nova.

And that's really a shame, because buried underneath all the working class British slang and alien cultural references is a sweet story of a girl realizing that she's not as tough as she thinks she is and that there's a whole wide world out there. But it balances nicely on the fine line between satire and a genuine story that cares about its characters. Her very funny growth realzation that perhaps a life spent working in a factory isn't the best use of her potential is clever and well-done.

There's not much goin' on in the world of this lovable dreamer, and having a brain and a heart of gold only makes it worse. And to top all that off, her best friend, Carrie, has ditched her for her exciting new boyfriend, Bezzie.

Poor characters aside, I did enjoy this unusual portrayal of working class culture because even if I don’t agree with all of their values, as displayed primarily by Shiraz’s mother, I recognize them as authentic and universal, not just localized in London. Well if this is your most stunning jewel mate, you ain't got much bling bruv, 'cos this place was a right state and you are a proper liberty sending anyone there. It honestly is one of the best books I've read it's hilarious and at the same time rather interesting . Now, I wasn’t THAT chavvy when I was at school (even though my brother might say different – the nerd!I have just spent two weeks of sheer unmitigated hell in a half-finished hotel, what was advertised as 'the most stunning jewel in the crown of this fabulous island. She's not long into the job before Shizza realises that this celebrity lark isn't all it's cracked up to be. Wes and Sooz are finished and it's not long before he's a regular fixture round at 34 Thundersley Road - much to Diane Wood's delight.

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