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Jackie has left Australia with a psychedelic suitcase and a dream to become a world-famous fashion designer,She knows exactly where she's going and how she's going to get there.So how does a weekend in Paris send her spinning off-course?How does she end up somewhere she couldn't even find on a map?...

Title : Sugar Sugar
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ISBN : 9781742031200
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 337 Pages
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Sugar Sugar Reviews

  • Catriona
    2018-12-09 23:41

    Show don't tell.When I read the above statement in John Marsden’s ‘Everything I know about writing’, I started laughing.I didn’t think it were possible for people who were serious about writing to dismiss the rule, and therefore figured Marsden was merely trying to fill the pages.After reading through ‘Sugar Sugar’ by Carole Wilkinson, I’ve come to reassess my original opinion.Her writing is so boring. It’s really a lot of ‘I did this. I did that. Then I saw them.’ it makes me want to strangle her in the hopes that she would get the message and quit her writing career and maybe even fid out who her editor was and give them a good kick up the arse.This book got me thinking about how I could improve my own writing, in more ways than one. My English teacher, after I ranted to her about it said ‘Well what do you expect of a book with a name like ‘Sugar Sugar’?I’ve always known titles were important yet I found it hard to bring my knowledge into play when it came down to my NaNovel. My original name was ‘Flower On Walls’ merely because I had no idea what to call it. I don’t think there was a single flower mentioned in the entire story, and the name wasn’t like a metaphor. I’ve since changed it to ‘Violet Veins’ which fit better with the general outline.I’m sad to say that I bought this book purely because the first chapter (only consisting of a few lines) lured me in, making me anticipate great writing. It was only about half way through chapter three that I realized how truly crap it is.I think that reading this book (Or well, half of it), even though painful, was a helpful experience and I strongly recommend that everyone read it in the hopes of not making the same mistakes. I know that everyone makes there own, but heck. Here’s someone that’s done it for you, and it’s at your disposal!Chapter one: MoonlightI was dreaming of the sea when the moonlight woke me. It crept up the length of the bed to shine in my eyes.The moon is full. That’s how I measure the passage of time these days. I couldn’t tell you what the date is. I think it’s Sunday and it might be September now.The moonlight makes everything look beautiful, even the crumpled sheet and the clothes spread on the floor. I can smell donkey dung and baking bread. It’s quiet, apart from the soft sound of someone breathing.I’ve been on quite at trip, thought I don’t have much to show for it - a book of Rolling Stones’ lyrics, some coins with Arabic writing on them, a headscarf with crocheted fans around the edge. I’ve learned how to say “bread” and “water” in eight different languages and I can swear in dutch.But this journey isn’t over yet. It will continue tomorrow, and many tomorrows will be spent on the road. I don’t know how long it will last.It seems like years since I left London, but actually it’s only been about five weeks.-I guess the simplicity pulled me in, though now after reading it again, I realize it’s chock full of cliches.Lovely.

  • Heather
    2018-11-21 17:27

    Seventeen year old Jackie is heading to Paris for the weekend to follow her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Following a number of mishaps and disasters, Jackie finds herself travelling across Europe, Asia and the Middle East in the company of other young travellers from all corners of the globe. Whilst I enjoyed the descriptions of the various countries and their cultures that Jackie travelled through, I can't say I really enjoyed this book. The time period, 1972, and the characters didn't appeal, and I can't see this book being a big hit with its intended audience. I found "Sugar Sugar" to be a disappointing read after Wilkinson's fabulous "Dragon Keeper" series.

  • Nikky Cassidy
    2018-11-26 21:16

    I really liked this book. I couldn't put it down. It was never slow, things just kept changing.

  • Jade_e
    2018-12-01 23:17

    I enjoyed this book a lot.The first couple of chapters grated on me, since I found Jackie to be, overall, an incredibly annoying MC and the writing style to be one of the worst I've ever read.However, something about it just refused to let me put it down. As the book progressed, I did get to like Jackie quite a lot and the writing actually didn't seem that bad. The circumstances forcing Jackie to travel so, so far from home were actually quite believable. One of my favorite moments in the book was when Jackie admits to herself that her search for Alun is less about him than it is about Val. I thought that it was one of the only moments in the book where Jackie's character really shines through. Her honesty made me like her much, much better.I didn't like Val one bit, though. I also thought that the relationship between him and Jackie was poorly conveyed. There was a distinct lack of passion - more in the writing, though than anything else. The sex doesn't seem to mean anything to Jackie. Any sign of it even registering to her was when she mentions that some night - can't remember which - is the first night in a while they don't have sex.Alun, however, is one of the favorite characters from the book. I really liked how his story ended up. There were certain other things that did annoy me a bit. Some of the most important parts in the book were very anti-climatic. I don't know if the author was trying to be dramatic with her writing but it merely fell flat. I felt like I was cheated.One other mistake was the Islamic year. The book took place somewhere in 1972 and 1973. At that time, the Islamic year should have been 1392, not 1351. I thought that it was a really stupid mistake, considering that you can easily find conversion sites using Google.Overall, despite the book's many, many flaws, I found it to be incredibly enjoyable. It was very engaging and the imagery was lovely. It never dragged, which is something I appreciate. I didn't love it but I wouldn't have regretted it if I'd bought it [I borrowed it from the library]. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of travel books. I actually tried Carole Wilkinson's books once before and at that time, found them to be very boring. But this book has certainly improved my opinion of her and I look forward to any future books.

  • Steph Bowe
    2018-12-09 17:30

    It's 1972 and 17-year-old Jackie has aspirations of being a fashion designer. She's left her home in Australia to stay in London and try and break into the fashion industry. She decides to go to Paris for the weekend, and try and meet a famous fashion designer, show him her designs... but then everything goes awry, she loses her designs and finds herself travelling across Europe with strangers and having the time of her life.So this was fantastic. I can't honestly say I've read anything like this for a YA audience. After I finished reading it I wanted to travel back in time to 1972 and hitchhike across Europe. The characters were interesting and varied - from all different countries and backgrounds, with all different motivations for travelling. Alun was probably my favourite, though they were all very interesting (Dolf, too, was great). What's been done fantastically here is the way all of the characters grew and developed as the novel progressed - almost everyone who Jackie met was changed by their experiences, and I think that added a great realism to the novel. Jackie herself was a likeable character - easy to relate to, and very committed to her dream. She was also very naive, and I think that was an important part of her character development, but at times it was frustrating.The title of the novel, I felt, wasn't very representative of the book ('Sugar' was what Jackie said instead of swearing, which was cute, but I don't think it suited as the novel's title). The cover, however, I think is absolutely gorgeous! The colours and design are fantastic.The best part of this novel, by far, were the settings. Jackie travelled through all sorts of exotic countries and I could really tell as I read how well-researched this novel must have been - the locals of each city, the country, the traditions... it was incredibly believable. And the way in which these settings were evoked were magnificently done - at no point did the descriptions become clunky or forced. Very wonderfully done.I would recommend this to an upper-YA audience, 14 and older, because of some drug and sexual references (Jackie is 17, and most of her friends are older). I loved it!

  • Shirley Marr
    2018-11-28 22:15

    It's the 70s and Jackie has left Australia behind to persue dreams of becoming a fashion designer abroad. The last thing she expected was for her journey to take an unexpected turn and for her to truly discover who she is... and what she wants in life. Truth be told, I'm not a big traveller and whenever I am travelling, I'm always wishing I were back home! This novel though, with it's exotic destinations and exciting adventures that smack of freedom and adventure make me want to go to these places described in a way that "Getaway" doesn't. I love how Jackie ends up travelling cross-country in a converted taxi, the funny crew she gets caught upwith and by the end I was exhausted but exhirated! I also love the combination of grim realities and the people and cultures encountered. This book makes "historical fiction" hip and fun!PS - my review is based on the ARC and on my front cover, the guy on the left is different. Instead of Robbie Williams in a cap... is a totally different guy. The girl representing Jackie and the other dude is the same. I never got to the bottom of why he was changed! Cos I reckon the guy I have on my cover is totes hotter:)

  • Sharon
    2018-11-22 19:17

    When I started this I had little idea of what to expect. It started off slow and the seemingly simplistic writing was hard to get into at first, but around the 1/3 mark I became so invested in the story, the very real different characters and most particularly the setting. Across Europe to Iran- you could feel the heat, the sand, the dust, hear the sounds, the people everything. It’s a hard book to recommend, not at all because it is bad which it most certainly isn’t, but because I can see where some people may not like it. Even though it’s slightly historical, it isn’t apparent so much which I think is rather sad (I for one love 60s and 70s music and fashion). There’s a nice romance too which takes a small plotline. I guess if you like reading about travel and road trips (the various international people you meet- tourists or not, hitch hiking, lack of baths etc) and like realistic books which explore people and places then definitely read this. I loved it. Totally made me want to pick up my bags and catch the first plane to London. Otherwise… maybe try it anyway, you might be surprised.

  • Summer
    2018-12-09 01:18

    When I started this I had little idea of what to expect. It started off slow and the seemingly simplistic writing was hard to get into at first, but around the 1/3 mark I became so invested in the story, the very real different characters and most particularly the setting. Across Europe to Iran- you could feel the heat, the sand, the dust, hear the sounds, the people everything. It���s a hard book to recommend, not at all because it is bad which it most certainly isn���t, but because I can see where some people may not like it. Even though it���s slightly historical, it isn���t apparent so much which I think is rather sad (I for one love 60s and 70s music and fashion). There���s a nice romance too which takes a small plotline. I guess if you like reading about travel and road trips (the various international people you meet- tourists or not, hitch hiking, lack of baths etc) and like realistic books which explore people and places then definitely read this. I loved it. Totally made me want to pick up my bags and catch the first plane to London. Otherwise��� maybe try it anyway, you might be surprised.

  • Aaishah
    2018-11-27 20:35

    I decided to read this book because the blurb made the book seem like an exciting adventure and i hadn't read an adventurous book in a while.'a book that teaches you about a culture other than your own' is the category that this book filled on the bingo board, the book was filled with culture,colour and a variety of different foods. I learnt about turkish,afghani,french and many more cultures which made me think out of the box and made me keep an open mind about these cultures. my favourite quote from this book was "alun's a good boy,he will trust anyone" because that quote was the base of a big journey forcing jackie to go even further from home to find Alun. something new i learnt from this book was that people in poverty in afghanistan find material like leather and silk very valuable and if you harm their goat you have to pay compensation. i found val (valentine) in this book very interesting because he only showed his emotions in small portions and he was the strong silent type but when he loved someone he would do anything to protect them.

  • Tjala
    2018-12-13 18:21

    i enjoyed this book but i found it a bit too much oif a coincedencethat jakie kept meeting up with the danish people wasim veroniaca and vanessa val and alun. ity is pretty unmlikely thhat once you go your own way that youll meet up with the people at lkeast twice even though they were meant to be going in different directions. i also didnt like the way jackie didnt seem to care that her boyfriend had been cheating on her. youd have at least been a little bit angry and also the way she completely gave up on her dream of becaoming a fashion designer just because some people didnt like her work. i also couldnt relate to jackie because she is so different from me.however i think thata it was a good book and had an effective and original storyline that kept me reading. it was a very intertesting idea and i did enjoy learning about the different places that she visited.

  • Morgan
    2018-11-25 21:17

    this book was interesting and i just couldn't put the book down once i started. it took me a an hour to read because i was just so interested to see what would be on the next page. the characters were so well thought out my personal favorite being the thief that looked like a rat :) i loved this book because of the action and suspense as well as the mythical situations. i loved the idea of putting short stories into 1 book pure genius! i was so looking forward to the next story because they were all so good its an amazing story highly recommended.

  • Olivia Pap
    2018-12-08 17:28

    I loved this book. From the first chapter I was gripped and attached and at times it was very hard to put down. What I loved about this novel was how much happened in the space of a chapter, how bad things can get, how confused the characters can become and how quickly something was to happen. Good read. Very good read.

  • liz
    2018-12-13 20:31

    I picked up this book because of the author, I read 'the garden of the purple dragon' and I hoped her other books were as good as that one. I quite enjoyed 'sugar sugar', I discovered a bit more about myself. I think everyone who likes traveling should read this book.

  • Sharni
    2018-12-05 21:17

    This was a very different novel than what I am used to. Set in the '70s the main character lives in Paris and travels to many different places throughout the book. She meets hitch hikers that she befriends and has, surprisingly, a very good time. All because she wanted to be a fashionist.

  • Mietta
    2018-11-24 18:43

    i liked the whole idea it was fun it was cool it was really good, but i guess i really wanted her to go with her dream as a fashion designer. But other than that it was great it kept you guessing it suprized you. i liked it not the best book but not the worst.

  • Sam
    2018-12-08 23:33

    REally Really good book

  • K
    2018-11-26 18:27

    I initially found this slow but was completely taken by the end - a very unique young adult read. Total travel inspiration as well.

  • Trisha
    2018-11-15 00:31

    controlled. contained. confident.

  • Lily
    2018-12-11 18:35

    really interesting

  • Selah Bell
    2018-11-26 17:31

    I liked this book, though it was a bit boring in some places. The writer does a good job, but she needs to be a bit more descriptive. An okay story overall.

  • Annabelle
    2018-11-18 20:41

    This book wasn't what I was expecting. It was good and interesting while it lasted, however I don't think I would ever read it again

  • Kat17
    2018-12-12 21:45

    I really loved this book. It took awhile to get into but then it was an adventure unlike anything I've read in books for young adults. Interesting, educational and fantastic!

  • Matilda
    2018-12-03 23:24

    This book is one of the best books I have ever read! It pulls you in right from the start and has a plot like no other.

  • Elizabeth Dellaportas
    2018-11-26 18:22

    Glad I read it. It was given to me for my daughter to read (not giving it to her due to drug references, etc) but really enjoyed it for myself.

  • Marion Hale
    2018-11-16 21:33

    Great coming of age story - an OE in the early 70s.

  • Catherine
    2018-12-01 22:43

    Follows the characters very well and portrayed the feeling of travelling and not knowing where you are going.

  • Lily
    2018-11-13 19:32

    I just finished this book for the second time and it was still as amazing as ever.

  • Courtney Brown
    2018-11-19 23:21

    Good Book :)

  • Belle
    2018-12-10 01:45

    I liked this book, though it was a bit boring in some places. The writer does a good job, but she needs to be a bit more descriptive. An okay story overall.

  • Diem
    2018-12-03 23:17

    I love it, much better than the other book I read from Carole Wilkinson. Love, adventure, swearing and gorgeous hot male characters. This book has got it all.