Piglettes by Clémentine Beauvais – BOOK REVIEW
“A wickedly funny and life-affirming coming-of-age roadtrip story – winner of France’s biggest prize for teen and YA fiction
Mireille, Astrid and Hakima have just been voted the three ugliest girls in school by their classmates on Facebook. But does that mean they’re going to sit around crying about it?…
Well, maybe a little, but not for long! Climbing onto their bikes, the friends set off on a summer roadtrip to Paris. The girls will find fame, friendship and happiness on their journey, and still have time to eat a mountain of food (and drink the odd glass of wine) along the way. But will they really be able to leave all their troubles behind?
Piglettes is a hilarious, beautiful and uplifting story of three girls who are determined not to let online bullying get them down.”
Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais tells the story of 3 teenagers as they embark on a bike ride across France, as they become friends after being voted the ugliest girls in their school. This story is full of adventure, surprises and hope, all held together with a blossoming friendship that is heartwarming to follow.
Recently, I have seen quite a lot of hype about this book and I wasn’t disappointed. This book is such a light-hearted, funny read, despite the serious nature that online bullying is. Mireille is a fantastic narrator and along with Astrid and Hakima have their own distinct personalities, which is interesting to read as they learn and develop over the course of the book (their journey).
Each of the three girls have their own reason as to why they want to cycle all the way to Paris and get to Elysee Palace for the 14th July – with the whole book anticipating upto this event. We follow the journey to Paris with them, as they stop at various towns to sell their homemade sausages to raise funds for the cost of the journey itself. The journey to Paris is where we get to know the girls a little better, and where various events arise and make this story such an adventure.
“The Piglettes” soon become a famous trio where they have captured the media’s interest and it becomes something that the three of them have to endure and manage, despite their very shy nature and low confidence. Again, it’s clear to see their development over the novel and how their friendship helps them overcome – even celebrate – their embarrassment of being voted the ugliest girls in their school. It offers hope in response to online bullying and highlights the importance of female friendships and supporting one another.
I’d definitely recommend this book! It’s a little different to most YA out there in that it is a book that will make you constantly chuckle, despite the serious topics it covers within it. The French setting is beautiful and the characters are endearing and captivating. This fairly quick read has become one of my favourite YA books I’ve read this year and I can’t wait to see what Clementine Beauvais has written next!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*