The Opposite of Chocolate

The Opposite of ChocolateA Second Novel For Young Picador From Whitbread Shortlist Star It S A Long, Hot Summer And A Climactic One For Year Old Sapphire It Brings The Awesome, Terrifying Realisation That She Is Pregnant A Discovery That Catapults Her Into The Eye Of A Storm As Her Body, Her Future, Her Life, Become A Battleground For Everyone S Needs But Her Own Meanwhile, Out In The Humid Urban Night, A Mysterious Firebug Is Running Wild, Working Out His Own Anger And Confusion With Dramatic Consequences Somehow, From This Cauldron Of Emotion And Fear, Sapphire Must Find A Way To Take Control Of Her Life And Make The Most Agonising And Lonely Of Choices

Julie was born in Ayrshire and grew up near Glasgow, where she now lives with her family After a degree in English Language and Literature, she was the editor of a small magazine, a teacher and a freelance journalist Julie has written many critically acclaimed, award winning novels for teenagers and younger readers She speaks in schools, libraries and at book festivals across the UK.

❰Reading❯ ➿ The Opposite of Chocolate Author Julie Bertagna –
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Opposite of Chocolate
  • Julie Bertagna
  • 26 December 2017
  • 9780330413459

10 thoughts on “The Opposite of Chocolate

  1. says:

    Haunting, thought provoking, and elegant This was the most stolen book from British school libraries, and I can understand why it is so good The setting is almost a character in this book, all hazy summer evenings and wood smoke.I loved Sapphire as a main character, too she coped the best way she could in a very difficult situation, and her friendship with the firebug was great.I would have loved a less ambiguous ending, but I think it did work best with the story.5 STARS.

  2. says:

    I read this when I was 13 and the only thing which I ve remembered from this book over the years is that the main character idolised a girl who said that you shouldn t wear the same outfit for two days in a row, so it wasn t exactly memorable.

  3. says:

    I don t know how I should say about this book This book is romantic, which is my favorite genre, but it is also very weird, you know How dumb is this main character, Sapphire Didn t she know anything about puberty, to producing babies Didn t she have any idea that she will get pregnant without protection during S How dumb she is A normal teenage girl would know that This book is just so weird, and also the boy, Gili Why does he set up fires Just for fun I don t know what happened to the kids in Hungry, but it seems to me that they are crazy and can t think probably as a normal teenager should This book had actually disappointed me a little, not really happy after reading the last chapter I want to know what happened to Sapphire after, and the book had just ended Ugh.

  4. says:

    Interest level 7th Reading level medium, shortGenre realistic fiction, teen pregnancy, families, pyromania, trial by fireThis is the story of 14 year old Sapphire who discovers she is pregnant after having a seemingly carefree yet intense relationship with Jay, a boy who now seems distant and interested in another girl Sapphire doesn t know what to do, but when her parents find out and involve people to help them decide what to do Sapphire begins to feel as if she is being pulled in all directions her mother thinks she should terminate the pregnancy, her father is against abortion and involves the local clergy, and her sister thinks she should give the baby up for adoption to a couple who desperately want a child and are even willing to pay None of these options appeal to Sapphire but sooner or later she has to make a choice The answers comes to her after she befriends Gilbert, a boy with his own family problems, and who is the cause of all the fires that have been springing up all over townIf you enjoy realistic fiction, this is definitely worth the read By the way, according to the author s website, this book is apparently one of the most stolen books in school libraries Well, no need to go stealing it you will find it in the general realistic section under FIC BER Take a look at author Julie Bertagna s website to find out what other intriguing books she s written.

  5. says:

    I hated it It was boring and nothing interesting happened in the book No character development, let alone plot development I am seriously dissappointed and would not recommend it to anyone.It wasn t a complex or intricate tale and I read it in the space of an hour.I had high hopes as its written by Julie Bertagna, and I am a fan of her book Exodus This was nothing like that.Do not read it.

  6. says:

    It was readable, but it doesn t live up to some of the other books i have read featuring teen pregnancy I sympathised with Sapphire and how everybody was trying to make her decisions for her, i know how that feels Although i got why Gilbert s character was the way he was, i didn t find his role in the story to be very developed I was also disappointed with the ending as i would have liked to have know whether Sapphire kept her baby or not.

  7. says:

    I felt this lacked the depth and inventiveness

  8. says:

    I remember being completely spellbound by this book when I read it as a teenager I didn t find the charcaters odd at all as one person said below I remember it being quite a sad read in parts As a teenager sometimes I wanted to escape from my house life too, so I can relate alot to that part of this book.

  9. says:

    Strange book, very strange I read this book back at school as it was one of those issue books teachers love you to read in social studies and discuss I remember it being a lot better than it was, maybe my teenage brain didn t know any better it was just simply odd, with strange characters, unlikable people, bizarre plot twists and quite frankly no really ending.

  10. says:

    A while ago I went through a phase of reading a lot of books about teenage pregnancy This particular book stands out in my mind because of what Sapphire eventually decides to do about the baby.

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