Book Review: The IT Girl – Don’t Tell the Bridesmaid (Katy Birchall)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Egmont Publishing

Pages: 304

Release Date: January 12th 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

Romance is in the air!

Preparations for the Wedding of the Century between Anna’s dad and super famous actress Helena Montaine is in full swing (all Anna needs to do is escape having to wear the biggest meringue of a bridesmaid dress that EVER existed.)

And not only that but Anna, her friends and her ACTUAL BOYFRIEND (definitely requires shouting), Connor, are about to go on a school trip in romantic Rome.

So as long as Anna can avoid doing something like falling face first in the Trevi Fountain, nothing could spoil this perfect pasta-filled moment. Could it?

Review:

Just before Christmas I got a lovely surprise from Egmont in the post: the new IT Girl book, plus the first two with their gorgeous new covers.

Anna is back and getting ready for the big day: her dad’s marriage to superstar Helena Montaine. But before that she needs to survive two weeks on a school trip in Rome without making a fool of herself.

Anna is just as goofy and fun as ever. She gets herself into stupid situations, and messes up normal ones with her clumsiness or by saying something…odd. But that’s why we love her and it wouldn’t be the same if she changed. There were some great laugh out loud moments: Anna’s the kind of character that you just want to be friends with. I struggled sometimes with her naivety but hey, I’m old and wise (not really) so I’ll put it down to that.

There’s a lot of romance talk in this book: not just the big wedding, but Anna’s soon to be step sister and her boyfriend have some problems, and Anna and Connor struggle being apart in Rome. Although I loved their pairing in the previous books, it just wasn’t there for me this time. Maybe it was the distance but I found myself shipping her and a certain other character, which I thought would never happen! I won’t say anymore but I was happy with the way everything turned out again.

This is a lovely addition to the It Girl series. It’s nice to read something lighthearted and funny because it’s not my usual kind of book. I love Anna’s nerdy realness and she’s a character I’ll treasure.

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