Book Review: Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco by Ruth Fitzgerald


Title: Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco
Author: Ruth Fitzgerald
Published: Ferbruary 3rd 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Genre: Middle Grade
Length: 352 pages

I purchased a copy of this book from Waterstones.

Book Blurb (via Goodreads):

Emily Sparkes thinks having your best friend move to Wales at the same time as your parents decide to have a new baby is probably more trauma than anyone should have to cope with. But things go from bad to worse when she’s paired with revolting Gross-Out Gavin for the school trip! Emily is determined to escape him, and when glamorous new girl Chloe Clarke turns up it seems her prayers might be answered.
Unfortunately, everyone has gone Chloe Clarke mad and Emily finds her ‘sworn enemy’ Zuzanna has had the same idea. Getting and keeping Chloe as a friend proves a lot more troublesome than Emily anticipated and leads her into a whole new set of disasters . . .

My Thoughts

Reminiscent of Jacqueline Wilson’s stories for younger readers, Emily Sparkes has all the humour and spunk of a great middle grade read. Emily Sparkes has lost her best friend to Wales and now faces being partnered with the grossest boy in the class for an upcoming school trip. Luckily for her, a new girl arrives and Emily is determined to impress her so she has someone to be with during the school trip.

When Emily finds herself locked in a battle of wills to win over Chloe, the new girl in class, she fears the worst – being partnered with Gross-Out Gavin for the Tudor school trip. Chloe seems like a nice girl but she’s full of fanciful stories about her rich family and their new things, as well as mocking Emily for her ‘babyish’ ways. Even though Chloe isn’t exactly the new best friend she had hoped for, Emily still tries her hardest to win her over, because the alternative is too awful to think about.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick, easy read as it’s aimed at a younger audience but I still found it funny and entertaining. Poor Emily just wants to have a new best friend so she won’t be so alone anymore after her friend has moved away and her all her prayers seem to be answered when Chloe arrives on the scene. But Chloe was a proper little miss who acted better than the other girls and I felt really bad for Emily, who was trying so hard to impress her.

I think this is a great book that teaches young kids to just be themselves instead of trying to change to impress someone. True friends are better than false friends, as Emily found out, and I’m glad that things worked out well in the end. I’m looking forward to reading the next adventure for Emily.


This book is available at the following links:

Non-Affiliate: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Affiliate: BookDepository

About the Author

Ruth Fitzgerald grew up in South Wales but has lived most of her life in Suffolk. She wrote her first story at the age of six and immediately announced she wanted to be a writer. Her teacher immediately told her that being a writer was a hobby and she needed to get a proper job. Ruth tried twenty-three proper jobs before deciding her teacher was wrong. She lives near Ipswich with her family, a tiny dog and five chickens.

You can find out more about Ruth by following her on Twitter.

One thought on “Book Review: Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco by Ruth Fitzgerald

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