Awarded the Gold, Silver and Bronze trotters after a vote by their classmates on Facebook, Mireille, Astrid and Hakima are officially the three ugliest girls in their school, but does that mean they’re going to sit around crying about it?
Well… yes, a bit, but not for long! Climbing aboard their bikes, the trio set off on a summer roadtrip to Paris, their goal: a garden party with the French president. As news of their trip spreads they become stars of social media and television. With the eyes of the nation upon them the girls find fame, friendship and happiness, and still have time to consume an enormous amount of food along the way.
I’ve edited this review from the spoilery one on goodreads, slightly, but there are spoilery thoughts over there if you want to see them!
This book is beyond cute, such a lovely and funny and heart warming story, with a perfect ending. My only mild negative is that Mireille is a difficult to like narrator, even though she’s really a good person. I loved the idea behind the ride, and the sausages, and the individual stories. I was sad they focused a little more on Mireille, Hakima and Kader and less on Astrid though, she felt a little left out even though it was because of her they all met! While you need a little suspension of belief that their parents would let them do this, it truly is a lovely story that’s about bullying and it’s effects while remaining positive and funny (as much as those two things absolutely do not go together!). I also loved that Hakima and Kader and family are included as people of colour without it being a thing, not to mention a main character with a disability and the discussions of some of his situation. The story could have worked without them in some way, so I’m always glad to see more inclusive things in all books! 💙
There are so many lovely little details about this story that I loved, and discuss in my spoilery goodreads review. But in summary, I love the resolution of Kader’s story, Mireille and her mum’s book, Mireille and Phillippe, Astrid and karaoke and music; and Hakima’s medical issue – that was dealt with in a truly lovely way. And (obviously) I loved the billion HP references. 💙💙💙
I also want to discuss the great way this book deals with social media – the way the others protect Hakima from knowing much about it, good or bad, and they way they ended up using it.
All in? Way better than I expected, honestly, and even a couple of chapters in I still wasn’t sure. But page by page this improves so hard, not cause it’s bad at the beginning but because the story starts to tie itself together. Honestly lovely, very funny and well worth checking out.