My Control Freak trilogy tells the story of feisty care leaver Holly Richards and her younger brother, Ryan. Holly has her future all mapped out, but it seems that however much she's in control, someone else is always messing things up ...
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Who really has their finger on the button in care leaver, Holly Richards's life?
It's Christmas and Holly just wants to chill with boyfriend Sean, but when he's whisked away by his demanding mother, Holly's past seems to be coming back to haunt her.
Just when she's trying to cope with her own mother's death wish and the disappearance of her birth father, Holly finds herself sidetracked by the reappearance of the boy who nearly killed her brother ...
So how will Holly keep her own life on track when she's left holding her foster sister's baby, her young brother Ryan seems determined to harm himself and her care leaver flatmate, Keesh, is cracking up with fears about the future?
Can Holly break old patterns and learn to let other people take control of their own lives, so she can get on with her own?
What people are saying about Control Freak
This unputdownable book tells the story of Holly, a teenager who is about to leave the security of living with her foster family and go out into the world on her own …. Control Freak is a fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable story about teenage life and love seen through the eyes of a charming and sympathetic heroine. It's also a hugely informative record of life within the fostering system in the UK that skillfully avoids falling into any of the cliche traps.
It has clearly been meticulously researched and brilliantly written because Holly's world is real and utterly believable. She's such a great character that the reader wants to stay with her and is constantly rooting for her, willing for everything to turn out right in the end.
Powerful, moving and highly recommended! I loved this book and can't wait for more from this hugely talented author.
Louise Douglas, Author of Missing You, The Love of My Life and The Secrets Between Us
I read Control Freak in one go. It's gripping, moving, vivid and a brilliant evocation of teenage life in the 21st century. I'd thoroughly recommend it for adults and teens alike.
Great characters, from uptight but loveable heroine Holly, to mysterious hearthrob Ptolemy, to vulnerable brother Ryan. Dramatic twists. Highly realistic dialogue. Subtle insights into adolescence, family and the scary limbo state of being a care leaver. But not remotely worthy in tone.
As a programme maker, I saw TV potential within the first few pages. It reminded me of Skins on Channel 4. As a former English teacher, I found myself wishing I'd had this as a set book - with its rich potential for discussions and spin-off projects. And as a media trainer of foster carers, teenagers in care and care leavers, it totally rang true. It would be a great stimulus for discussion for young people (or anyone) in the care system, and an empowering read for any teenager in care.
To quote Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker, Control Freak is a 'sincere, simply-told, ultra-convincing story that shows what it's like to branch out on your own after a childhood in care.
More from Henrietta Bond please!
Ian Peacock, Sony-award-winning broadcaster
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