When Ali, Blake, Charlotte, and Grant sign contracts to star in a Back to School reality TV show,
LOVE is the very last thing on their minds:
Ali flies to the UK from New Zealand, intrigued by the golden opportunity to advance her amateur social media influencer career.
Blake carpe diems the moment with both hands after a constant flurry of bad luck.
Charlotte jumps at the chance to relive her sporting glories of the past – and take a hiatus from her humdrum marriage.
And Grant is just relieved to get away from his failing second-hand music shop.
But once the advances hit their bank accounts, it soon becomes apparent that producer Jock’s Pied Piper-style offer to change their lives is distinctly lacking in sherbet fizz!
In fact, the only sweet thing about this gig for the former students and the rest of their Bubblegum and Blazers competitors, may just be the packet of candy in their pockets.
Re-enacting their past is a rollercoaster of revelations, retaliation, and unlikely romance in a gold-fish bowl of mayhem where Raphael (Agony Uncle of the school sweet shop) and his rhubarb and custards reign supreme…
I love Isabella’s books each one is unique and addictive. so when the invite for this little gem dropped into my inbox I didn’t hesitate to accept and I wasn’t disappointed. Bubblegum and Blazers was an absolute tonic.
If you’re a fan of reality shows, the 90’s and something to make you laugh out loud then this is definitely the book for you. Each chapter is told from the point of view of 4 different characters, all very different, all the same age and all attended King Arthur’s secondary at the same time.
Bubblegum and Blazers brings memories from the nineties as the group enter there old school for a 12 week reality show. The prize at the end being a huge sum of money and opportunity to take a degree and change the course of their life.
The music and trends mentioned throughout are a happy blast from the past. I love the sweet shop (which also doubles as an equivalent of Big Brothers diary room) Isabella’s description of the sweets was so amazing I felt like I was actually tasting them! There were some I’d forgotten about!
The characters felt very real and I could associate most of them to people I knew, it was fun getting to know them all. The contrast of how they were in school to what they had become now was interesting and also how their lives had unfolded some who were quiet and unassuming when at school had become larger than life in present times.
This book has it all, love with laughter and plenty of twists and turns. This should be on everyone’s summer reading list!
A huge thank you to Isabella and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour.
All About Isabella
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer.
After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!
All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.
Where to find Isabella