Second Best Friend is Non Pratt’s second release with Barrington Stoke, publisher of “super-readable books”, and is a wonderful short story about friendships, politics and rivalry. Jade is determined to win the school election following a comment from her ex, even if it means losing her best friend in the process. What follows is the story of how a friendship can become a rivalry, with potentially terrible consequences.
Once again, Non has captured the teenage voice perfectly with Second Best Friend. It reflects the anxiety felt by a lot of teens both academically and socially, and is sure to resonate with a lot of teens (and adults too!). Jade reminded me a lot of myself when I was at school, and her character was so wonderfully written.
What I really loved about Second Best Friend is, despite it being a short story, there was a lot packed into it and it still managed to be believable. Where many short stories seem far-fetched, here everything is balanced to show how hectic and stressful, as well as fun, a teen’s life can be.
With Second Best Friend, Non Pratt has delivered another teen masterpiece. This is a story that is fast paced but utterly believable, with a main character that will resonate with many readers.