by Samantha Mackintosh
Hardie Grant Egmont. Young Adult. Paperback rrp $17.95
Tallulah Bird (aka Lula, Lu, Tatty, T-Bird, Tatty Lula) is about to celebrate her sixteenth. Her good friends reckon it’s time to ensure that the jinx of boyfriends past disappears and that Lula doesn’t become an old spinster. It’s time to turn “Sweet Sixteen and BE kissed”.
So begins the wonderful, funny, sometimes scary story of a fifteen, soon to be sixteen, year old girl’s saga at trying to get her first kiss before the toll of bells ring for her sixteenth.
In contention for the great kiss are Fat Angus (but Tallulah’s younger sister snares him), Billy Diggle (he IS twelve years of age), Arnold (Arns) Trenchard (her workmate at the uni library) and Ben Latter (the boy she has had a crush on since she was six years old). It seems that Arns is the most likely one, until she helps him with a makeover and hooks him up to the girl of HIS dreams, Mona! Arns and Mona thank Tula for her matchmaking by organising a double date with Ben Latter – THE Ben Latter.