When Jimmyâ€™s long missing father turns up out of the blue, Jimmy weaves himself the kind of happy future that heâ€™d find in the films, which are his passion. With everything else in his life in a bit of a mess, his father seems exactly the superman he needs to put things right. But is he? Jimmy has to take another hard cold look at his future is this sharply observed insight into reality.
Catherine isn't sure who she is. The hardworking student? The dutiful daughter? Or someone else entirely? Catherine, Cat, Cath - which is the real person? A gripping study of teenage pressure and identity. Catherine is a typical A-grade student from a middle class, high-achieving family, who suddenly, on entering the sixth form, loses her way. She stumbles from one situation to another, unable to work and turning to alcohol to take her mind off her problems. As she searches for answers through the varied and offbeat characters she meets, she learns a great many truths about life. Can she cope with the biggest truth of all - her own personality? Written in the first person, each chapter is addressed to someone different in Catherine's life - her mother, a teacher, a schoolfriend etc, and reflects how Catherine is different to different people. It brilliantly reflects the pressures on young people today in a world where they haven't got the time to grow up at their own pace. Is the face we present to the world our true self, or a carefully maintained construct?
It was just like any other Saturday morning for Simon - a rugby match at school, with his girlfriend Emma in the crowd. But then an accident changes everything; leaving Simon paralysed, Emma devastated and Simon's best mate Danny stricken with guilt. How do you cope when your future is snatched from you? Emma's determined that her relationship with Simon will withstand the trauma - but he's not so sure. And while Danny wants to stand by Simon, his growing closeness to Emma threatens all three of them... An honest look at the effects of disability on three teenagers - none of who will ever be the same again.
What do you do when your best friend is going out with Mr Wrong and it's making her life (and yours) a misery? This is the dilemma Helen finds herself in when Mish starts going out with Ryan. Suave and sophisticated he may be, but caring and consistent he is not.