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My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession by J. A. Buckle

My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession

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My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession by Jackie Buckle is the sequel to the successful first instalment of metal-head Josh Walker’s diary, Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets, and it’s set to find a new readership of teenagers charmed by the book’s balance of wit and deeper issues. Buckle takes 16 year old Josh and his crowd of bloke mates to the next level, exploring the dynamics of a male pier group and the intensity of their formulating years. The group battle and deal with mental health issues like depression, anxiety and eating disorders, but Buckle’s light touch ensures the book retains its characteristic wit and charm. It’s not all about crisps, despite what the title may say – this time Josh Walker continues his rock ‘n’ roll dreams, but his mum won’t even let him grow his hair long, his friends are either geeks or nerds (they haven’t decided yet) and he’s had precisely zero Valentine’s Day cards. Will he ever live up to the cool, tough dad he’s never known?

Jackie Buckle has teamed up with Young Minds, the charity for young people’s mental health, to donate a percentage of her royalties to the charity. Young Minds will support and promote publication of the book.

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Edel Waugh - 'Humourous and surprisingly touching at times , this book I recommend to all YA readers , there is something for everyone in this book.'
  • Amelia White, age 15 - 'Ferrets rock! Lists change everything....I thought this book was really funny and a brilliant peek into the mind of a teenage boy.'
  • Jodie, age 14 - 'Full of humour, life lessons and a completely great read...this is one of the best books I have read recently and I totally recommend it to anyone.'
  • Ben Evans, age 12 - 'I like the character as I can relate to him, it is one of the funniest books I have ever read!'
  • Ronan McCarthy, age 14 - 'I enjoyed My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession. It was a light hearted story filled with laughter and awkwardness.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'This book was really funny! A great laugh and I felt as I was there having fun with them all!'

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first book in this series, Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets. Read their reviews here.

  • Conor Kelly, age 16 - 'Funny and enjoyable. Really loved this story.'
  • James Smart, age 13 - 'is really funny, I laughed out loud several times.'
  • Katie Evans, age 14 - 'Overall, I found this book really enjoyable and I would highly recommend it, especially to teenagers. I would happily read it again.'
  • Edward Dunford, age 10 - 'its continuous humour, chilling twists and epic characters really give a fascinating insight into a sixteen year old boy’s life.'
  • Ben Evans, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book it’s really funny and it’s easy to read! My friends and I couldn’t stop to put it down!'
  • Rosa  Boran, age 14 - 'I really liked this book. It was really funny and a great read.  It was lifelike, realistic and an easy read too if you don't want anything challenging. I'd recommend this to any teenager.'
  • Emily Passmore, age 12 - 'This is a really funny book, especially in the parts about ferrets!'
  • Sarah Harper , Adult - 'A hilarious insight into the mind of a teenage misfit.  A very, very funny book which will appeal to teenagers and adults alike.'
  • Alice Horncastle, age 13 - 'This book unfolded with cracking pace, it is as if Josh is living, his story was so realistic and I could relate to it so well-I could not put it down!'
  • Madi Campbell, age 13 - 'This is a very funny book which I would recommend to any teenager, it is an easy read with many hilarious factors. If you want a good read which isn't too challenging, then this is the book for you.'
  • Aimee Sweet, age 13 - 'Very lifelike and realistic, this book will make you laugh, smile, and frown in disgust (in the best way possible)'
  • Vicki Sharman, adult - 'It's a comfortable read nothing nasty, completely innocent and simple to get into.'


My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession by J. A. Buckle

16 year old Josh is starting 6th form college and is determined to form a band, get a lot closer with his girlfriend Bekcy and , hopefully, pass the odd A level. A few days in and he has already embarrassed himself in front of a class ... he'll need all the help his ferret, a little witchcraft and a lot of smoky bacon crisps can give.


Critical Acclaim for the author's debut, Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets:

“Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets is a little gem of a book that I’m glad I got the chance to read.” Wondrous Reads Blog

“An hilarious insight in to the mind of a teenage misfit.” Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4Kids

“…a really excellent find for the YA reader in your life. It’s a witty look at the world through Josh’s eyes, a narrator with more than a little in common with the great Adrian Mole…Top
read!” Stranger Than Fiction Blog

About the Author

Jackie Buckle has been writing for years, since reading The Accidental Tourist by Anne Taylor, the book she says, that made her want to write. Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets was discovered in the slush pile by a Curious Fox editor who immediately recognised it’s irresistible mix of humour, music and the digital world.

Buckle writes around her day job as the website manager for a leading drug charity. She has two daughters who spent their recent teenage years dragging their mother to heavy metal concerts, so much so that Buckle is now a metalhead herself! She has seen Children of Bodom, My Chemical Romance, Fin Troll, AC/DC, Trivium and more. Her favourite music comes from Finland, where there’s a big metal scene producing some of the most innovative and popular bands.

Jackie is also passionate about animal rights, travel, playing the acoustic guitar and walking her Finnish lapphund. She lives in Reigate, Surrey.

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Publication date

9th April 2015


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192 pages


NewGen - YA Fiction
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)



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