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Poppet Montague-Jones is 15, 87th in line to the British throne and soon to inherit a whopping trust fund. Unlike her sister Kitten - legendary wild child and society columnist in London Alive (see Diary of a Chav), Poppet is a troubled and ill-fitting teenager who is at an impressionable age, and doesn't quite know how to launch herself into the world. Poppet spends much of her time daydreaming and getting bossed about by her flamboyant school friends, Vixen Blaze Brocklehurst and Striker Earhart. Between them, the girls get up to all sorts of high jinks a la St Trinians at school and in their stinkingly rich 'hood', not giving much thought to their future. They're rich, so who cares! Poppet's Mum Saskia has her future in hand anyway: a career in fashion and marriage to nice, loaded, Felix Hayes Burlington across the road. Thing is, Poppet is not entirely sure it's what she really wants. Isn't there more to life than charity lunches and yoga? Is Poppet destined for a life of designer grunge and decadence without lifting a finger to earn her own living, or is she brave enough to break out of the mould?
16-year-old Shiraz Bailey Wood's days are filled with hoodies, hip-hop, and hanging around outside Claire's Accessories. Her parents work crap jobs and her school is pretty much chav central. There's not much goin' on in the world of this lovable dreamer, and having a brain and a heart of gold only makes it worse. Shiraz loathes being called a chav because she may be poor but she's not trashy, but she can't do much about it-yet. Shiraz is beginning to feel there's a lot more to life than minimum wage and the bling of a souped-up Vauxhall Nova. Told in diary entries over the course of a year attending the unfortunately named "SuperChav Academy" (where she'll do anything to prove she's not a chav), Shiraz's insanely funny voice and spirited narrative shows there is always a way to rise above any obstacle.
Ronnie, Fleur, and Claude (known to all as Les Bambinos Dangereuses, or LBD) have signed up for the summer of their dreams. They're working at a seaside hotel, complete with all-night parties, nightclubs, beach blowouts, and an endless supply of gorgeous surfer lads-with no embarrassing parents in sight! But soon enough, the dream turns into a nightmare. The lbD's archnemesis Panama Goodyear arrives at the hotel with her whole crew in tow. Not only do the LBD have to wait hand and foot on Panama, but they have to compete against her in the Demonboard beauty contest. Will the summer be ruined? Not if the LBD has anything to say about it!
Ronnie, Fleur, and Claude are the LBD -- Les Bambinos Dangereuses. These inseparable best friends are hip, feisty, and ready to take on the world. Except for one thing -- their fun- hating ogre parents won't let them go to the Astlebury Music Festival. Are their social lives ruined forever? Not if they can help it! The girls soon come up with a brilliant plan. They'll put on a concert of their own, featuring the finest talent (and hottest guys) that Blackwell School has to offer. But staging a music festival isn't as easy as it looks, especially when the LBD's sworn enemy, Panama Goodyear, is the headline act. Now it's up to the LBD to use their grace, poise, and humor to make Blackwell Live a huge success, complete with post-concert snogging and all. With LBD in charge -- it's not just a girl thing; it's the best thing!
At long last, the LBD (Les Bambinos Dangereuses to the uninformed) have finished another awful term at Blackwell School. Finally, Ronnie, Claude, and Fleur are free! If only they had plans for the summer . . . and if only Ronnie's boyfriend Jimi Steele would get his act together. . . . Just as their bliss fades into the boring summer blues, rock god and the LBD's friend Spike Saunders sends them free tickets to the Astlebury Music Festival. Brilliant! Soon enough, the LBD are on their way for a weekend of henna tattoos, festival chic, awesome music, and about a million totally lush festival lads. In other words: the natural environment for the LBD! Packed with the same humor and joie de vivre that made LBD: It's a Girl Thing an international success, LBD: Live & Fabulous! is a sassy, classy romp sure to win the LBD a whole new legion of fans.
The divine Shiraz Bailey Wood is back in this hilarious sequel to Diva Without a Cause to enlighten us with her signature brand of madcap humor on her demented, glorious life in the gritty suburbs of London. When sixteen-year-old Shiraz Bailey Wood's year-end test results come in, she's astonished to discover not only that she passed them all, but that she's actually clever! Emboldened by an invite to higher-level classes, Shiraz enrolls in Superchav Academy's "Center of Excellence" to get even brainier. Hanging with goody-two- shoes types in higher-level classes seems like just the ticket to avoid getting stuck forever in her crap hometown. But Shiraz has to figure out for herself: are these posh types really any better than she, or do they just want to stick their noses up at everyone?
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