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Ally's worried about money. Or rather, the lack of it. Her big sister Linn has gone and got herself a Saturday job so she can help out, but Ally's too young to get a job...unless. Well, unless economical with the truth and goes for that job helping out in the card shop down the road. Never mind if it is run by a wig-wearing crazy woman who likes to sing children's songs Ally's worried about money. Or rather, the lack of it. Her big sister Linn has gone and got herself a Saturday job so she can help out, but Ally's too young to get a job...unless. Well, unless economical with the truth and goes for that job helping out in the card shop down the road. Never mind if it is run by a wig-wearing crazy woman who likes to sing children's songs (loudly). But the prospect of a job seems to just add to her worries...and then Rowan starts shopping for Britain even though Ally knows sha can't afford it-what is going on with her...?


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Ally's worried about money. Or rather, the lack of it. Her big sister Linn has gone and got herself a Saturday job so she can help out, but Ally's too young to get a job...unless. Well, unless economical with the truth and goes for that job helping out in the card shop down the road. Never mind if it is run by a wig-wearing crazy woman who likes to sing children's songs Ally's worried about money. Or rather, the lack of it. Her big sister Linn has gone and got herself a Saturday job so she can help out, but Ally's too young to get a job...unless. Well, unless economical with the truth and goes for that job helping out in the card shop down the road. Never mind if it is run by a wig-wearing crazy woman who likes to sing children's songs (loudly). But the prospect of a job seems to just add to her worries...and then Rowan starts shopping for Britain even though Ally knows sha can't afford it-what is going on with her...?

30 review for Butterflies, Bullies and Bad Bad Habits

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)

    *SERIES REVIEW* I have finally finished the series. All fourteen books, in a space of ten days. I read the first four books in the series when I was ten or eleven, and I adored them. This January, I really felt like revisiting them, as well as continuing with the rest of the books in the series that were still in the garage. I was scared that I wouldn't like them anymore in case I felt that they were too young for me...but I think I loved them even more this time round. IT WAS JUST...SO... *SERIES REVIEW* I have finally finished the series. All fourteen books, in a space of ten days. I read the first four books in the series when I was ten or eleven, and I adored them. This January, I really felt like revisiting them, as well as continuing with the rest of the books in the series that were still in the garage. I was scared that I wouldn't like them anymore in case I felt that they were too young for me...but I think I loved them even more this time round. IT WAS JUST...SO... PERFECT! *sobs* And I am now officially emotionally attached to this series. The whole Ally's World series centers around thirteen year old Ally who lives in Crouch End in London, in her ramshackle house with her quirky family. Throughout the series we are introduced to her sweet, but dippy dad; her seventeen year old sister Linn, who is neat freak and is quite grouchy with the fact that she has to live in such a chaotic house; Rowan, who is fifteen years old and is away with the fairies, her room is completely overtaken by fairy-lights and her own misshapen art projects; last but not least is her seven year old brother Tor, who is an animal fanatic, with a bedroom that doubles as the equivalent of London zoo. The only person missing in this equation is there mom who left them four years ago, battling bad post-natal depression after having Tor, to go travel the world that she has always wanted to see. I absolutely ADORE Ally's family. They are all so loveable and quirky and I just adore them! Linn is the super-sensible, neat-freak and the oldest one out of the siblings. She also thinks that she has actually been adopted and belongs to a royal family somewhere out there. I felt sorry for Linn, at times I wished she wouldn't be so grouchy, but I could understand the frustration that she felt. I completely adored Rowan, she was utterly adorable and so sweet! I loved how she wasn't afraid to be different and dress quirkily, as it really just made her such a fantastic character that was strong in her own way. Tor was utterly adorable, he is such a cute character, and I loved reading about all his endless pets. I also loved Ivy, who was such a sweet little thing, she is only introduced way later in the series though, so I won't say much else! I love that Karen McCombie has shown us all these little things that the characters do and how different their personality traits are. She wrote the family aspect amazingly - capturing the chaotic, yet wonderful, every day life of being in a big family. The characters had their ups and downs, where they lent on each other for support when there were times as trouble and I could clearly see the strong bond they all had with each other. It was truly wonderful the way Karen McCombie wrote the life of the Love family. Throughout Ally's World, we also become acquainted with Sandie, Ally's best friend who can win the award for being The Shyest Person in the Universe; Kyra (my name!), who, at first sights, is seen as rude and obnoxious...but there is more than meets the eye; Billy, Ally's boy best mate and her four other friends who we also begin to know, but not quite as well as the others, who are made up of Chloe, Jen, Salma and Kellie. The characters in this series are fantastic! Ally is such a phenomenal character! She is sarcastic, funny, kind and she tells her stories with such an authentic voice. Throughout the series it honestly feels like we have become best friends. I love the way she tells the stories of her everyday life and how she deals with certain situations. She is also a character that I can relate to, as we are both professional worriers. Then there are Ally's three best friends: Sandie, who is such a sweet character that I immediately liked, although she did disappoint me later on in the story as she did something that she really shouldn't have done, but I suppose it did all workout in the end. Billy, I adored Billy! He is, as Ally calls him, such a berk. He's absolutely hilarious and I often found myself laughing at the ridiculous antics that he could get up to. Then there is Kyra...at first I was disappointed to share my name with her, as she was quite rude and obnoxious without a singular tactful bone in her body. However, I soon learned about Kyra's troubled home life in book four and I felt sorry for her. Kyra, as a character, definitely improves throughout the series. She is still loud and obnoxious...but she is funny and sarcastic too, which is a good thing. I think. This is a truly phenomenal series. I would love to say more, especially about books 10 to 14 in the series. Some truly shocking things happened and there were times where I wanted to cry, scream, hug the books and fling them across the room. Whenever I started reading the next book in the series, I felt like I was being welcomed into my second home. It felt like I was literally living in the story, and partaking in the hustle of the Love household's every day life. I felt like part of the family. I know the characters' histories, I know their fears, their wants and I know each of them as they were my own sibling. I think that's the truly amazing thing that Karen McCombie accomplished when she wrote the stories, is how she makes you feel like you're living in their world. She makes the characters seem so unbelievably real. When you open another Ally's World book, you'll feel as if you are walking into your second home. These books are absolutely perfect. The characters are loveable, the dialogue is fantastic and Karen McCombie has a way with words that will have you devouring every word on the page and constantly in hunger for more. The last book was highly emotional, as I saw how far the characters had come, compared to where they were at in the first book. Laughs will be had, tears will be shed, hearts will broken, unexpected love lurks around the corner, families will fall and families will be completed. The last book was stunning and I was a highly emotional person after the final page had been read. A series that I will cherish. After reading this whole series, I can safely say Karen McCombie is now one of my favourite authors. If you are to read these books, I'd recommend that you make sure you have all the books in the series at your fingertips, as you'll want to keep reading and drinking in the words and completely losing yourself in Ally's World. I give it: 5/5 CUPCAKES!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    The first half was very boring, but it got alright once the bullying story finally came to the forefront. At least it wasnt about a relationship, or boys (I was pleasantly surprised). I havent read the previous books in this series but going off this one it is a pretty simple kids book, nothing really special about it, I would hope the first 2 are better though. Read the Dutch version of this, where the main character is for some reason called Lexy, yet no other cultural things have been changed The first half was very boring, but it got alright once the bullying story finally came to the forefront. At least it wasn’t about a relationship, or boys (I was pleasantly surprised). I haven’t read the previous books in this series but going off this one it is a pretty simple kids book, nothing really special about it, I would hope the first 2 are better though. Read the Dutch version of this, where the main character is for some reason called Lexy, yet no other cultural things have been changed about the story, which makes no sense.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley

    As with the previous books this is a really fast read, the font is slightly larger than normal so that means you can really fly through it. If you're looking for a light hearted and quick read then this is definitely the book for you. You don't need to have read the previous books in the series first however you may feel a little lost in terms of the characters names/relationships etc. but you should pick it up really quickly.  Read more on my blog at: https://bookgeek2015.wordpress.com/

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zenny

    I really loved this book and the story was inspirational!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    lejaa

    Nezaujímavá...Pre mňa nudná...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Still important today

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    Love this series so much!

  8. 5 out of 5

    sajah

    Kniha mala napínavý dej ale ja som riadky pomaly aj preskakovala. Pre staršie čitateľky to nebude asi veľmi zaujímavá kniha... Prečítala som ju za päť-šesť hodín a dala som jej 3/5 hviezdičiek.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Domika

    Alice se chová jako každá normální puberťačka a během pár stránek jsem si ji oblíbila. Jako vždy řeší nějaký malý rodinný problém. Alice ale vždy dělá z komára velblouda, a do všeho se vrhá bez rozmyslu a po hlavě. Nakonec se situace většinou vyvíjí ne úplně podle jejích představ. Chování Jably jsem zpočátku nechápala, proč se s problémy někomu nesvěřila, ale pak mi došlo, že je záměrem autorky ukázat špatný příklad pro náctileté čtenáře, kteří by si měli uvědomit správné řešení problémových Alice se chová jako každá normální puberťačka a během pár stránek jsem si ji oblíbila. Jako vždy řeší nějaký malý rodinný problém. Alice ale vždy dělá z komára velblouda, a do všeho se vrhá bez rozmyslu a po hlavě. Nakonec se situace většinou vyvíjí ne úplně podle jejích představ. Chování Jably jsem zpočátku nechápala, proč se s problémy někomu nesvěřila, ale pak mi došlo, že je záměrem autorky ukázat špatný příklad pro náctileté čtenáře, kteří by si měli uvědomit správné řešení problémových situací, do kterých se můžou dostat i oni. Školní batoh si vyrobila sama vlastnoručně - obrovský, pošahaný krám z oranžovýho plyše, na který ručně přišila něco jako žlutý filcový petrklíč. Alice v knize víc přemýšlí o své nepřítomné matce. Že by byl život lehčí, kdyby se vrátila zpět k rodině, která ji moc potřebuje… Podle mě autorka píše věci ze života, a to se mi na knize moc líbí – hrdinové řeší skutečné problémy …krávou týdne zvolili moji sestru! Úch-och… Dvě stě stránek knihy uběhlo díky velmi reálnému ději až neočekávaně rychle. Podle mě má příběh a celá série něco do sebe. Určitě ji doporučuji, ačkoliv jsou některé díly i zajímavější. 3/5

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    **GENERAL REVIEW FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES** Aww, man.... I started reading these books when I was about nine years old. I don't think I even read them in order at first, just got whichever ones I could find out of my schools library. I loved them. LOVED. Eventually I figured out the order and filled in the gaps. And then proceeded to read the entire series about five times over. Those were the times. Ally was my spirit animal in those days. She was a little awkward, wasn't quite sure where she fit into **GENERAL REVIEW FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES** Aww, man.... I started reading these books when I was about nine years old. I don't think I even read them in order at first, just got whichever ones I could find out of my schools library. I loved them. LOVED. Eventually I figured out the order and filled in the gaps. And then proceeded to read the entire series about five times over. Those were the times. Ally was my spirit animal in those days. She was a little awkward, wasn't quite sure where she fit into her family, had a nice group of friends but only a special few that she considered best friends. She was unlucky in love, to say the least. That's not even mentioning all of the unbelievably embarrassing moments. Coupled with a few other series, these books pretty much sum up my childhood reading. I think my heart sank a little when I realised I was reading the last one. NOTE: I really liked this book in particular. These books were never heavy handed with messages but the story-line with Rowan was definitely a great lesson-teaching moment.

  11. 4 out of 5

    A.R. Collins

    With less silliness and more to say for itself than the previous instalment, this book is back up to the standard of the first one. No real surprises here, especially if you bother paying attention to the title, but that's okay; after all, the surprise in the last one turned out to be completely stupid. Kyra's a real hero at one point, and this time I remembered that the author's eventually going to forget about this and have Ally describe her as 'a rubbish mate', which is a real shame, but it With less silliness and more to say for itself than the previous instalment, this book is back up to the standard of the first one. No real surprises here, especially if you bother paying attention to the title, but that's okay; after all, the surprise in the last one turned out to be completely stupid. Kyra's a real hero at one point, and this time I remembered that the author's eventually going to forget about this and have Ally describe her as 'a rubbish mate', which is a real shame, but it hasn't happened yet. But the real hero of this story might just be Linn, who normally only shows her unpleasant side, though she always gives the impression she'd be a good big sister to have around if things got really tough.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cornelia Franke

    Bei diesem Buch sollte man nicht vergessen, dass das Original 2001 erschienen ist. Daher stellt es das Thema Mobbing und wie man dagegen vorgehen kann zwar richtig dar, dennoch nicht ganz zeitaktuell. Andererseits gibt dies dem Buch einen gewissen Charme, wenn Abby Kassetten umdrehen muss, um weiter Musik zu hören, oder sie sich über die Neuartigkeit eines DVD-Players freut. Die Figuren sind liebevoll gezeichnet, die Sprachstil flüssig und witzig; gut ausgerichtet für Mädchen ab elf Jahren.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pippii

    This book is soo sweet. The main reason that Ive read it was that I actually met the author Karen McCombie the last time I visited Scotland, and attented the Book Fair. Karen was surrounded by so many girls, and she took her time to talk to everyone of the girls....and even me.. This book is soo sweet. The main reason that I´ve read it was that I actually met the author Karen McCombie the last time I visited Scotland, and attented the Book Fair. Karen was surrounded by so many girls, and she took her time to talk to everyone of the girls....and even me..

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda O'Donnell

    Rowan's been acting strange (well, more strange than usual). One minute she's crying over who-knows-what, and the next she's tripping into the house with all this new stuff (which has to come from the shopping fairy, since I know she's got zero money). Just what is going on with my sister?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    this is a real gem of a book on bullying; loved it!!! ^_^

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Borgeaud

    3.5 stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mina Van der Woodsen

    its a bad book.To tell you the truth i don't understand anything its crazy and not in a good way.BORING!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Madlenka

    The topic of bullying is much more serious and complex and it doesn't really go together with the light-hearted writing style, typical for Karen McCombie.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    It was F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Makaria Pfeiffer

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michaela Červenková

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Doris Day

  25. 5 out of 5

    Saima

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Chan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rose

  29. 5 out of 5

    Em

  30. 4 out of 5

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