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Review by Suze
Mireille, Astrid and Hakima are going to a school where there's an ugliest girl competition going on, the Pig Pageant, and they are this year's winners. Being named pigs on Facebook might make them cry, but they won't let the voters get to them. Instead they're using the publicity they get to do something positive. Together with Hakima's brother Kader they go on a trip, a roadtrip by bike with Paris as their mission. They each have something important to do there. Will they reach their destination and what will their quest bring them?
Piglettes is a funny story about three unfit girls and a guy in a wheelchair who are going on a bike trip. I especially loved Mireille, she's strong, capable and incredibly brave. She stands up to her bullies and doesn't let anyone get to her. Astrid is a talented girl with a wonderful sweet personality. Hakima is young, gentle and vulnerable, but learns to stand up for herself along the way. Kader has many injuries, both on the inside and the outside, but a little friendliness might heal a lot of his wounds. I loved this amazing group of people from the start. They might not fit into most people's general perception of beauty, but to me they were the most beautiful main characters in the world.
Clémentine Beauvais writes with a fantastic sense of humor. I could easily picture her main characters due to her detailed and colorful descriptions. Their adventures often made me laugh out loud. I also loved the itinerary. France is a stunning country and I was mesmerized by their route, I loved the villages they end up in and the writing about the abundance of delicious food they eat along the way made my mouth water.
I like how Clémentine Beauvais combines serious topics, the constant demand and pressure to be beautiful, being bullied because of the way someone looks, the painful side of the influence of social media and the difficulties of not being popular with plenty of amusement. I admire how she gives her readers a serious message while bringing them a cheerful story filled with hilarity and joy. It's a combination that works. I really enjoyed reading Piglettes, it's a very special and original book filled with surprises and heartwarming moments.
If you love funny and original YA you will definitely like Piglettes.