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To be constantly thinking of a book I read in the 90s but can't remember the title?

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Popout Fri 19-Jun-20 00:01:06

So, I read the book mid to late 90s, multiple times and for the life of me cannot remember the title. The plot goes a little something like this:

Girl moves to a new town (I think it's set in the UK). She befriends a girl Rosie (?). Rosie has red hair, her family is Irish. They are not very well off. She's a troublemaker in school. The story moves back and forth from past to present. Basically Rosie dies after falling/being pushed in front of a lorry. The story is told from after her death and from the build up to her death. I think the two girls fell out, possibly the friend pushed her in front of the lorry? Not sure. Also, the girl ends up dating Rosie's brother which may have formed part of the falling out.

The details are hazy so I'm not sure about anything I've said. I think the book cover was white and had blood on it.

Anybody familiar with it? It's driving me crazy.

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BoobsOnTheMoon Fri 19-Jun-20 00:03:32

Oh I know the book you mean, I borrowed it from the library multiple times but can't remember the title either! Wasn't the girl who died pregnant by the brother of the other girl?

MagentaRocks Fri 19-Jun-20 00:09:10

Check out stump the bookseller. Should be able to get answers on there.

Popout Fri 19-Jun-20 00:09:11

Yes, I think so now that you say it that is ringing a bell with me! I feel like I can see the cover, I just cannot remember the title sad

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Popout Fri 19-Jun-20 00:10:15

@Magenta Thank you, I will have a look!

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BoobsOnTheMoon Fri 19-Jun-20 00:12:23

I think it was an accident, they were fighting at the edge of the road, didn't one go to step out and the other pull her back and they wrestled and then she fell into the path of a lorry?

Popout Fri 19-Jun-20 00:16:45

@BoobsOnTheMoon That's it!! You're bringing more back to me. I'm so glad somebody else remembers this book, I've asked so many people IRL and nobody knows what I'm talking about.

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Samtsirch Fri 19-Jun-20 00:25:52

Love these threads, they remind me of so much I have forgotten, and get me thinking of so many things I can only half remember too 😊

Lifeisconfusing Fri 19-Jun-20 00:49:51

Rosies quest!! ?? smile

oliviaskies Fri 19-Jun-20 00:50:30

Don't think it quite fits, but it sounds a bit like Vicky Angel, which my DD read when she was younger? She definitely had red hair and got hit by a car or lorry, but I've not read it in a long, long time. Was published in 2000 from a quick Google, though.

Lifeisconfusing Fri 19-Jun-20 00:53:17

Is it this op

eatsleepread Fri 19-Jun-20 00:55:30

Sounds like a cheery read! grin

Popout Fri 19-Jun-20 00:55:45

@Lifeisconfusing @oliviaskies

Unfortunately it's neither of those but thank you for trying to help smile

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WinterHasCome Fri 19-Jun-20 01:01:41

I was thinking Vicky Angel too, by Jacqueline Wilson... Doesn't quite match, but very similar.

Lifeisconfusing Fri 19-Jun-20 01:27:31

It’s doing my head in now spent half hour looking for it too. Was it a teenage book

Popout Fri 19-Jun-20 08:17:42

@Lifeisconfusing Sorry! I know it's very frustrating. Especially because alot of the details are known, you would think it would be an easy search.

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Popout Fri 19-Jun-20 08:23:13

@eatsleepread I know, right? grin

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FuckyNel Fri 19-Jun-20 08:28:25

Was it Marian Keyes?

Although I’m thinking of a book city girls/city women

FuckyNel Fri 19-Jun-20 08:29:43

Actually no don’t think it’s that 🤔

Pegaroo Fri 19-Jun-20 08:43:01

I can’t tell you the title....but I remember reading it and thinking books don’t usually contain people squished under lorries !

SlatternIsMyMiddleName Fri 19-Jun-20 08:47:01

I’m impressed at the quality of your reading material. When I was young I was devouring my mother’s bonkbusters!

Musicalmistress Fri 19-Jun-20 08:52:16

Aaaah I read this too but no idea what it was called 🤯

BoobsOnTheMoon Fri 19-Jun-20 09:30:06

It wasn't Vicky Angel, or anything by Marian Keyes.

Definitely young adult fiction.

SherbertSaucers Sat 20-Jun-20 10:52:14

Hmm, was it Tulip Fever? Hazy on the details of that but some of what you’ve said rings a bell.

BoobsOnTheMoon Sun 05-Jul-20 18:39:44

Did you ever get any further with identifying this @Popout ?

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