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Jade is so used to being with and agreeing with Vicky, her larger-than-life best friend, that when a tragic accident occurs, she can hardly believe that Vicky’s gone. But Vicky is a spunky girl who’s not going to let a small thing like death stop her from living life to the fullest. Whether Jade is in school, running, or tentatively trying to make new friends, Vicky makesJade is so used to being with and agreeing with Vicky, her larger-than-life best friend, that when a tragic accident occurs, she can hardly believe that Vicky’s gone. But Vicky is a spunky girl who’s not going to let a small thing like death stop her from living life to the fullest. Whether Jade is in school, running, or tentatively trying to make new friends, Vicky makes her presence felt, and it’s not always a good thing....

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ISBN : 9780385729208
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Vicky Angel Reviews

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-05-19 12:04

    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.Children's books deal with death all the time, so this is no different. What is different is the way the characters deal with the grief brought on by death. It's written extremely simply and at times the protagonists' narrative was utterly annoying and devoid of anything particularly... enlightening (though what does one expect from a teenager, really) but it does offer up a different approach that I think, at the time the book was published, was not readily available.Less so now, but children aren't much involved in deaths. There are many stories of children growing up on the 60s through to the 80s and even the 90s where they aren't even told someone is dead-particularly a parent-and aren't taken to the funeral. And then they aren't told "properly" and they aren't really involved in any kind of conversation. Thankfully these days we aren't so afraid of conversation as we once were, and this book was probably a pre-cursor to that shift in dealing with death and children.I'd hate to think that any adult gave this book to a kid of they suffered a loss, though.Perhaps it was left to the nanny to do that.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  • Sara Darr
    2019-05-20 04:37

    Vicky Angel is about a girl named Jade who loses her best friend Vicky in a car crash. It deals with the theme of bereavement, grief and guilt.Jade's friend Vicky is an outgoing, spontaneous and fun-loving girl whilst Jade is very much the opposite and more like Vicky's sidekick. They have an argument which leads to Jade dying in a car crash. From then Vicky's ghost frequently visits Jade at school where she will not allow Jade to move on and make new friends. It is only when Jade visits a counsellor where she learns how to deal with Vicky. However, when Jade attends an inquest into the death of Vicky she is overcome with guilt. She runs out of the court and down the road where she is nearly ran over by car. Vicky's ghost reappears and saves her and explains to Jade that the accident was not her fault, freeing her from the guilt she had been feeling since her death. Vicky then grows angel wings and disappears into the sky, allowing to Jade to continue with her life.Jacqueline Wilson was one of my favourite author's when I was at school. I remember reading 'The Suitcase Kid' as a class, at school and I believe that sparked my interest in reading the rest of her collection of books. She is reknowned for writing books which tackle a range of difficult themes such as mental illness, divorce, adoption and bereavement. I think she explores the themes quite well through the 'child friendly' and real to life experiences that a school child could possbily relate to. Her books are usually aimed at KS2 upwards.

  • Megan Baxter
    2019-05-23 05:51

    Under normal circumstances, I don't know that I would ever have read Jacqueline Wilson. I didn't discover her during my childhood, and as an adult, I don't think this would really have become an author on my radar. Normal circumstances, however, do not take into consideration my extreme stubbornness and the existence of the BBC's Big Read List. Due to the two in conjunction, I think this is my third Wilson book. I have to say, while they probably aren't something I would have sought out even as a child, they're not bad.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  • Bahar
    2019-05-19 10:03

    Vicky Angel- Jacqueline Wilson. An engaging book written in the 20th Century about two ordinary girls, who are best friends and go to the same school. Jade and Vicky have been best friends since nursery even though they were very different in character. Now at secondary school Jade is still the quiet one who always agrees with Vicky- who has a very strong character and is the decision maker of the two with a very strong character. However, a disagreement between the two friends results in a tragic accident and things instantly change for both of them when Vicky dies in a car accident Jade is left on her own. But Vicky does not leave Jade alone and is determined to make her presence felt as a spirit. Even though Jade is very upset, lonely and shocked at the thought of losing Vicky when Vicky comes back for her she realizes that nothing can separate them and is back to her usual self in no time. However, even though Jade is enjoying Vicky's presence, Vicky's demanding actions begin to interfere with Jades ordinary life and is also being noticed by friends, teachers and her mum. Jades teacher approaches her and asks her if she would like to receive further help from a counsellor to help her to overcome the constant presence of Vicky who she admits to seeing. After difficult sessions with the counsellor Jade is told to try and block Vicky's presence out of her life otherwise she will start to cause damage in Jades life. The more Jade tries to block Vicky out, the more Vicky turns against Jade and tries to take control of her life, such as persuading her to bunk off school. Eventually, Jade realizes that even though she is upset to have lost Vicky in order to be happy again she needs to block her out and to move on without her. With the help of the counsellor Jade manages to block to Vicky out completely by leaving her when she wants and only seeing her when she wants, this therefore helps Jade to move on and to carry on with her life. This story was very touching and allows the reader to relate to the setting very easily, mainly aimed at teenage girls, the story explains the attachment involved in friendships alongside the importance of growing up and being able to let go when needed.I enjoyed reading this book because the author helps you to pick a character which you can relate to as a person. Additionally, Jade's situation can easily be understood as she is feeling upset to have lost Vicky but then is happy when she is around, which is a difficult position to be in.I think this book can be best used as an independent reading book within the classroom, as an effective and favorited author for teenagers Jacqueline Wilson's books are enjoyable and can help teenagers to develop themselves and helps them to be able to understand certain situations which take place in their life.

  • Siobhan
    2019-04-30 06:49

    Growing up I read my fair share of Jacqueline Wilson books but I can honestly say that this one was my favourite, the one that stuck with me many years after reading it. As with all of Wilson’s books it’s written in a way which easily engages the reader, being accessible to both the younger and older reader, filled with the emotions necessary to get the reader really thinking.This book tackles the issue of the death of Vicky and the issues which arise for her best friend following her death and reappearance as a ghost. Filled with raw emotions, it is not a read for someone prone to emotional moments unless they have a handy box of tissues at the ready in case tears start to spill over. It is most certainly a book to remind us of what we have and the effect that death can have on a person – taking a realistic approach to grief despite the fictional aspect of Vicky being present in the book as a ghost.

  • Marzie
    2019-05-16 12:05

    بین سه و چهار دودل بودم خیلی

  • Yamin Eaindray
    2019-05-18 12:40

    I have Vicky Angel by my bed every night, on top of a stack of various books. I've read it about five times and still can never get tired of how fierce, daring, and cold-hearted Vicky Waters is, and how weak, puny, and troubled Jade Marshall is. I don't know the feeling of your best friend using you like a doll, making you do what she desires but I know it's difficult and heartbreaking.Jade's life is falling apart; Fatboy Sam who is misunderstood to be keen on Vicky when he's just trying to get and close and help Jade, her father and mother hanging onto their relationship with all their might just for their daughter, and Vicky being the most selfish, vain, controlling devil to her own best friend. How can Jade bear Vicky's snide comments on her choice of "pudding" friends and her cadaverous figure? Jade is too attached to Vicky to let go of the past, forget the tragic car accident, and confront the future where Vicky can't haunt her. She should stop wasting away, desperately calling out for Vicky, and not get on with her life. Overall, fantastic writing, descriptive feelings, and the wonderful, twisted plot. It's a huge, heart-warming story in 171 pages.

  • Laura
    2019-05-25 06:39

    One of the more difficult topics Wilson tackles in this book, bereavement and the loss of a young life. All of her books focus on some challenging issue, but this is one which particularly stuck in my mind for some time after reading it.Vicky is bright, popular and everything her best friend Jade wishes she could be. One horrible day, Vicky is knocked down by a car and dies and naturally, Jade is absolutely devastated - until Vicky decides to pay her a visit as an angel that no one else can see or hear but her! Whilst perhaps not entirely realistic, this book shines a light on how a pre teen handles the death of another young person and the associating issues of the people who are left behind. I enjoyed reading about the mischief Vicky, now an angel, and her friend Jade get up to - such as their adventure exploring London. A great read for older children and adolescents.

  • Sophie
    2019-04-29 12:38

    This book was really sweet and I remember really noticing the changes in the main character and her becoming brave enough to voice her opinions. I think they learnt a lot off of each other, I remember being really saddened though that it was too late for Vicky to practice what she had learnt.

  • Jo
    2019-04-30 11:45

    One thing I've noticed about the books on this list is that a lot of them are very sad. I suppose people remember books that make them feel sad, or maybe people voted for books that helped them deal with their own grief or something. This one is about a young girl called Jade who is grieving for her friend Vicky, who has been run over and killed in front of her. Anyway, it's very good, engaging, nicely written. Loses a star for being a tiny bit too worthy and predictable. Wilson points out in the author interview which is included in my edition that children's books tend not to mention death these days, though it was a common topic for children's literature on the 19th century (though it would have to be, wouldn't it, because children were so much more exposed to death then, given mortality rates for young children - their siblings and women in childbirth - their mothers). She says she's deliberately written this book as a response to that, and it does sometimes feel a bit as if it was written to address a topic - she even makes references to that model of the stages of loss. But she creates some great characters here, which makes up for the worthiness.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-20 04:42

    I read this book back when I was about 12/13 I think can't remember exactly. I still have this book somewhere that is how good this book is. Which is shocking considering this is a kids book.This is a very sad book and I remember when I did, read this I was quite emotional whilst reading this. Back then I struggled with reading anything I 'am dyslexic, so it was very difficult when I was a kid/teenager to read anything for me. But this book was one of those books that got me interested in reading. I think I read this all in one day when I first got it, which was very good for me.It definatly has some very sad parts to this book but also, some funny parts I loved this book.For me to say I loved this and remember it so, accurately it definatly made a impact on me back then.It is one of those books that will always stay with me :)

  • Essi
    2019-04-26 11:49

    4.5! The only problem I have with this book is how the ending kibd of hits a wall...

  • Hannah
    2019-05-22 07:05

    I decided to re-read this book recently, as I delved into my childhood bookcase. It's safe to say that I fell in love with Vicky Angel all over again. Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite childhood author, and this book is a book that allows a young reader to see a new perspective on life. The book, Vicky Angel, is about two friends. One is called Jade and the other is called Vicky. In the first chapter, a shocking tragedy happens where Vicky sadly dies and Jade has to deal with life on her own. It's hard because they've always been inseparable. However, now Jade has to tackle life with her own mind and her own power, or does she?Jacqueline Wilson has successfully highlighted how grief is and how it effects people. From everything like brief suicidal thoughts, conjuring up an imaginary ghost, questioning the real world to hitting back and hating everyone or even blaming yourself. You begin to see noticeable changes in the character Jade as well as connecting with her as her life goes on yet she is stuck with the passing of her friend. The book is more psychological then anything. Is Vicky now a ghost? Or is Jade imagining her because of her guilt? Jacqueline has made the book an interesting read as well as allowing the reader to have many different alternative perspectives of the plot. I also like how Jacqueline Wilson has written this book compared to her other books. Mostly, her books are what I call a 'harsh childhood story'. They're young enough for young readers, however there is a harsh plot twist which makes an older reader return to the book and still find it interesting. However, this book is different. Although, yes - it's harsh and young, it's the most real book I have read from Jacqueline Wilson. There are very few books out there for young children which allow them to experience grief in a first person perspective, and this book does it beautifully. Although the ending is inevitably happy, you begin to question whether or not Jade will go on. I'd recommend this book to any young readers.

  • Lennongirl
    2019-04-29 11:05

    So I'm not really the target group here and not keen on reading childrens' books in the first place, however, this was extremely disappointing. Flat and annyoing cardboard characters, terrible parental behaviour and an abrupt ending - it's not really a book I'd give my kids to read (not that I have any, but well). Maybe I had the wrong expectations, though: I thought this was some novel intended to help children overcoming grief, instead, it was more like some person freeing theimselves from an abusive relationship. Interesting topic, but not for this book. So, nay.Why I read this in the first place? Goodreads recommended it to me, saying it was similar to The Godfather. So I got into this dangerous mix of silly and curious and bought this. And am none the wiser - what exactly the parallels are between Vicky and Vito (or whomever) remains the secrets of goodreads' logarithm.

  • Nitro Indigo
    2019-05-01 07:57

    I read this a few years ago because the concept interested me, and it was... okay. Please note that my memory of this book isn't the best.The book made a good enough job of making the girls' friendship seem real, by developing them in the first chapter before the story happened. I also liked the little illustrations next to each chapter number, which showed a scene from the chapter.There were a few things that bothered me, though. At one point, Jade skips school(?) and goes to London, unsupervised. Absolutely nobody is concerned about this. It's completely unrealistic. And then there's the ending.(view spoiler)[Jade somehow relives the moment when Vicky died, then Vicky suddenly gets wings and goes to heaven. What...? (hide spoiler)]I remember re-reading the passage multiple times to make sure I didn't miss anything. I still don't fully understand that scene.

  • Rei
    2019-05-03 05:42

    Being a person who usually overlooks Jacqueline Wilson because of the child-like colorful cover art, I read this one when my sister had it and I had to buy it for myself. It was the first out of two Wilson books I've ever read (second being the lovely "Lola Rose") and it's actually quite a powerful book, put into an "easy-read" format for kids, so to speak.The lone standing that it's a child learning to cope with her best friends death alone was interesting and sad, and the fact she starts off feeling that people blame her and wish it was her, her relationship with social society was touching. Then her life after, of dealing with Vicky as a spirit, their girly talks of boys and the like, made it a lovely and humorous book where it intends to be humorous.The ending was sweet and memorable and it now sits as a prideful book on my shelf. Loved it, worth a read definitely.

  • Janet
    2019-05-21 05:03

    Although written in a perspective for older children this book was an excellent exploration of a teenage girl's response to the sudden death of her best friend. The friend ran in front of a car and was killed. She had been very popular but was also very manipulative. The book deals with Jade's sadness at the loss of her friend, also with feelings of guilt because they had been arguing when the accident happened and also with the effects of Vicky's dominance of Jade - both while she was still alive and also in Jade's thoughts after her death.

  • Rachel A.
    2019-05-22 04:39

    I originally read this as a child, I loved it. I even still remember the plot, when I can't remember the plot to a book I finished like, 2 weeks ago.I am not going to give this story five stars, because I highly doubt I would enjoy this book now as I did back then. However, I also feel I have to reread it.

  • Koasar Malik
    2019-05-05 12:54

    Amazing story, a classic from an all time loved author, Jacqueline Wilson☺☺☺☺ what more is there to say?

  • Natalie Walker
    2019-05-01 10:54

    This Book has got to be one of the best books Jacqueline Wilson has written. Enjoyed this book very much, made me cry aswell. And that is a very good accomplishment.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-11 08:53

    BEAUTIFUL BOOK

  • Niamh H
    2019-05-05 09:03

    i rate this 9/10i was so teary

  • Devon Flaherty
    2019-05-11 09:45

    ....I had a week before me, during which I was planning and packing for a very big trip, two thick books lined up in the queue (which would be the wooden box between my front door and the couch), and Dustbin Baby already read. I was not that impressed, and took a stroll through the giant spreadsheet of my Best Books to Read, where I found a total of twelve more Jacqueline Wilson books. I was not pumped. But I was surprised.Who is this Jacqueline Wilson character that she makes the top 1200 (or so) books thirteen times and yet ceases to impress me? I’ll tell you. She’s a British lady. She has written over sixty-one YA books. She is now some sort of tour de force, complete with a whole online wonderland of games and information, as well as more than a few books-to-movies. She became popular after something like thirty books, when she wrote The Story of Tracy Beaker. Her popularity is thanks almost entirely to the people of England. And here is her schtick: since the 70s, she has been writing short, accessible, encouraging yet realistic books about kids and teens in really tough situations. I ended up gobbling down six more Wilson’s books (that’s all my American library had) before laying out my judgement, and the topics that sampling covered (some of her most lauded, included) were being a foster care child, having a parent with a mental disorder, dealing with the death of a friend, going through parental divorce, being a twin, and being abandoned by your parents.I can’t help but keep thinking about the comment I received about my book from Zack Smith at the local paper: “I’m just going to say it: More coming-of-age novels need stuff like this. Estranged parents and soured relationships can only take you so far.” And yet, I think that Wilson’s books, with their accessibility and their very real and positive outlook, are also important to children. And I don’t know who benefits more: kids who can relate to this stuff, or kids who can learn compassion and understanding. (On the other hand, I think romps into light, airy, and imaginary worlds is also good food for the developing mind.)These are the books I read (some of them in an afternoon), in this order: Dustbin Baby, 2001 The Illustrated Mum, 1999 Double Act, 1995 The Story of Tracy Beaker, 1991 The Suitcase Kid, 1992 Vicky Angel, 2001 Girls in Tears, 2002In the end, these books are not really my cup o’ tea, although there was some fun in breezing through them and analyzing them together. And really, I can see the merits of them. Really. Writing-wise, they were unspectacular. Wilson sticks to such straight-forward vocabulary that it can grow flat. At no time was I transported to a grassy hillside. While her characters are rounded out nicely, her plots (I think because of the featureless writing style) leave you wishing for more. With all these terrible, real-life situations and triumphant endings, I ended the last page of the last book wondering why my heart had not soared nor one lonely tear come to my eye. However, the ideas behind the books are solid, and the insight, empathy, and tact with which she writes about them are spot-on. She understands kids–and these kinds of kids (/preteens/teens)–unlike any other author (or even person) I have ever read (met).Six random observations:One, I absolutely love the way so many of her main characters see themselves in such negative terms (including, of course, their appearance, but also often their behavior) or even just unrealistic terms, but Wilson never takes the easy way out explaining and patronizing about how they really are beautiful or slender or kind or whatever. The character always slowly, and in a very understated way, discovers something redeemable about themselves, for themselves, and with the tender help of one compassionate person. We need not cue the sappy music.Two, these books are for girls. Out of the seven I read, not one of them would be of too much interest to a boy. They were all about girls and written to girls. That’s all.Three, part of how Wilson does her Wilson-thing is using illustrations (by Nick Sharrat) and other story-telling devices. Yeah, lots of YA books these days use them, too. Like Captain Underpants and Origami Yoda. Wilson uses different techniques in each book, like telling the story through a journal, or starting each chapter with a letter of the alphabet, or hanging the storyline in the structure of a walk through town. Got it?Four, I also love that she is honest about how kids perspectives are often skewed, especially in that they are often attached where it is unsafe and repelled where it would be good. So many times, her heroine clung to an unhealthy relationship because it was familiar, justifying behaviors and running an internal dialogue of excuses, or separated themselves unwisely from people that could have offered them much better than they were already getting. We adults could take a hint, too.Five, occasionally Wilson’s books bring up the occult or witchcraft, and not necessarily in a fantasy way. I believe she regards it as a type of play-acting, but the line is a thin one. Several of her characters imagine themselves using magic to change things around them or even hurt others. One of the characters imagines a friend who is an “ace” at the occult (turning into a vampire, etc.). Also, Christian belief is seen more in negative terms. The kid characters tend to view religion as worthless and even mock it, while the only positive religious character I read in Wilson’s books was sort of flaky about her religious affiliation to the point that you eventually forgot she was a Christian. (I only just now remembered her because the description of her stiff collar clashing with her lively pants was a stand-out.)Six, there are movies. I have not seen any of them yet, and have no idea about their availability stateside, but I plan to look into it.Vicky Angel was, by far, the most interesting of the books. It’s funny, because this is largely due to the truly-fictional element of the book (as well as the touch of romance). I mean, is Jade going bonkers, or is Jacqueline Wilson asserting ghosts are real? And that Vicky! Someone we love to hate.....REVIEW FROM THE STARVING ARTIST

  • Lucy :)
    2019-05-26 11:48

    This book was okay. Not good, not great. Just okay.I've been on a Jacqueline Wilson kick lately, reading all of her books that I loved when I was younger, but they all seem to blend into one. All her characters seem one-dimensional, underdeveloped, plain. None of them have really stuck out to me, none of them seem memorable. That being said, I did quite like the story line of this one, it definitely isn't her best work, but it was okay. I found it to be a very interesting exploration into grief and bereavement, perfect for her young target audience.I did find the ending very abrupt. It reminded me of when I was seven years old, I would get a stupid idea for a story, spend ten minutes scrawling words across a page, then I decided I was bored, but I had to end the story somehow didn't I? So I killed my characters off, or abandoned the entire plot and gave them all a happy ending, or do something just as stupid and abrupt, just like what happened here. It's a miracle how I got my crappy short stories published in the first place! I feel like there should of been one more chapter, just so we got some closure.Love Lucy x

  • Mia
    2019-04-30 08:43

    An incredible read.Vick Angel is an absolutely amazing story about an normal teenage girl; Jade, who's life changes dramatically when her best friend is killed in an accident. Vicky, now a ghost, stays around Jade but is that what Jade really wants? Vicky isolates Jade from everyone with her rude remarks that she makes Jade say. This book gives an extremely powerful message about the relationship between the best of friends. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I recommend it to ages around 11-15 and maybe female readers. An excellent example of Jacqueline Wilson's skill and passion.

  • Ben R.
    2019-05-08 08:55

    Decided to read this as it's part of BBC's Big Reading List from 2003. Vicky Angel served as a piece of light reading for me, but still managed to keep me gripped with its interesting themes of death, bereavement and guilt. Dame Jacqueline Wilson is an author whose works I'd heard of as a child, but I'd never actually read a book of hers in its entirety, until now. It's quite clear to see that the demographic of this book is directed towards a younger audience, but it's still able to maintain the reader's interest if one goes into it with an open mind.

  • Bev
    2019-05-26 11:41

    I don't think this is one of Jacqueline Wilson's better books. While it is interesting to see a book for pre-teens and younger teens that deals with death/grief, it seemed a bit simplistic even for the target age. Also, I just could not like Vicky, even though I was probably supposed to feel sorry for her being dead? Actually I thought Jade had a lucky escape - at least now she can get on with her life without her bullying so-called "best friend" putting her down all the time!

  • Just
    2019-05-13 05:39

    I've only read one or two Jacqueline Wilson books before and enjoyed them. This one was great as well. Jade loses her best friend Vicky in an accident. Vicky decides that even in death she wants to be with Jade and returns to her friend but as time goes on Jade finds it harder and harder to deal with ghost Vicky.

  • Georgia
    2019-05-12 05:50

    Wow.Just wow!This book was absolutely amazing probs the best Jacqueline Wilson book I have read so far.At first I was wondering if it was Jade who was dead would Vicky care.I thought no but then i read on and i got proved wrong.Totaly suprising and highly recommend

  • Annabel
    2019-05-09 11:54

    Another great book by Jacqueline Wilson. It has such a sad story but at the same time it's so exciting to see what happens next. I promise you, this book is really hard to put down since you just want Vicky to stay...