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Falling Apart

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to live any longer. It’s nothing to do with what you said, Dad, I’d made up my mind to do this ages ago. Mum, maybe it will help to think of your twins together again.

Jan, I’m leaving you my blue cashmere sweater and all my books, even though they mostly belonged to you in the first place.

Louise, you can have my diamanté brooch and all my make up and any clothes you want. I’d like Carly to have my toy dog.

Love from Tina.

Tina is fifteen and having a miserable time at home since her twin brother died. She falls in love for the first time. Simon is from a private school and not part of Tina’s world. They don’t have much in common, but Tina convinces herself she’s in love. When Simon ends it with her, Tina’s world falls apart.

First published in 1989, Falling Apart is an honest and thought-provoking story written by one of the world’s most popular writers. Jacqueline Wilson captures the voices of teenagers perfectly in this engrossing novel about couples and families, and what can happen when it all goes wrong.

Jacqueline Wilson
About the Author

Jacqueline Wilson’s best known novels include Girls in Love, Vicky Angel and The Story of Tracy Beaker. She has sold over 30 million copies of her books that are loved by children and young adults around the world, and has won many awards, including an OBE for services to literacy in schools. Jacqueline was the Children’s Laureate, and in 2008...

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288 pp
Text publication date:
30 May 2011
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falling in love, family and social dislocation, suicide
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Praise for Jacqueline Wilson
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The class system is in full swing in this well-told story. Tina’s awkwardness around Simon, the difference in education and background and how it seems that they speak different languages is captured with heart-rending economy and sensitivity.

After years out of print, we’re glad to see this popular read return for a new generation of fans!

…it’s hard to believe this book ever went out of print. It is heartbreakingly honest, sad and funny at turns, and in my eyes, far better and more realistic than any other romance novel I’ve ever read…

Jacqueline Wilson captures the voices of teenager perfectly in this engrossing


I wish I’d read this book when I was 14….[Jacqueline Wilson] has said that Sylvia Plath and Katherine Mansfield are among her favourite authors, and her own writing has a similarly devastating precision—a way of needling at sore spots and making the reader question their own attitudes and assumptions.

‘As usual there’s plenty of life and humour in Wilson’s words.’