Friday 3 June 2016


We asked CC readers to tell us about the very first CC book they ever read... and what it meant to them. Here's what they said!

Niamh says:
The first CC book I read was MARSHMAL-
LOW SKYE, from my school book fair I think! The cover was beautiful and I loved the title so I bought it, unaware that it was the second in a series. I adored it. I related a lot to Skye and it sparked my interest in vintage. I've read it from cover to cover so many times I've lost count! I love Skye's uniqueness... she's quiet and avoids conflict but she is always true to herself! This book made me collect the whole CHOCOLATE BOX GIRLS series and I've been lucky enough to be a 'chocolate fairy' helper at Cathy's book signings on several occasions!

Slaney says:
I read INDIGO BLUE when I was quite young, but the one that really got me hooked was CHERRY CRUSH. It was the start of my love for CC books, and I own most of them now.

Sophie says:
My first CC book was a signed copy of INDIGO BLUE, bought from the craft shop just down the hill from Cathy's old cottage in Galloway. It meant a lot to me. I'd never read anything like it before, a reality story, something that I could imagine happening to me rather than the pony adventure stories I used to read and then forget. I was nine or ten then, in 2012n  and I've been hooked ever since!

Georgie says:
SUNDAE GIRL was my first CC book, the story of Jude who lives with her alcoholic mum and her grandparents. I was in Year 8 and I wasn't reading much, nothing seemed to interest me and then I found this book. I've been addicted ever since. Cathy's books have given me confidence and the encouragement to try new things, which is a big thing for me as I have autism. I think Cathy is the best!

Beth says:
SCARLETT was my first CC book... my sister said she thought I'd like it, and she was right! I read it in a day and that was that, I was hooked and had to read all the others too!

Jess says:
DIZZY was the first CC book I read, back when i was ten. Since then I've re-read it so many times! Sharing a love of music and festivals (and boys!) I feel a real connection with Dizzy. The book is what sparked my love of VW camper vans, too, decorated with dreamcatchers and flowers!

Leanne says: 
The first CC book I ever read was SUMMER'S DREAM. I love this book as it reminds me of myself - I was very ill in high school and was being bullied. I also love ballet, although I don't take lessons... maybe one day!

Amber says:
The first CC book I read was LETTERS TO CATHY, which I bought a few years ago when Cathy came to visit our primary school! It's one of Cathy's non-fiction books, inspired by her years as a teen mag agony aunt. I loved the book then and I still love it now - the whole concept is brilliant, and it's great for anyone who needs confidence.

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Cathy says:
I LOVE these stories... aww! Which was the first CC book YOU ever read? COMMENT BELOW to have your say!


  1. My first CC book was Marshmallow Skye which I found in the library and I loved it, it's still my favourite CC book, it is a special comforting book to me.

  2. The first book I read was Cherry Crush because my friend had read the series and she loved them.She has now read all of ur books.

  3. My first CC book was Gingersnaps. I got it for 50c at the local library. It's my favourite and I love it.

  4. Just like Jess - Dizzy was the first I read and one of my favourites. The second was Gingersnaps which is also one of my faves!

  5. My first CC book was Cherry Crush. My friends recommended to read the series and I just could resist the amazing cover. I completely loved it! My friends are never wrong with book recommendations.

  6. My first ever CC book was Cherry Crush, i read it in 2 days i enjoyed it so much! I am now obsessed with the chocolate box girls and keep asking my parents for more of her books!

  7. Dear Cathy,
    I really loved reading Sweet Honey I couldn't put it down and now I can`t put Looking Glass Girl down you do a great job with your writing.
    From Dorottya

  8. Hello Cathy,
    I loved reading Sweet Honey.
    Yours sincerely,
    Dorottya Talaber



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