Bend It Like Beckham

Narinder Dhami

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18 April 2002
176 pages

If you're 18, love Beckham and can bend a ball like him then the world must be your oyster, right? Wrong. If you're Jess - 18, Indian and a girl - forget it.

Jess just wants to play football but her wedding-obsessed parents have other ideas so she hides it from them. But when Jess and her friend Jules join a ladies team and get spotted by a talent scout, it all kicks off ...

The Bend it Like Beckham movie was a box-office hit, starring Parminder Nagra, Kiera Knightley and Jonathathan Rhys Meyers.

Bend it Like Beckham was also transformed into a musical, and was performed in London's West End.

This is a really excellent book -- I saw the film but the book is better!

Danielle Lewis, Craigmount High, Teen Titles

Why did I like this book? Simple! It was brilliant. Hilarious and sad.

Kylie Hughes, Heysham High School, Lancashire Children's Book of the Year Award

A brilliant read

Gemma Ashcroft, 17, Boox