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Andrew Cunningham, reviewing the book in The Telegraph on Saturday, welcomed the The Ultimate Teen Book Guide but voiced regrets over its length, the lack of colour inside and some of the wince-inducing commentary:

The guide's worst failing is the matey, mock-teenage tone too many of its adult reviewers affect. There's nothing teenagers despise more than adults trying to talk their language. One of the biggest offenders is Catherine Robinson, who peppers reviews with slangy terms stuffed with phoney teen-appeal, such as "seriously cool stuff!" and "lurve". Her comments on Rebecca (definitely in my all-time top 10) are particularly cringe-making: "One of my fave books ever - and if the ending doesn't leave you open-mouthed with disbelief´┐Ż I'll eat my PC!"

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