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Makeover Magic

Series: Totally Lucy: Book 1
By Kelly McKain

Makeover Magic

Makeover magic

Chapter One

Monday the 8th of November at 6.42 o’clock, which is the exact minute of me starting this journal.

So, I’m Lucy Jessica Hartley, and this is my journal about me. I’m going to tell you all about my life and the stuff that happens in it (and the stuff that DOESN’T, most likely!). I’m even going to tell you secret things that only Jules knows, or sometimes even that no one except me knows.

Okay, so…

My Life

Worst Thing: When Mum and Dad separated in September and Dad went to live with Uncle Ken and Mum cried for a month. That was also the month when we ate mainly lasagne because Mum was too upset to cook and that’s the only thing I know how to make.

Best Thing: When Delia (my nan, but she doesn’t like me and Alex to call her Nan ’cos she says it makes her feel old) gave me my own sewing machine for my last birthday, when I turned 12 (only 9 months and 11 days of NOT being a teenager. Jules is already 13 – soooooo unfair!).

Secret Wish: To be a proper, real fashion designer. Shhh!

Secret Worry: That I am a freak of nature and I will not get my Q until I’m like 24 or something. Double shhh! (Q means period. Me and Jules were going to say P but we have changed the letter to Q so it’s more secret, and we can talk about it even when boys are there.)

Mi Familia: You know how some people go on about their parents being embarrassing? Well, my mum’s totally not, most of the time, although she worries that she is. But my dad, who thinks he’s really cool, is beyond embarrassing and out the other side. Mum says he’s going through a midlife crisis. I don’t entirely get what that is, but it basically means that he wants to be a rock star instead of the manager of our local Sainsbury’s. Alex is my little brother…nuff said.

Bra Size: Not even telling YOU that, but put it this way, when I went to get my first bra a couple of weeks ago, and I was trying them on in the shop, my mum yelled out of the changing room, “Excuse me, have you got anything smaller?”

(Okay, so sometimes she is a bit embarrassing!)

My BFF: (Best Friend Forever, not Boring Fogie Friend) is – take a deep breath – Julietta Garcia Perez Benedicionatorio. Or Jules, to most people. Jules’s mum calls her Julietta, but she says it like Who-lyetta. I like to listen for it when they are having their loud arguments in really fast Spanish, which they do quite a lot, even when you’re standing right there in between them drinking a lemon Fanta.

Jules’s mum is called Isabella and her dad is called Gabriel, like the angel. I can’t imagine my dad being called after an angel.

Jules has also got a dog called Hombrito and a little brother and sister who are twins and are called Benito and Benita, plus (drum roll, please) a très lush elder brother called Juan-José (JJ for short). JJ is 14 and he is a total heart-throb. Sadly he has a v. babelicious girlfriend called Suzanna who…well, put it this way, her mum would never have to yell, “Excuse me, have you got anything smaller?” about bras out of changing rooms. And also she most likely got her Q at 10 or 9 or something.

BUT JJ did write me a note yesterday, which I kept. For a bit I thought it might be a secret love message, because my horoscope said to “look beyond the obvious”. But then, today at school when I kept trying to wink at JJ in the corridor he just asked me if I had something in my eye, so maybe it’s not (boo!).

I also fished JJ’s old bus pass out of the Garcia Perez Benedicionatorios’ kitchen bin. But I wouldn’t have bothered if it’d been under something gross like spaghetti-Os, so I know I’m not obsessed or anything.

Yeah, so a bonus of being Jules’s BFF is that sometimes I get to see JJ coming out of the shower wearing only a really weeny little towel (or maybe it’s a large flannel).

I try to act like I don’t notice JJ, ’cos of Suzanna with the big you-know-whats, but it’s a bit hard when every time I see him I go burning red and have to cough and pretend I’m choking on a bit of sandwich. I don’t think Jules believes me, especially in the middle of the corridor when I have no sandwiches on me. Maybe I should make extra sandwiches and have them ready to quickly eat and pretend to choke on when I see JJ coming. But then he might think I’m always scoffing my face, or what if seeing him makes me go so wibbly I shove in the sandwich but then start choking for real and then what if I just, like, drop dead right there in the corridor? That would be totally embarrassing. My one really big problem is that JJ usually sees me in my school uniform. And, I mean, I’ve done the best I can, but it’s this really dodgy bottle-green gear that makes you look like a boy scout. I said so to Mrs. Phillips our form teacher and she said, “Well, if you don’t like the green, you can always choose the rust-coloured pullover instead.” So I was like, “Ooooh, thanks a lot.” I mean, the colour is actually called RUST. That’s like wearing a colour actually called MOULD or VOMIT or something. I know they want to make us wear this yukorama kit so we don’t get distracted from our work in lessons by fancying each other – but really, who are they kidding? All the boys in my class are totally from the Kingdom of Nerdonia. Okay, maybe not Jamie Cousins, or Bill Cripps, and actually even Ben Jones is okay but mostly they are just immature idiots.

As the fashion guru of the school, here are…

My 5 Top Tips For Making Your Gross Uniform Bearable

1. Roll up the waistband of your skirt (yeah, I know everyone knows that one, but still…).

2. Wear a colourful scarf and “forget” to take it off in lessons.

3. Wear loads of colourful friendship bracelets, but roll down your sleeves when you see Mr. Cain on the warpath. (Every school has a Mr. Cain, even if he is not specifically called Mr. Cain. The Mr. Cain is the one teacher who, instead of spending breaktime drinking coffee and photocopying things, thinks it is their job to be the School Uniform Police. The Mr. Cain stands in the walkway between the main school and the mobile food-science block and points at you as you squeeze by, going, “Shirt” (meaning tuck it in), “Tie” (meaning pull it out), “Make-up” (meaning take it off), “Blazer” (meaning put it on) and even, “‘School Sucks’ badges are not part of the school uniform and I think you know that, Danny Jacobs. See me for detention after school” (meaning “School Sucks” badges are not part of the school uniform and I think you know that, Danny Jacobs. My store cupboard needs cleaning out and I can’t be bothered to do it myself). If he could, Mr. Cain would have us all wearing long socks and straw boaters and probably saying “golly-gosh” and “boaty-o” while wearing absolutely no make-up whatsoever. )

4. Wear purple nail polish on Mondays and claim you forgot to take it off after the weekend (don’t forget to chip it a bit for extra believable-ness).

5. Set new trends with your tie and see how long it takes everyone else to catch on. But don’t try setting the trend of having a kipper, because no one will catch on. Only Year 7s on their first day have those, and people whose mums still dress them in the morning (i.e. Simon Driscott).

5. Wear really bright patterny socks. If Mr. Cain complains, you can always offer to take them off – but make sure you mention your raging verrucas and athlete’s foot first.

Wow! That was 6 tips in actual fact.

Actually my mum’s a bit funny about make-up as well. She says I should enjoy the fresh, natural look now while I am a jeune fille and that there’ll be plenty of time for loading on the slap like Barbara Cartland (er, who?) when I get older. Sometimes she gets annoyed at me when I get home, because maybe a bit of blue eyeliner or glitter nail polish has accidentally got on me at lunchtime in the loos, when some of the Year 8 girls are doing swaps and that (well, you’ve got to try the stuff out first before you trade, haven’t you?).

Mum lets me dress up for discos and parties, though, luckily, because I can’t be a proper fashion designer when I grow up and not be into make-up, can I? That’s half the thing, especially when it comes to the runway shows (runway is American for catwalk, BTW) (BTW is English for By The Way, BTW). So, experimenting with different looks is important educationally for me. Mrs. Stepton says it is “Vacuous Activity” when she’s shooing us out of the loos into the playground for some “Fresh Air And Exercise” and, strangely enough, when I try to explain that actually for me, experimenting with make-up is like career development, she doesn’t really get what I’m on about.

Anyway, I’ve got to go and see Dad now. I’m not all that bothered about going, to be honest, but I have to take Alex, plus I’ve seen this gorge. purple cotton in the fabric shop (I’m working on a design for a skirt to wear to the school disco on Saturday night) and it’s pretty pricey.

Dad’s been good for a bit of cash since he CRUELLY ABANDONED us (Mum calls it guilt money) so if I can get 20 quid out of him I’ll probably have enough with my savings too.


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Hi, I'm Lucy Jessica Hartley and this is my journal about me. I'm going to tell you all about my life and the stuff that happens in it. I'm even going to tell you secret things that only my best friend Jules knows, or sometimes even that no one except me knows. The hilarious confessions of almost-teenager Lucy Jessica Hartley as she tries out her makeover magic on the shy new girl at school.

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Book information

Key Stage
Lexile Measure
Accelerated Reader level
5.4 MY
ISBN: 9780746066898
Extent: 144 pages
Dimensions: 198 x 130mm

Author information

Kelly McKain

Kelly McKain worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency and as a primary school teacher before becoming a full time writer. She is now the author of over thirty books for children and teens, including several bestsellers.

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“Totally Lucy”
I want to say that this journal of Lucy Jessica Hartley is just.....FAB !!!!!!!!!!!!!
“Totally Lucy”
Lucy is super cool! I feel like she is talking to me! I really wish she was real!!!!!! Laura 10
“Super cool”
I love it I read the whole collection in a week its so thrilling I adore it I was 13 when I read it now I'm 14 and I understand it more now. I recommend it to every one whose between 12 and 14. Good work Kelly too bad its the last totally Lucy your writing(sniff) meaning Best friends forever.
Loved it and I've read it a billion times!!! Kelly you're the best writer EEEVVVAAAA you should get a medal! Thank you for writing them and I hope to read more of your books!! luv Salsal
“Makeover Magic”
Superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I felt as if Lucy was talking out loud to me! Kelly, YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This book was absolutely FAB and I could not put it down! It has actually inspired me to keep a journal and I am also very interested in fashion designing so it was a very good book for me to read! If you haven't read this book then you should... it will make you laugh, blush and cry all at once! Kelly McKain is such a fantastic writer that she should get a medal! So, to sum it all up, MEGA MEGA MEGA MEGA BRILL!
“Totally Lucy, Makeover Magic”
This book is really...hmm... What should I say?? I know 3 letters F-A-B!!! I love reading this book!! Kelly McKain knows how to speak girl talk. When I was reading this book I thought that Kelly McKain was a teenager!! She is the best writer who knows how to speak Girl Talk!! I would Love to meet her!! Anyways Makeover Magic is totally awesome.. And Lucy is truly a stand up babe... by *Totally Atieqah* Aged 11 going to 12 this year
“Makeover Magic”
This book was totally interesting!!I couldn't keep my nose out of it and I'm hoping to read the next series......and the next......and the next...............well, I'll probably read them all!!
“Totally Lucy Series By Kelly McKain”
I really enjoy reading books from the series of Totally Lucy. I pick up the book at my school library and then it is impossible for me to put the book down!! I really enjoy the series and wish to have the collection. I would definitely recommend these books to children of all ages because of all the fun things that happen in the books.
“Makeover Magic”
This is a fun and bubbly book. Once you pick up a Kelly McKain book you can't put it down and you read them over and over again and you never get bored of them. millie aged 10 xxx
“Makover Magic”
A wonderful, catching read, keeps you laughing and hooked. Once I pick up a Totally Lucy book I can't put it down, I always read to the end!
“Totally Lucy - Book 1”
This was the first book by Kelly Mckain that I ever read. At first I got it out of the library for a laugh, however it was unexpectedly a great read! After I had read it I wanted to read all of the other books! Lucy is bright bubbly and funny, I wish she was real and I could meet her! I like the fact that it is her journal you are reading because you get to find out more about her and her thoughts! I really love all the drawings of dresses and other clothes all the way through the book! It was a quirky and funny read which kept me very amused and entertained!
“Totally Lucy”
I thought the book was so funny, Lucy felt like a real person! Ellie, age 10

Press reviews

“Makeover Magic is the first book in the fun and funky new series of Totally Lucy. Written as a diary, it is full of secrets, note and mementos. Young girls everywhere will identify with parent troubles, best friend dilemmas and secret crushes.”
“...a cool, quirky read.”
“Girls will go totally wild for Totally Lucy!”
“The hilarious confessions of very-nearly-teenager Lucy, wannabe fashion designer and stand-up babe! 9+ girls will love it. Readers will find out all about Lucy Jessica Hartley's exciting life and the stuff that happens in it. She'll even tell you secret things that only her best friend Jules knows, and sometimes things that not even she knows! In Makeover Magic, the first of 10 titles in the series, Lucy tries out her makeover magic on the shy new girl at school.”

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