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It's funny how fifteen minutes can change your life. Sometimes people ask me: would you do it again, knowing what happened? I've thought about it a lot and I suppose the answer is yes, despite everything. Fifteen minutes can be golden. They're all you need to make something beautiful, or save someone from disaster. They can also be black. Either way, fifteen minutes is all it takes to find out who you really are. We were in Rose's bedroom, at the end of the summer holiday. I was sitting on her window seat, watching a combine harvester in the fields outside and idly scrolling through celebrity news websites on the phone my dad had just given me. School was about to start: GCSE year, where everything really matters and teachers keep asking you what you want to do with your life.

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What happens if you betray your best friend on TV in front of millions?

The whole world lines up to judge you.

It was all so good. Sasha and Rose. Best friends in a band, singing together. Right up to the finals of Killer Act, when the judges tell them one of them must go.

Suddenly their friendship is put to the ultimate test.

On TV in front of millions …

Two girls. One huge mistake.

Can they ever forgive each other?

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“[Sophia] has great style and a lightness of touch”


“Her ear for the way teenagers speak is faultless. You Don’t Know Me is her best yet. She deserves to be as feted and well-known as Hilary McKay and Jacqueline Wilson...”


Author notes

'I'm now the proud owner of an iPhone. I use it all the time. But what if your precious phone tells you that the whole world hates you? I wanted to write a story about the best and worst of the internet, and about other things that matter more, and last longer – like writing songs, and friendship. And so Sasha Bayley and the Manic Pixie Dream Girls were born.'

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