Ciara Smyth studied drama, teaching and then social work at university. She thought she didn't know what she wanted to be when she grew up. She became a writer so she wouldn't have to grow up. She enjoys jigging (verb: to complete a jigsaw), playing the violin badly, and having serious conversations with her pets. Ciara has lived in Belfast for over ten years and still doesn't really know her way around.
I howled with laughter. Derry Girls but better, with such a massive heart -- Joanna Nadin [B]rilliantly channels the acerbic putdowns and frank humour of TV's Derry Girls and Sex Education... Smart, well observed and highly entertaining -- Fiona Noble * Observer * Romantic, hilarious and full of crazy capers, Smyth's second novel also quietly conveys the grinding anxiety of growing up poor without parental support * Guardian * [A] charming novel for young lesbians * The Bookseller * Witty and engaging. This engaging novel will hook readers immediately. -- starred review * School Library Journal *