Notting Hill Carnival: A West Side Story (Quick Reads)

Notting Hill Carnival: A West Side Story (Quick Reads) by Candice Carty-Williams

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By Candice Carty-Williams

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Sapphire is the hot-headed leader of the Red Roses in an area where gang loyalty is all that matters. But after a tragic event, Sapphire vows to leave her old life, friends and her gang behind. Life without the Red Roses and the violence that always followed them is certainly quieter.

When she meets a boy called Apollo on her way to Notting Hill Carnival, she forms an instant bond with him. She thinks he could be the one. Until she discovers he’s a member of rival gang, the Gold Teeth. Will she ever escape her past with the Red Roses, and how many lives will be ruined until she does?

Funny, emotional and raw, with the Notting Hill Carnival acting as the backdrop of this retelling of West Side Story, by the Sunday Times bestselling author of Queenie .


19 Mar 2020


I really liked how the book focuses on gangs and how easy it can be to get caught up in a gang and feel peer pressure to act a certain way. Along with this it follows a love story between two of the characters that makes you really invested in the outcome of the story.

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