Release Date: August 10, 2010
Publisher: Tundra Books
Review Source: Won copy from Goodreads
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Violet's TV-director dad has traded a job in Vancouver for one in Los Angeles, their run-down house for a sleek ranch-style home complete with a pool, and, worst of all, Violet's mother for a trophy wife, a blonde actress named Jennica. Violet's younger sister reacts by bed-wetting, and her mother ping-pongs from one loser to another, searching for love. As for Violet, she gets angry in ways that are by turns infuriating, shocking, and hilarious.
When her mother takes up with the unfortunately named Dudley Wiener, Violet and her friend Phoebe decide that they need to take control. If Violet's mom can't pick a decent man herself, they will help her snag George Clooney.
In Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, Susin Nielsen has created a truly original protagonist in Violet and a brilliant new novel that will delight readers into rooting for her, even when she's at her worst.
I'm so happy I won a copy of this from Goodreads because I normally wouldn't pick it up, simply because of the main character's young age. However, the concept of the book sounded cute and appealing, and after reading it, I can say that the book definitely ended up being these things. It's also set in Canada, which is awesome, although I haven't ever been to Vancouver, and I'm sure I would have enjoyed it even more if I was a West Coaster. I found some of Violet's behaviour a bit childish, but upon reflection, I think it was realistic, considering all the things she's been through with her family. I really related to the aspect of a family falling apart like that, and all the characters really rang true. Susin writes in a humourous and relatable tone, and I would definitely recommend this book to those who like realistic YA with younger teen characters. Also, the "pamplemousse" bit? Way too adorable. Read the book to see what I mean.
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