Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Fiction Tuesday - Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom
This novel was written by a Degrassi writer, Susin Nielsen, but don't go thinking it has anything to do with a Canadian teen show. By the looks of the cover, one might consider it juvenile, but you won't find it in the Children's area at the library. (It was moved to the YA section due to its mature themes at our library.)
Its about a twelve year old named Violet who just might be violent toward her Dad. She lives in Vancouver with her Mom and little sister Rosie while her Dad has moved on since the divorce with his actress blond/fake boob wife Jennica.
Violet has serious Daddy issues. It doesn't help much that her Mom will date about anyone after the divorce, parading around in anything that isn't Mommie clothes. So Violet and her friend Phoebe (who so happens to be raised by psychologists who won't let their daughter call them Mom or Dad) look out for her Mom through spying. Violet does her best to take care of her and her sister. She's been dubbed by the mean girls at school as "Pancake" which Phoebe feels is a much better name than her own nickname "Piggy".
If that's not enough, there is a boy at school that Violet is doing her best not to like, but some how, he always enjoys their adventures together..Jean-Paul from Alaska...especially, when they want to find the bad on her Mom's new boyfriend, Dudley Weiner who is perhaps the Paul Giamatti type who runs a bathroom store.
All the while, Violet knows he's not good enough for her mom who teaches at a hair salon. So she decides to write George Clooney. See, her mom cut Cloony's hair once when she worked on film sets, and he gave her an autograph photo.
The story is fun yet seriously heart felt as Violet goes on this search to find her next Dad since the real one has abandoned her and her sister for a new and improved family in L.A. It truly deals with some mature themes that many can relate to.
I enjoyed the author's voice. Her story made me laugh and cry.