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25 February 2011

Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom

or, just adopt me (come on George, I know you would love a 28 year old daughter)....but seriously, how can you not want to pick up a book with a title like that?  It just begs to be read.

Here is the synopsis off 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.

And with a synopsis like that, I was picturing "laugh out loud" hijinx (ok, there were some really cute parts about Violet only answering her father with phrases from a Magic 8 Ball, or when she crashed into George Clooney's car), but overall, there wasn't much. 

I found the book to be pretty predictable and I felt like I had read it before.  Who hasn't imagined what it would be like if one of their parents were famous, felt like a younger or half-sibling was loved more, or felt like they just weren't good enough?  Other deja-vu scenes included Violet and Phoebe stalking her mother's boyfriend, Violet's second trip to LA, and just how her mother handled her relationship with Dudley.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 on goodreads, but only because goodreads doesn't do half stars.  In reality, I'd give it a 3.5 because while it wasn't horrible (I can see children going through a divorce really liking this book), it was just too predictable for my tastes. 

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