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Friday, December 10, 2010

A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French: Book Review

A Tiny Bit Marvellous
by Dawn French
Penguin Books
ISBN: 978-07-18156-0-46

Description: This first novel by Dawn French is told through the eyes of a mother and her two teenage children. There's seventeen-year-old Dora, a stroppy teenager who's just come out of her first relationship (it lasted a whole six weeks) and who's longing to escape to university; her long-suffering mother, Mo, a child psychiatrist who's baffled by the antagonist behaviour of her children; and sixteen-year-old Peter, who prefers to be known as Oscar due to his obsession with Oscar Wilde. Written in diary format, with each chapter narrated by a different voice, this is a hilarious, sharp and utterly compelling novel about the ups and down of family, sibling rivalry and growing up. With each chapter told from the point of view of one character, Dawn French's witty and engaging novel offers us an honest and insightful account into the relationships between children and parents


The Good Stuff
  • Bloody hilarious and witty at times.  You gotta love the English, they have such a way with words
  • Oscar and Pam were my favorite characters. Would have liked to have some of book written from Pam's voice
  • Some lovely wise and very real moments about living with ones family
  • The sheer audacity of Mo's inner dialogue is wonderful
  • Made me LMAO on many occasions -- note to self mus learn to stop snorting out loud in public places -- people tend to stare
  • The scene between Dora and her grandma Pam about sex is delightful.  My god I wish Pam was my grandma
  • The opening chapter is extremely funny
  • You will fall in love with Oscar. His way of speaking comes straight out of an Oscar Wilde story
  • A lot more dysfunctional than most families, but there is still the echo of truth about family life and the misunderstanding and judgement between different generations
The Not so Good Stuff

  • Very slow in the middle, might have deleted 50 pages or so
  • Dora is an annoying selfish little git and I disliked the chapters written by her. I honestly wanted to slap her upside the head on many occasions
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"What would be a good title for a self-help book for parents of teenagers? Two possible ideas at the moment under consideration: 1. Whatever and 2. Teenagers: The Manual. Hmm. Think the exclamation mark on the 1st suggestion might preclude it from being a serious contender."

"Her name is Pamela. I ask you, how was she ever supposed to make anyting of herself with that ghastly  moniker as her albatross?"
"Oddly, it is Veronica that I find most disappointing. George is just behaving like the reactive Pavlov’s dog with many cocks that he is. Has always been. It’s a given with him, mandatory, if there’s a pretty girl and she shows any interest at all in him, he is helpless. Ring the bell, the dog salivates. He’s not even choosy, really anyone will do, and they do do. Often"

What I Learned
  • tons of english slang
  • Damn, I am a really good mom
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Those who like English Humour
  • Not for the prudish - as the dialogue is quite salty at times
  • Fans of Dawn French
3.5 Dewey's

I won this from  LibraryThing

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