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A Tiny Bit Marvellous

A Tiny Bit Marvellous

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All in all the Battle family is one we have all heard of before, and for me there was little in originality in their characters and stories. She doesn't understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing.

Dad seems to be the only sane member of the family, and comes across as an all-round good guy looking out for his family. in the process of writing a survival manual for parents of teens as she remains completely clueless about and/or at loggerheads with her own. She's also self-obsessed and instead of attending Dora's eighteenth birthday party, she takes off to a hotel to meet her would-be lover - who fortuitously doesn't turn up. Ne samo da predmetna obitelj Battle nije savršena, prikazana je takvom da u njoj baš ništa ne štima.I didn't manage to read the whole thing, because I just couldn't cope with the exaggeration of teen Dora and the not-so-believeable Mo. Nothing much happens for the first two thirds of the book - mum goes through a mid life crisis, whilst her 18 year old daughter and 16 year old son try to share their growing up experiences with us. The story surrounds the Battle family, an average family living on the outskirts of Reading, a family full of the usual tensions, arguments and secrets.

The book is written entirely in first person, and each chapter is titled after the name and age of the person narrating. I ask you, how was she ever supposed to make anyting of herself with that ghastly moniker as her albatross?I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed reading his poetic descriptions of some of life's most mundane moments. However, the great laughs I was promised just didn’t materialise, as I only laughed out loud once – a huge disappointment. However, Mo is somewhat lost, unsure of who she is as she faces this milestone of a birthday and is about to do something particularly foolish that will surely mean consequences for all her family.

There were plenty of laugh out loud moments and I liked the way it was written in diary entry style with each chapter being from a differnent member of the family. Laughter, challenge, affirmation and clever use of language has to override at least some of the shortcomings previously referred to so yes . The story follows certain events in the lives of Mo, who is about to turn 50 and hovering on the edge of an extra-marital affair with a younger man.

I chose this book to take with me on holiday for the simple reasons that I wanted something light and humerous to read and that as a fan of Dawn French's comedic talent I was interested to see if this would extend to her writing. The ploy of keeping the 2 "heroes" - Nan; the quiet, constant, wisdom of experience and Dad; the voiceless, much-derided, barely present figure very much in the background definately worked for me and revealing the latters name only with the very last word of the book was tear-jerkingly poignant.

When I won this novel courtesy of Mel’s Random Reviews I was thrilled and took in away with me on my recent holiday looking for a laugh or two. She has recently split up with her long-standing boyfriend of six weeks, Sam, and is planning to become famous thanks to the upcoming X Factor auditions.Told in alternating diary entries, the novel features entries from Mo, the mother turning fifty years old; daughter Dora, turning eighteen; and Oscar, the sixteen year old son whose birth name is Peter but he much prefers Oscar as an homage to his hero Oscar Wilde. It could easily be condensed into half it's size by narrowing the margins and reducing the font size, (hello? In saying that I probably also could not have handled an entire book full of Oscar's satirical attitude.



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