Started – 6/5/12
Finished – 23/5/12
Format – Kindle e-book
Synopsis – Ellie Foster’s family holiday isn’t going well. Firstly, she’s not even with her family. Ok her mum’s there, but that’s it. Maybe the love child is related to her in some way but definitely not Trevor, her mums hippy boyfriend, or his other kids, maniac twins Sky and Blue. Secondly, she needs to find a boyfriend on this trip or risk being labelled a loser and having to spend the rest of her school life with yellow teethed Lucy Telling as her only friend. Worst of all, she’s got to record the whole disaster in a diary and submit it as coursework or risk failing her English GCSE! Before she knows it she s making a fool of herself in front of a Greek God, batting off an annoying nerd, hiding from her crazy Gran, getting Trevor arrested, and dealing with the return-of-the-father. It’s a wonder she has time to write down anything at all…
My Thoughts – I downloaded this book back in January as it was free for a day on the kindle. The idea of the book really appealed to me, as did the cover.
This book is written in diary form, which for me is a format that really appeals to me. Ellie Foster needs to keep a diary for her holidays otherwise she will fail her GCSE English Coursework, and this is how this book is introduced. Ellie and her extended family, her mum, step-dad, his twin children and her half sibling (or the love child) go on holiday to Greece. Ellie doesnt get on with her step-dad or step siblings deep down their is some resentment towards them for having to share her mum with them. She also isnt too much of a fan of ‘the love child’, i really wanted to know if the baby was a boy or a girl! Just something that bugged me through the book.
Ellie wants to go to Greece and find a Greek god and finally ‘do it!’ as she thinks she is the only person at school that has not yet ‘done it.’ Her best friend fills her head with all different stories and she feels a little under pressure to keep up with the crowd and fit in.
This book is a brilliant childrens/young adult book. I would say its more of a pre-teen book however, i am well out of being a pre-teen and i really enjoyed the book. It was very funny in places, and had me laughing out loud, but at the same time it had some serious messages behind it. Like, the greek man she finds is not all he seems, and she gets in quite a difficult spot with him. Luckily she gets out of it unscathed, but its a good book to point out to teenage girls that somethings are not all they seem.
What i liked most about this book is that it deals with issues that are current with teenage girls. For example, fitting in with there peers, and always wanting to be with the in crowd was good. Although it was a work of fiction, it could quite easily have happened to a number of teenage girls.
This is a very good book, very highly recommended and ive had a look on the authors website on Amazon and she is writing a sequel to this book, i can hardly wait!
Rating – 4.5/5