Publication Date: February 2013
Age Group: 12 +
Summary taken from Amazon
“Fourteen-year-old Hattie Moore doesn’t actually know who her dad is – but that’s the least of her problems. How can she become a TOTAL HOTNESS GODDESS when Miss Gorgeous Knickers at school hates her and NO ONE FANCIES HER. And her family are an actual nightmare. Her unbelievably annoying brother is EVIL and on top of that, her gran is a TOTAL mental, who may be texting rude jokes to just about EVERYONE in the world. Including dentists. Hattie’s diary of this tumultuous year is an absolutely hilarious account of the ups and downs of teenage life, including a dating bogey phobia, near death from biscotti and a home-made breast-growing machine.”
Rae Earl has managed to create a world where Harry Potter, best friends, lost dads and boys named Goose prevail. This is a funny, warm book and it even made me LOL, I’m sure the main character would be pound of me, considering all the times she LOL’s.
The book is in diary format yet we still get deep and fleshed out supporting characters. Weirdo Jen is a EMO Buddhist and one of Hattie Moore’s best friends. She offers counsel and wise support to Hattie. Yes, Hattie does have to google most of the advice, but still, she has a BFF. Dimples is her other BFF, she is Indian and gorgeous. And Hattie isn’t that upset about her friends beauty, really, she’s not.
It’s just a shame that her life has the drama and unwanted attention from the most popular girl in school. We get to know her as MGK and she is a royal pain.
The main conflict in this book is Hattie’s search for her real dad. Her gran and Goose and her BFFare there to have fun and offer advice on her search. Despite this being a serious topic we always stay on the fun side.
I loved the ending, it was set up perfectly for the next book, which I cannot wait to read.