Title: Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Family + Relationships
Author: Susin Nielsen
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publishing Date: 2010
Age Group: 9-13
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.
My Overall Review:
12 year old Violet is upset at her divorced father, and dislikes his new wife, Jennica. She’s not very happy with her step-toddler sisters, and yearns for her mother to give up on the boys.
Violet is a funny girl, with her way of words and smart alec take on the world. I love how she matured through the book and how she made better relationships with everyone around her.
Violet’s mom (Ingrid), is no way near perfect, but I much prefer her than Violet’s dad. Ingrid did lots of things that I would never agree with, but in the end I felt like she cared about the kids way more than Violet’s dad. Later in the story, when some vulgar pictures of her were displayed on Facebook, my heart broke. I felt like Violet when my face started leaking because of Thing One and Thing Two.
Nielsen is a talented author, and just by reading the opening title, I was hooked!
“FOR THE RECORD: I did not mean to send my two half sisters to the emergency room.”
Much of the plots revolves around Violet. She goes great lengths to “protect” her mother from her line of loser boyfriends.
Now this book isn’t really about the crazed star, George Clooney. This book is about a family that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. It’s equally hilarious as heartbreaking. It was a fun light read, and I reccomend it to anyone looking for a laugh!