So, its TWG’s turn to host ‘Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A #*!?’ today. Many thanks to Lucy and the HarperNonFic team for the blog tour invite and ARC. I am delighted to share my review this evening.
Mummy dreams of a quirky rural cottage with roses around the door and chatty chickens in the garden. Life, as ever, is not going quite as she planned. Paxo, Oxo and Bisto turn out to be highly rambunctious, rather than merely chatty, and the roses have jaggy thorns. Her precious moppets are now giant teenagers, and instead of wittering at her about who would win in a fight – a dragon badger or a ninja horse – they are Snapchatting the night away, stropping around the tiny cottage and communicating mainly in grunts – except when they are demanding Ellen provides taxi services in the small hours. And there is never, but never, any milk in the house. At least the one thing they can all agree on is that rescued Barry the Wolfdog may indeed be The Ugliest Dog in the World, but he is also the loveliest.
What does TWG think?
Parents of teenagers will be saluting Gill Sims after reading this. I, however, have decided to run away and hide until the teenage years are gone forever seeing as I have another 7 years until my daughter only reaches that stage!
I thought that I was a bloody awesome teenager, but maybe I was looking through rose tinted glasses and ended up being an absolute knob, I don’t know. I’m too afraid to ask my mum! I have no idea how Ellen didn’t run crying everytime Jane shouted that she hated her. I mean, I was even wounded and she wasn’t saying it to me!!
I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the sheer bonkerness of this book, both due to the apt humour and eye opening honesty. Take Hannah for example – if you ever want to teach your children how to practice safe sex (alongside the obvious btw), just get them to read the parts where Hannah talks about pregnancy….
Hell. I’ve had a baby and even I was put off! I jest. I would love another one…but maybe I’m only saying that because I haven’t endured the teenage years. Isn’t it as much of a ‘Teenage Dream’ as Katy Perry shrieks?
Judgy and Barry were bloody brilliant. Never have I ever read a book where the dogs end up being the top notch characters in the book above the actual people. I think a petition should be started for the dogs to have their own spin off! That is if Jane can let Barry out of her room!
I really enjoyed this breath of fresh air, highly relatable read. The humour was second to none and the honesty was both humourous and poignant. Gill Sims may have spent a lot of time creating characters which seemed to have shouting matches with their kids 24/7, but she still managed to keep her readers grounded with the thought provoking parts about living life with no regrets, allowing yourself to change through choice and not because someone else made you, and to take time out to just breathe and be.
At first I thought that this book was going to be a constant stream of family wranglings and diva-ish tantrums, however it turned out to be an enlightening, giggle fest of a book…..alongside those family wranglings ;).
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