Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Momby Susin Nielsen
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'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.
In Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, Susin Nielsen has created a truly original protagonist in Violet and a brilliant new novel that will delight readers into rooting for her, even when she's at her worst.
“Nielsen (Word Nerd) has created a narrator as sassy and candid as this memorable novel’s title…. Nielsen skillfully balances her story’s keen humor…with poignancy. Especially affecting are Violet’s struggles to accept her father’s new family….”
—Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
“Laugh-out-loud humor deftly mixes with insight into a troubled girl’s pain over her parents’ divorce…. Nielsen has real talent for comedy, zoning in on just the right level of snark…. This comic novel scores.”
“…Violet is a complex, appealing character whose intimate, lively first-person narrative, both droll and heartfelt, discusses classmate conflicts and crushes as well as her insecurities and her gradual acceptance of what she can and cannot control. Violet’s growth and authentic range of emotions … ring true in this very engaging read.”
Laugh-out-loud humor deftly mixes with insight into a troubled girl's pain over her parents' divorce, keeping readers involved on every page. Twelve-year old Violet develops some remarkably nasty antisocial coping strategies as she lashes out at those she blames for her family's breakup, sometimes scoring against innocent parties as well as more culpable ones. Nielsen has real talent for comedy, zoning in on just the right level of snark as she describes Violet's campaign to find a better man for her Mom than the losers she's been dating: George Clooney, of course. The situation is desperate. Mom is dating Dudley Wiener, who's as dorky as his name. Meanwhile, Violet navigates the dangerous world of middle-school relationships. The narrative's balance tips much more into comedy than drama, but it illuminates Violet's psychological difficulties among the laughs. Best friends, stuck-up enemies and a possible love interest for Violet spice up the story. A nifty almost-saw-it-coming ending puts everything right. This comic novel scores. (Fiction. YA)
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- 10 - 14 Years
Meet the Author
Gemini Award-winner SUSIN NIELSEN has written sixteen episodes of the hit television show Degrassi Junior High and four of the books in the Degrassi series. She is the co-creator and showrunner of the critically acclaimed television series Robson Arms. She also adapted Susan Juby's Alice, I Think into a TV series. Susin Nielsen lives in Vancouver with her husband, Goran, son, Oskar, and Sam the cat.
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I thought it would be a lighthearted read but it is dark and boring at many times
Made me smile from page one. A fast read full of comedy and pathos.
Twelve-year-old Violet is mad at the world, or at least at her mom for making poor choices (in Violet's mind) when it comes to boyfriends, at her dad for leaving the famiy to marry a blond bimbo, and at George Clooney for not writing back to her. Violet's mom met George years ago and Violet thinks a letter asking George for a date, on behalf of her mom, is a way to get rid of the most recent bad potential stepdad--Dudley Wiener. There are many laugh-out-loud moments but Violet did rub me the wrong way a few times. Does a tween really spend her life obsessing about the perfect stepfather? Would a tween really feed her half-sisters the disgusting item that Violet presented to the twins? Some children of divorce will identify with the anger and confusion of the protagonist. Teen girls will revel in the naughtiness.
This book is amazing, one of the best books I have ever read in my life..I am hoping/waiting for a second series for this book. I did not want to finish this book because it is so amazing, I never wanted it to end. Great job Susin Nielsen!(:
I am 12 and its the best book i got it yesterday in the stores and just finished it at 6am! its funny and since i'm a kid i know all kids will love this!
freind read it out loudin the library.... it was really good bu can get a little gross some times but its very funny.