Monday, 20 July 2009

Lottie Biggs is (not) Mad by Hayley Long

From Amazon: My name is Lottie Biggs and in three weeks time, I will be fifteen years old. My current hair colour is Melody Deep Plum which is not as nice as Melody Forest Flame but definitely better than the dodgy custard color I tried last week... And this is my book - it's about important things like boys and shoes and polo-neck knickers and rescuing giraffes and not fancying Gareth Stingecombe (even though he has manly thighs) and hanging-out with your best friend having a blatantly funny time. It is definitely not about sitting in wardrobes or having a mental disturbance of any kind!

I expected Lottie Biggs to be light, funny and written in a similar style to Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series. What I didn't expect was for it to explore some serious topics that are often overlooked.

The humour and characters were my favourite aspects of the book, and I especially liked Lottie's best friend Goose. There was an eclectic mix of strange, quirky personalities, and each one brought something important to Lottie's story. Lottie herself was a typical teenager: mad about boys, looks and social status. I liked the realism that Hayley Long included, and think that, for the most part, she got the teen voice just right.

I liked the use of drawings, diagrams and footnotes, as they made Lottie easier to identify with. It was also a great way to get to know her, and to find out how her mind worked. Some of the drawings were hilarious, and had me in stitches. I hope this style of writing makes a reappearance in the sequel next year! My problem with Lottie Biggs was the sudden and unexpected change in tone. One minute it was a lighthearted, comical look at a girl's life, and the next it was delving into the topic of mental health. I personally wasn't fond of the sudden plot change, though I do see the reasoning behind it, and think it was a brave move to make.

Overall, I enjoyed Lottie Biggs, and I will definitely be reading the sequel. If you like your teen comedy with a more serious side, then this would be the ideal book to read!

8 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! We pretty much had the same opinions about this book!

Zombie Girrrl said...

Hmmm, footnotes AND heavy topics? I'm in!

Chicklish said...

It sounds great! Thanks for the review.

Amy said...

This sounds really good. Great review!

Andrea said...

I'm going to have to put this on my TBR list. It does sound more Georgia Nicholson from the description but I find it interesting that it takes a more serious turn.

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Lolita said...

Sounds awesome. Great review. Will definitely check it out!

Kate said...

Superb review! This sounds like a really fun read!