Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Review: Weirdos vs Bumskulls by Natasha Desborough
Publisher: Catnip Books
Released: May 22nd, 2014
After performing the brilliant and unlikely feat of getting sexy rock god Josh Raven to perform at the school disco, Blossom Uxley-Michaels has decided that being a Weirdo is actually kind of awesome. Things get more exciting when Blossom's band, Camel Toe, enter the Battle of the Bands. But Camel Toe find they have competition from an unlikely source. Then Blossom meets Vince, sexy mancake and lead singer of rival band Bumskulls. And supposedly loved-up Petrina has been spotted dribbling at the bass player... Amidst a churning whirlpool of love, war and music, can the Weirdos keep their quest for musical domination on track or will it all go norks up?
Weirdos vs Bumskulls is Natasha Desborough's very funny follow up to 2013's Weirdos vs Quimboids, which introduced us to crazy lady Blossom Uxley-Michaels and her equally bonkers family of free-spirited individuals. This second instalment is more hilarious, more shocking and more near the knuckle than the last book, making it a laugh-a-minute read from start to finish.
All's well after the events of Weirdos vs Quimboids and Blossom is now sort of friends with Josh Raven. She's gone up the cool ranks ever so slightly and is embracing her inner weirdo, even when it means she has some seriously embarrassing moments (really, there are LOADS in this book). Blossom's band Camel Toe enter the local Battle of the Bands competition and soon there's more music, romance and hijinks than you can shake a guitar at.
I adore humorous YA books like this. They completely take me away from everything going on in my real life and let me be someone else for a while, in this case someone who is bonkers and fun. Blossom Uxley-Michaels is one of my new favourite book ladies and I fully appreciate her naughty sense of humour - I've said before that we'd definitely be friends, and I stand by that! Between her and Faith from Candy Harper's Have a Little Faith, UK authors are really owning funny literary heroines and I hope this is the start of more to come.
Weirdos vs Bumskulls is a cracking good read for anyone with a sense of humour, though it is a little bit on the fruity side (translation: best not to let your dear old parents read it before you, wink wink). I enjoyed every page of it and will await more from Blossom and Camel Toe with baited breath and lots of patience. Read this if you long for the days when new Georgia Nicolson books were published every year and you were still an annoying teenager - it's perfect for revisiting your youth!