Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Review: OMG! Is This Actually My Life? by Rae Earl

Publisher: Walker Books
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: February 7th, 2013
Rating: 7.5/10

Amazon summary:

Fourteen-year-old Hattie Moore doesn't actually know who her dad is – but that's the least of her problems. How can she become a TOTAL HOTNESS GODDESS when Miss Gorgeous Knickers at school hates her and NO ONE FANCIES HER. And her family are an actual nightmare. Her unbelievably annoying brother is EVIL and on top of that, her gran is a TOTAL mental, who may be texting rude jokes to just about EVERYONE in the world. Including dentists. Hattie's diary of this tumultuous year is an absolutely hilarious account of the ups and downs of teenage life, including a dating bogey phobia, near death from biscotti and a home-made breast-growing machine.


If you've ever seen My Mad Fat Diary, you'll know all about Rae Earl and her embarrassing teen years. But did you also know she's written a series of books for teenagers? No? Well, carry on reading! OMG! Is This Actually My Life? is the first book following a year in the life of teen Hattie Moore, followed by the second book, titled OMG! I'm in Love With a Geek!, which was published last month. These books are right up my street and if you like diary-style stories, you'll want to give them a go!

Hattie Moore is not your average teenager. She's quite mad, very funny and has a bonkers family from hell. This book chronicles a whole year of embarrassing moments, boy troubles and friendship woes, as well as her search for her real dad. Obviously nothing goes smoothly, and Hattie soon realises that being a teenager is not all its cracked up to be.

Hattie is an ace character, completely mad and so fun. She has a great group of friends mainly consisting of Dimple and Weirdo Jen, and a gran that could rival the Mad Hatter in the crazy stakes. She muddles through school and boy problems - life's great mysteries I'm sure we all remember very well ourselves - and basically has a fantastic time whilst doing it. Nothing is too out of the ordinary for Hattie, not even if it involves her gran accidentally taking drugs and behaving like a rowdy student. It's all just another day for Hattie Moore!

Anyone who knows me and my reading habits will know that I'm a huge fan of books like this. I've always loved the diary format and I'm a sucker for a book that will make me laugh. If you've ever read Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging or Have a Little Faith then OMG! Is This Actually My Life? is the next book for you. It'll make you laugh like a loon (you get me, Georgia fans?) and dive straight into the next book to see what poor Hattie will have to endure next. Also, here's a tip straight from Hattie herself: avoid foreign boys on holiday. It never ends well.

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