Monday, 27 October 2014
Review: The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird by Arabella Weir
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: October 2nd, 2014
When 13-year-old Tab Baird starts at a new school, she's determined to be the coolest, most popular girl there - whatever it takes. She adjusts her school skirt so it's just the right length. She has enough attitude to make it into the in-crowd. She even gets the attention of the hottest guys. But it's not easy being uber-cool. No one must find out that her mum, brother and her have moved into her gran's house, so she tries to persuade Gran to pose as a house-keeper. And if anyone discovers her mum's blog - about her teenage daughter - it'll be the ultimate in social death.
The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird is a good book for teenagers, and I enjoyed most of it. It's quite funny, a bit quirky and the series has the potential to be the modern must-read series for teens. I didn't like Tabitha as much as I'd hoped; in fact I thought she was a bit of an idiot - but then what thirteen-year-old isn't?!
Tabitha's family has been separated and her alcoholic father has left her, her ten-year-year old brother and her mother to relocate and move in with her grandma and her mad dog. Tabitha has to start a new school, make new friends and carve out a whole new reputation for herself, and she goes about it all the wrong way. She's annoying, disruptive, rude, and far too self-involved for my liking. She's exactly the kind of person I despised in high school!
In addition to causing havoc at school, Tabitha also isn't very nice to her mum. I can understand why - the whole family has been uprooted and it must be a difficult thing to go through - but the way she treats her mum, particularly in the latter half of the book, really got on my nerves. I know all teenagers act out, though, and push boundaries with their authority figures, so I'll give Tabitha the benefit of the doubt. I mush preferred her little brother, even if he is a bit nerdy!
The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird is an okay read, and I'm intrigued enough to give the second book a whirl when it's published. Arabella Weir has an authentic voice when it comes to writing for teens, though please no more 'mankenstein' - does anyone actually say that?! I think the next book could be much better than this one, especially because Tabitha has made friends, started to respect her mum and may have finally realised that her behaviour in school is not the right way to go. I guess we'll see what happens in her next slice of angsty life!