Saturday, 29 November 2014

Review: Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery

Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: February 2nd, 2012
Rating: 7.5/10

Amazon summary:

Mike Swarbrick's life couldn't get any worse. His pervy best friend gets him embroiled in a scandal involving the girls' changing rooms, his idiot of an older brother is snogging the girl of his dreams and he's just come home early from school to discover his parents are secret nudists . . . but they're ready to go public! 


Socks Are Not Enough is a seriously funny book with echoes of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. It made me chuckle out loud all the way through and teen readers are guaranteed laughs with this one - Mike is like the male Georgia Nicolson!

Mike's whole life changes into a horrible nightmare one fateful day when he walks in on his nude parents. Turns out they're naturists who want to be free, much to his horror. After an unfortunate incident with his mum and a bowl of Coco Pops, a brother who's out to humiliate him and a dad that parades round in only his socks, Mike's life starts to crumble around him. How on earth can he restore order to his family?

The bottom line is that this book is really funny. I imagine it's realistic too, which is unfortunate for any real people who have to see their parents wearing no clothes, and shows teenage life for the embarrassment it can be. Transcripts from counselling sessions show Mike's traumatic existence in a better light, and I did feel quite sorry for him. His only friend is a potential peeping tom and his brother has stolen the girl he admires - I'm surprised he's still sane at the end of it all!

Socks Are Not Enough is a great book if you just want something light and fun. It's a madcap look at one fourteen-year-old boy's bid to be normal, and Mark Lowery has a fantastic way with words. I even appreciated the footnotes; I usually avoid them at all costs, but in this book they worked. I can't wait to dive into the sequel and see what unfortunate incidents befall Mike next!