Friday, 23 January 2015
Review: The Chronicles of Narmo by Caitlin Moran
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: October 24th, 2013
Fifteen-year-old Morag Narmo really doesn't want to go to school any more. She and her siblings would rather feed their heads into the waste-disposal unit than "do the academical". So they are all stunned when their parents whisk them out of school and embark on a home-schooling experiment. But with five children, two unruly pets and some extremely eccentric attitudes, the educational experiment soon descends into chaos...
The Chronicles of Narmo was written by now-famous Caitlin Moran when she was only fifteen years old. It's funny and about as mad as a hatter's tea party which, from only reading her tweets, is what I've come to expect from this author.
All about Morag and the Narmo family, The Chronicles of Narmo is a look at teenagers and the stupid/clever/unbelievable things that befall them. Morag is a loon and, from reading Moran's own introduction at the beginning of the book, I can't help but think Morag is based on her. There's nothing wrong with that of course, and it lends a level of realism to the story. I'm sure some (if not most) of the family scenes did actually occur in real life!
I enjoyed this book and am more than a little intrigued as to what a full-length YA novel would be like written by Caitlin Moran at the age she is now. No doubt it would be hilariously funny and relatable, with a hint of Morag in there somewhere. I only wish this one had been longer, but at fifteen years old writing anything at all is rather miraculous. At fifteen I was spending my days watching Buffy (still am, actually) and reading other people's work (yep, sounds familiar), so hats off to Moran and her early author start.
Read The Chronicles of Narmo if you want something light and amusing, in a similar vein to Louise Rennison and Sue Limb. There's lots to like here (as well as lots of rambly italic bits that don't *quite* seem to fit in) and it's a good starting point for anyone interested in reading what Caitlin Moran has to say. Here's hoping for that YA book at some point in the future!