My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary (Rae Earl #1)
Earl's style is enjoyable and I found myself amused oft...more
In saying that, it was a particularly interesting read. Especially from the POV of someone so constantly bullied & harassed that she expected it, and made comments like "only one person ha...more
"Mr Rugger-Bugger Star Rugby Player. Mr Sit There With One Eyebrow Raised Looking Mean and Moody. Mr Loves Himself. Mr Don’t Say a Lot Because I Am Gorgeous and I Don't Have To. Mr Everyone Fancies Me and I Know It. Mr Ignorant Public Schoolboy Tosser."
I just had to quote that, I don't know it's such a funny description, and the person who it describes makes me smile uncontrollably.
WOW, I'm so glad I gave this book a chance. It exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I started MFMTD, like th...more
Channel 4 has recently made a series based on this book – or shall I say, diary. It’s funny and brilliant and while the acting is not the best as Sherlock or Doctor Who, it’s real and raw. I watched the show and fell in love with it, and knew I had to read the diary it’s based off of.
First, I just have to say – take this at face value. There’s no huge plot line, and it’s not written as a story like Perks of being a Wallflower. It’s real. It’s an actual diary, so...more
A light read it certainly was, but I felt that the book was plotless and repetitive. I do realise that it's Rae's actual diary, and I admire her for having the courage to put it out there!
It started off well, but then it just went slowly downhill. The same things seemed t...more
First of all, I would say that I enjoyed the writing of the book (composed in journal entries). It was a very relevant and realistic teenage voice, that was relate able and sometimes hilarious. Unfortunately, this...more
Really glad I decided to read it.
Review to come!
But despite this, I fell in love with this teenage Rea Earl and honestly felt like when read through the various ent...more
Rae Earl is hilarious. I laughed out loud so many times (just follow her on Twitter too: @RaeEarl. She is stellar). Rae is seventeen, fat, recovering from a nervous breakdown, and aching to get laid. The lads can't see past the fat ... so she keeps eating.
That's it, in a nutshell. And it's wonderf...more
Rae is a typical teenager: believing she's an...more
The important thing to note is that the book is merely inspiration for the TV show. They are very different from each other, differing in time period, in characters and in the details of Rae Earl's actual illness. (She spent a weekend in a Mental Health Ward, rather than the months presented in the TV show).
However, I still enjoyed the book. I think it's great to explore what it's li...more
This is Rae Earl at 17 in a nutshell.
Really good book. However, you should take it for what it is, a diary. If you have watched the tv show you might be disappointed because, obviously, there are less characters and almost everything revolves around "the gang" (big events included) in a really short span of time whereas the book is a year long and compa...more
I had low expectations going in, having heard this is very different to the TV version, and it is, but it is also hilarious and deeply resonated with the part of me that is still and overweight teenager, despite now...more
Before you read this book you absolutely have to take into consideration that this book it's almost in his entirety different from the TV series. So try to read it with an open mind.
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No, the bits where she harped on about being in love and wanting love I didn't find repetitive - there was enough variety and humour and, thats what most of us are like at that age!
And is it me, or did we ALL have a friend like Bethany? im e...more
*** Trigger-warning: self-harming, eating disorders, mental health issues. Please take caution whilst reading the book, and this review.
(Blurb from the back cover) "It's 1989, and Rae is a fat, boy-mad 17-year-old girl, living in Stamford, Lincolnshire with her mum and their deaf white cat in a council house with a mint off-green bath suite and a larder Rae can't keep away from. This is the hilarious and touching real-life diary she kept during that fateful year."
Let me first start off...more
It was...alright. She didn't really cover the mental health issues in much detail, it was just a passing mention. She did cover the 'fat' part of the diary quite a lot and it was interesting for a while but it got very repetitive and th...more
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Letting down her hair
But at the bottom of my tower
There's nobody stood there.
No prince to carry me off to the sunset...
The reason why of course,
I don't look like his princess,
I look like his horse.”