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Violet's TV-director dad has traded a job in Vancouver for one in Los Angeles, their run-down house for a sleek ranch-style home complete with a pool, and, worst of all, Violet's mother for a trophy wife, a blonde actress named Jennica. Violet's younger sister reacts by bed-wetting, and her mother ping-pongs from one loser to another, searching for love. As for Violet, she ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Tundra Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Nicole (livinglifewithbooks)
What I thought of this book overall (read only this section if you do not want to be spoiled) : I really enjoyed reading this book. I found it very relatable to me. This book is about a girl named Violet who's parents are divorced and she has a baby sister named Rosie who Violet takes care of. Violet struggle's with her mom's countless boyfriends and wishes that her mom would marry George Clooney.

Violet was basically me in my childhood, which what I found so relatable in this book.

The things th
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Amber
I loved this book it had me laughing, it had me crying, it had me questioning. This book would be one of my all time favs
Mevurah
Have you ever started reading a book and you instantly know that you're going to love it? That is exactly what happened to me when I started to read this book. Also, don't you just hate it when you discover such an awesome book, that you can't get your thoughts straight? I have so much to say about this book, that I hope to explain in this review. Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom has become one of my favorite reads of this year! And we're still in January! It has also become one of my fa ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I am fond of the publisher, the cover caught my attention and the summary sounded original. It didn't hurt that the word "George Clooney" was in the title either!

What an amazing little gem of a book! I absolutely giggled with delight as I read about Violet's dilemma and what lengths she goes to. Converse-wearing 12 yo Violet's parents have been divorced for two years. Her TV producer father left them for a trophy wife, who was expecting twins and off they moved to LA. Violet'
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Midnight Bloom
Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom is not the type of the YA novel I usually get the chance to read because protagonists as young as Violet don't always appeal to me... but I'm so so glad I did read this one! Right from the get-go, as soon as I read the title in fact, I knew I was going to like this novel. I mean, doesn't its name already put a smile on your face? It certainly did for me... and that smile grew on my face as soon as I read the very first line.

"For the record: I did not mean
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Robert Kent
To really show you just how wonderful this book is, I would pretty much have to reproduce its entire 229 pages here, which would probably get me sued. So I won’t do that. But I am going to share some of my favorite passages with you. Truth be told, I highlighted almost the entire book, so even picking out favorite passages of my many, many favorite passages has been a chore. I’m going to limit myself, therefore, to passages from the first half of the novel so I don’t spoil too much for you. Beca ...more
Muhammad Bm
Dear George Clooney Please Marry my Mom
By Susin Neilsen

Dear George Clooney is about a girl Named Violet Gustafson who lives with her mom Inrid Gustafson and little sister Rosey. Ingrid and her husband had a devorce so ingrid is constanly looking for a date.Violets dad lives in Vancover he is remarried to an actress named Jennica and they have 2 twin girls. On the other hand Violet is frusturated by her mom going on dates and she thinks all of them are losers.So Violet and her best friend Pheob
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Sandra Stiles
I really enjoyed reading this book. As a teacher I run across so many kids whose parents have split up and they all handle it differently.
Violet and Rosie are the victims in this story. Their father is a film director and their mother was a former hairstylist to the stars. When dad decides to ditch mom for a new blonde bombshell he is also ditching his kids. Five year old Rosie handles this by beginning to wet the bed at night and Violet just gets angry. To make matters worse, when they visit a
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Gwadh
One of my favorite books, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry my Mom is such a good book. You follow Violet (I don't remeber how to spell her last name) as she has life as an older sibling with a single mom. Violet loves her mother and her sister, and after what happened with her mother, she wants them to be safe and happy. Susin Nielsen did a great job telling us about Violet's history with, well, pretty much everything. It didn't get boring when she told us these memories, nor were they pointles ...more
Karen Chung
This book was a pleasant surprise! It had everything that a book should have: a real concept (divorce of the parents), humour, wit and truth. I especially loved the ending (don't worry, I won't ruin it!) but everything was perfect. I am extremely happy that I won this book on Goodreads because if I hadn't, I would have never bought this book myself. However, for those of you who didn't win it, please go out and get a copy because you will not regret it! I can't wait to read another book written ...more
Isabelle *the face behind the crazy*
What I have to say about this book, hum... it was AWESOME! Seriously I swear the author stole a kids diary 'cause it was that real! The divorce, the crush, the step mom, the boyfriend, the dot, dot, dot... (I'm having nightmares right now) Violet is such an awesome and funny chrarcter she makes everything over dramtic (well she did see get moms boyfriend in his under pants...) The plot awesome! It seemed like a roller coster, one moment it's all rainbows and sunshine then... klunk (Glade langu ...more
Sue Smith
What a hilarious book! Not that the subject matter was hilarious - anything but - I just loved the way it's presented. Family relations are always a roller coaster ride, especially within a split family situation and this one is no exception.

It's a classic case of teenage angst, but with all the factors of school, Mom dating, junior high insecurities, siblings and Dad's second wife and family issues it's a crazy story. Susin Nielsen handled it with a lot of humor and insight. A really touching,
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Jen
Fantastic read and reminiscent of what it felt like to read Judy Blume and Paula Danzinger.
I laughed out loud at some of Violet's antics but mostly my heart just felt for her. I related quite a bit to Violet and what it feels like to have your parents divorce and move on...and feel totally helpless.

The ending came way too fast-I wanted more. Here's hoping that Susin decides to hold onto Violet's character and write another about her.
Catherine
It has a very "DeGrassi" vibe, and in my universe, that can only be interpreted as being in the book's favor. Violet is a very relatable protagonist, even when (or because?) tends to give into her lesser demons and makes terrible decisions. Read it for its humor, its nuanced characters, and (always a plus), it uses the term "pop" instead of "soda" and repeatedly throws out great phrases like, "hairy eyeball".
Sharon Mariampillai
I finished this in one day! I thought it was a lovely and endearing story! Love how all the main character starts to mature and starts to forgive her family! I liked the incorporation of George Clooney in the book! I learnt that we should not hold grudges against people because that will affect your life more and not to interfere in anybody's love life because only they know who is truly right for them!
Yonina
It was funny, adventurous, and when i read the part about the Dad cheating on the mom(When he was walking out putting on his belt) it made me want to be there to slap him across the face.There book shows that you have to learn to accept things and they way they work in a silly way.It is a must read book if you want to just chill and laugh out loud.
Olivia B
I have finally finished the book dear george clooney, please marry my mom. I thought this book was really funny and it kept me laughing until the end. This book had a really good storyline, and the events flowed into each other.I would recomend this book to anyone who likes humor, and anyone that can relate to the stress of a parent divorce
Alexis
Nov 05, 2010 Alexis rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
Mixed feelings about this, mainly because the main character was so incredibly nasty in the beginning. However, I thought there was a lot detail in this short book, and I loved how it was set on Main Street in Vancouver. There were some scenes and instances that were funny.

I also loved the ending.
Lyndsey_12345
I really liked this book. It was easy and short, which i liked reading after Dust City. It was funny and kept me wanting to read more!
Danie P.
Cute story that deals with divorce, single parent hood, middle school crushes and learning to deal with your emotions.
D'Arcy Rowe
I didn't like the main character Violet as much as I did the main characters in Susin's other two books. Violet was just a naughty girl with a bad attitude. The book was very good though with a great cast of characters. I really like how the author has intertwined all three of her books with crossover characters. It was really nice to see Cosmo and Amanda get married at the end of this book.

The author is very good at getting the emotions of these preteens down. She makes them very believable and
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Jen
This book, much like the author's previous book, Word Nerd, is too cute!
Arminzerella
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Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Background: Violet is going through some stuff, real complicated stuff. Her father has left her mother, and she is left to face the breakdown that occurs thereafter. Including but not limited to: spying, punching people, feeding people poop, writing George Clooney, stealing golf carts, and standing up for her broken family on all fronts.

Review: I loved reading this book! I requested it and was thrilled to get it. This was a spectacular read, Violet is a great character to follow, she is sarcasti
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Amanda
Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom
or, just adopt me (come on George, I know you would love a 28 year old daughter)....but seriously, how can you not want to pick up a book with a title like that? It just begs to be read.

Here is the synopsis off Goodreads
Violet's TV-director dad has traded a job in Vancouver for one in Los Angeles, their run-down house for a sleek ranch-style home complete with a pool, and, worst of all, Violet's mother for a trophy wife, a blonde actress named Jennica. Vio
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Michelle (FabBookReviews)
(Re read)

Having already read Nielsen's Word Nerd, I was looking forward to read this book. The awesome cover and title alone was enough to grab my attention at first.

Following the divorce of her parents, Violet is angry with her father for leaving their family and starting up with a new, young, trophy wife in L.A. What is worse, her father and his new wife have twin baby girls ...twin baby girls to whom Violet (accidentally on purpose) suggest eat cat poo in the opening chapter. (Really). When V
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Lindsay
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from the beginning to the end. Susin Nielsen didn't waste time being happy or cheery or unrealistic. She got straight to the points, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Violet Gustofan's parents divorced three years ago, and things with her mother haven't been the same ever since. Mrs. Gustafon (Ingrid) is desperate to have a man in her life. She's had a string of men since the divorce- each one worse than the last, in Violet's opinion at least. And then ...more
Teresa
This reminded me of Notes from a Liar and Her Dog by Choldenko, in that it has a spunky, determined heroine who gets into trouble because of her passions and general lack of judgement. But it's funnier.
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog
Violet's father cheated on her mom, and left them to marry an actress from his TV show, and then had twin girls with her. Violet is understandably angry, but her main concern is her mom, who after a rocky weepy period has been dating one loser after another. So Violet
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Canadian Children's Book Centre
Reviewed by Rachel Seigel

Twelve-year-old Violet is fed up. After her movie director father leaves her mom for a blonde trophy wife and moves to LA with her and their new twin daughters, Violet’s mom starts dating again with a vengeance. The trouble is, she can’t seem to pick a decent man, and each one seems worse than the last. When her mom brings home her latest boyfriend, the unfortunately named Dudley Wiener, Violet decides to take control. She’s certain that George Clooney would be perfect
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Susin got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for over 20 Canadian TV series. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim. It won multiple Young Readers’ Choice ...more
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