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Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom

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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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Robert Kent
Sep 24, 2010 Robert Kent rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 29, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing
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
Michelle Quinn
***2.5***
I had high hopes for this book. Everyone told me this was a charming & funny read & when I was looking through it before reading it, it looked very cute indeed.

Let's start with Violet (MC). She was the main reason why I was so disappointed. She was so immature and dramatic (and not funny at all (view spoiler)). I know that she was 12 years old (I think) but I still had to remind myself that she wa
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Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
Aug 08, 2010 Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads rated it it was amazing
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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Muhammad Bm
Apr 24, 2012 Muhammad Bm rated it it was amazing
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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Gwadh
Jun 20, 2012 Gwadh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Catherine
Apr 07, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it
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!
Tabitha
Jan 22, 2016 Tabitha rated it liked it
Dear George Clooney was a quick, fun read. (I'd actually give it more like 3.5 stars.) The story is about Violet whose parents had divorced a few years earlier. 12 year old Violet is bitter toward her father for leaving and frustrated with her mother's "serial dating" and poor taste in men.

Violet begins acting out toward those around her and decides to take matters into her own hands by writing to George Clooney on behalf of her mother. While she waits for a response, she sets to sabotaging her
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Yonina
Dec 17, 2011 Yonina rated it liked it
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
Dec 20, 2011 Olivia B rated it really liked it
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
Alexandra
May 10, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: may
Violet and Rosie's parents are divorced and Violet is very upset. She is even more upset because of her moms choice to continue dating men (a bad choice of men too). She is utterly jealous of her new siblings, her half sisters; the two twin daughters of her dad and his new wife. Violet decides to help out her mom by setting her up with the perfect man; George Clooney. Everything ends when Violet realizes its not all about her, its about other peoples happiness too.

I chose this book because my li
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Alexis
Nov 05, 2010 Alexis rated it liked it
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.
Miranda
Sep 09, 2015 Miranda rated it it was amazing
I liked this book, but didn't love it as I got very confused with all of the flashbacks and jazz.
But other than that it was pretty cute
Lyndsey_12345
Mar 02, 2012 Lyndsey_12345 rated it really liked it
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!
Jood
May 15, 2015 Jood rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2015
Violet's parents are divorced and she feels like her dad doesn't love her as much as he loves her two half-sisters. Violet hates the men that her mom chooses to date because they're all "losers" so she decides to set her up with the perfect man: George Clooney.

I picked up this book because when the author Susin Neilsen came to our school I decided to buy one of her books.So, I chose this one because of it's interesting title.

I finished this book because I wanted to see if Violet would end up me
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D'Arcy Rowe
May 04, 2014 D'Arcy Rowe rated it really liked it
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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Amy
Mar 22, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-literature
I knew I was going to enjoy this book when I read the cat poop/chocolate incident. The story is about Violet and her struggle with her parent's divorce and her dad's remarriage and her mom's horrible dating escapades. Violet is also stuck caring for her little sister. The characters are believable and genuine. The story balances humor with sadness, betrayal, hope and hurt. I think this would be a great book to read for students who have experienced parental separation or divorce. Even if you hav ...more
Emily
Jul 20, 2016 Emily rated it did not like it
The character Violet is seriously dramatic, (view spoiler) at the beginning of the book, as well. Is a 13/14 year old going to feed her 2 year old step-sisters cat poop? Like, really? Sure, it's harsh having your dad possibly loving your 2 year old steps ...more
Jane
Nov 08, 2015 Jane rated it liked it
I wanted to read this book from the title alone and was hoping for a light, easy read. I wasn't disappointed on that front.

While it didn't blow me away, I did like the family and friend relationships. They were pretty realistic for the most part and not too overly dramatic. There was some mild romance inserted among the twelve-year old kids but thankfully it didn't take over the plot. The story was a bit predictable but still enjoyable.

While I had a good time reading it, some aspects of Violet'
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Alexis {InsideThePages}
This book I found rather cute and fun. But also upsetting at some points. Since I am not a fan of the thought of having my parents divorce. And because of Cheating at that. I am not a fan of cheaters in general. But that is my opinion. But other than that I enjoyed the book greatly.
The plot of this book was adorable and fun. I enjoyed all of it and the setting. Might I just say that the stakeouts where some of my parts of the story. Along with the ending, {which I will NOT spoil}. But I highly r
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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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Nicola Mansfield
Nov 20, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
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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X5-494
Sep 24, 2013 X5-494 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda
Feb 25, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Aug 15, 2014 Michelle (FabBookReviews) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-young-adult
(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 Tramble
Jul 09, 2011 Lindsay Tramble rated it really liked it
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
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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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