The true Jacqueline Wilson story. I Have only read one of her other books, but I think I can still say that this book is very true to her fictional stThe true Jacqueline Wilson story. I Have only read one of her other books, but I think I can still say that this book is very true to her fictional style. JW really can write for children. She knows what they want and need and how to present it. Easy and entertraining. 100% child friendly.
Even thou I'm not a child anymore (ie a bit too old for this book) I really enjoyed the book. JW just writed in a fun way. All thou at some points i as an adult reader of course really felt that I was not part of the audience she is actaully writing for. But I really feel it workr perfectly for elementary school children. JW has really got emphaty, symphaty for her readers.
Her childhood wasn't that unordinary, but that's probably the point. Her goal is to write about ordinary things. But for children of today her childhood in the 50s might actually seem a bit exotic. But still JW makes sure that any 2000s kid can relate to what she is writing.
JW talks to children, but she doesn't talk down to them. She wants to involve them and includes her authorship in the book by relating every chapter to an episode in some of her fictional books. She shows how there is a connection between her real life and her fictional books. She lets the children in on her writing process. All this in a 100% child friendly way.
As an adult reader I am of course longing for a follow up. What happened next? Because the story of Jacqueline Wilson of course doesn't end when she finishes primary school and knows she will be an author some day. I would really like to know about the adult years of this great author, but that is of course not what this book is about. It is a whole other story and it could of course not be written in a child friendly way, because children want to read about children, not adults. And in JW's case her childhood really is the most relevant part of her life, since that's where she gets her inspiration for her books.
All in all I really understand why Jacqueline Wilson is the most borrowed author in the libraries of Britain....more
I have started to grow to like Becky now. The first book left me rather indiffernet and a bit annoyed. But reaing this second book made me really likeI have started to grow to like Becky now. The first book left me rather indiffernet and a bit annoyed. But reaing this second book made me really like Becky and find her funny. I even laughed a couple of times. Becky is not that stupid at all (even thou she seams sometimes). She is really quite symphatetic and even a bit clever. She's got her heart in the right place and all that. In Shopaholic there are less useless plots than in Confessiosn of a Shopaholic, but some drama could still be exchanged for more thoughtfulness... Shopaholism is still cured with more shopping, but this time an acceplable solution is also presented: sell all your stuff and then you can start over from a "clean table"......more
Allright. I had nothing better to read so I took this from my sister's bookshelf. My expectation weren't too high, since I had previously read UndormeAllright. I had nothing better to read so I took this from my sister's bookshelf. My expectation weren't too high, since I had previously read Undormestic Godess, which I wasn't too fond of.
I was hoping the Shopaholic books would be more funny... But no... The character Rebecca Bloomwood is kind of funny, but I don't like her that much, probably cos I can't identify with her... I'm not very familiar with the problem of shopaholism, but i suppose it is a realistic problem. But the soloution the book gives is not realistic. Instead of Cut Down Rebecca chooses Make More Money (which isn't as easy in real life as it seems to be for lucky strike Rebecca). Shopaholism isn't cured with more shopping (which more money inevitably will mean for a character like Rebecca) any more than alcoholism is cured with more alcohol...
An other thing that annoys me about the book is that it makes fun of Finland. Yeah, I'm Finnish and I can take a joke about my country, but I would like it to be funny and not just flat. It's unnecessary and pointless in the book, since it doesn't lead to anything. And English speaking readers wouldn't even understand the Finnish parts. How tasteless. LOL
Despite everything I think I will read an other Shopaholic books next time when I'm in the need of a light book. Could be interesting to see what the writer makes of Rebecca Bloomwood......more
Hmm. A top lawyer as a housekeeper. Interesting concept. Turned out to be rather funny. But the book is rather flat. And unrealistic off course. You cHmm. A top lawyer as a housekeeper. Interesting concept. Turned out to be rather funny. But the book is rather flat. And unrealistic off course. You can't go from not being capable of doing anything in the kitchen to cooking and serving a big charity lunch in about a month... And I don't agree with the values in the book. I'm not saying it is antifeminist really. I just would have liked a compromise between carrier and domestics, because that is what I believe in. The ending annoyed me....more