It’s tempting to call this autobiographical since the author’s info seems to match closely with the overall theme of the book. But that may be a coverIt’s tempting to call this autobiographical since the author’s info seems to match closely with the overall theme of the book. But that may be a cover as well. The way this teenage girl (Johanna/Dolly) is seems quite unbelievable at times, clearly fiction. Or is it? I really don’t know, but the outrageous way she acts doesn’t ring very true to me. This certainly is trying for the humorous side of being a girl, hard not to be reminded of Bridgett Jones Diary, particularly when this is also British. (at least from this American view.)
The book is definitely not for the squeamish, as there’s explicit scenes of all sorts that you may associate with rock n’ roll. There were moments where time shifts in the book, like it’s being told in current time, or looking back, so we get these flash forwards that actually don’t have the right to be there. This felt like sloppy writing to me, not the worst part, just didn’t help. There’s an attempt also at politics of Thatcher era and class, particularly since they are on benefits living in council estates. This is superficially dealt with that it’s curious why it’s brought up so much. Her Dad often rails against class, then she goes on a self-described tirade, that is far from it at all. So that aspect didn’t sit well with me either. I like the subtly better, like how she discovers expense accounts for her travel and all the visits to the library. This speaks more than the telling me she’s going off on poor vs. posh.
Perhaps it’s too much at once, I mean this is billed as a book with a message about creating your own self, as a teenage girl. To be true to your inner self. Sadly, I don’t think it really hit the mark. Almost, but not quite there. All in all a mediocre book. ...more
While the book is based upon some underlying historical facts, undoubtedly most of this book is fiction. What I enjoyed in the book was Mozart’s pointWhile the book is based upon some underlying historical facts, undoubtedly most of this book is fiction. What I enjoyed in the book was Mozart’s point of view sections, which unfortunately was not enough of the book. The book is about the Weber family, four young girls quickly growing up and their prospects for marriage. Their mother is a bit off her nut and sadly the stabilizing father who teaches them music dies in the middle of the story. Mozart is young and still finding his way in the music world and has his own family issues, but does fall for one of the Weber girls who ends up breaking his heart. It is clear from the beginning that Mozart does marry one of them, so there is an attempt of suspense, with trying to figure out, who will it be? On occasion there are some odd sentences which really pull you out of the story, writing that sounds like a man or for a male reader when neither is likely the case, well the author is a female. In the end the book is okay, but nothing wonderful....more