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BIG WOO by Susie Day
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Aug 28, 11

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Read in August, 2011

For those that just understand the idea behind blogging and basically exposing your life on the internet for everyone and his mate to see then perhaps Big Woo will be a shock for the system. However in this age of social media and the internet it’s probably a long overdue shock that is needed. Big Woo is the totally honest and all laid to bare life of Sarah or as we know her in this tale as Serafina67. She starts a ULife blog (probably similar to the likes of LiveJournal and Blogger formats) and decides to give herself set goals toward her own Happiness. She wants to tick off her list and a deadline and a list is clearly in order to achieve this.

Now I’m pre warning you that if the sight of ‘LOLs’ and ‘KTHXBAI’ every few pages makes your skin crawl then you’re just going to have to get over it because it’s just as much of Serafina’s life as the language and humour of a teenage girl. It’s part of what makes this book true to Serafina’s voice. You have to buy into her world completely and just remember that this is the language of the internet generation and it’s nothing to fear. Even if in the back of your head you can hear your English GCSEs teacher pointing out the mistakes and glaring at your use of the word OMG.

The book/blog covers just over 4 months in her life and charts her day to day life and the big stuff that generally comes and goes in the world of teen. From the marriage of her dad to his new woman or as she is referred to as ‘The Monster’ and then the small stuff that just seems huge like being honest in meme’s about her appearance. In reality as many blogs at that age is isn’t generally beyond the norm of what you’d expect to hear from a teen girl but it’s the way it’s told that grabs you. Its 1st person and you are the audience that gets to see her feedback from friends and internet friends. Sometimes you agree and sometimes you don’t but part of the internet and blogging is the variety in opinion. It’s also a frank look at what a teenager lives through and how they deal with it from the often heard ‘i hate my parents’ whine to the more specific to this character’s dealings with a therapist as she has ‘an incident’ less than a year previous and clearly it needs outsider help to deal with. You never know the details of what happen really but it’s clear it wasn’t good and hopeful it won’t happen again if she can help it.

The format of blogging is become much more of a normal way of teenage expression rather than the old style diary of sharing with friend’s one on one. Blog’s can be anonymous, they can be freeing and can let the blogger express themselves however and whenever they want to. I myself had a blog like this at this age and still write on it today. Girl’s and Boy’s at that age need an outlet and more than anything they like an audience so blogs are a haven for the misguided and emo-driven rants of the youth. Not that I’m judging; I made more than a few myself back then but the key is to never reread old posts. Bad times rest within that venture!

I found Big Woo! To be a giggle inducing fun filled tale that made me relive those days of poor drinking decisions, family drama and the drag that is school life. Even without living Serafina’s life exactly you can sympathize with that need to find the real you outside of friends and family and how this generation seek in on the internet. We all know this has it’s own dangers with strangers on the internet and how things taken out of context from the internet spread out of online world into real world. Big Woo! Is like dipping into someone’s diary and leaving feedback for all to see. On the flip side what you put out into cyber space can be bigger than you can handle. This is a laugh a post book that is worth a read just to read the witty retorts and sarcastic banter that fill the pages.
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