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Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,635 ratings  ·  271 reviews
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 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
Oda Renate
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun,enjoyable contemporary book. both fun and funny, I both related and understood the protagonist at times, at the same time she behaved poorly sometimes. I disliked the time jumps that the book had.
nice book if you want a quick contemporary read.
Michelle Quinn
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
Il Filo di Arianna
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ho ricevuto questo libro dalla casa editrice, dopo aver l'intervistato l'autrice a Mare di Libri.
Sono stata felicissima, perchè avevo bisogno di una lettura leggera per concludere Giugno.
Mi ricordava me stessa quando avevo 13 anni, visto che ho provato alcune delle cose che succedono alla nostra protagonista: mi ricordo la rabbia, il non voler accettare la situazione.
Forse mi sarebbe stato d’aiuto se lo avessi letto in quel periodo, ma leggerlo adesso mi ha fatto pensare alla me del passato con
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
Dec 10, 2011 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
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I’m surprised reviewers aren’t comparing this to the Georgina Nicolson series. Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom is a story of how 12-year-old Violet learns to cope with life following her parents’ divorce. But it’s in her not coping that all the absurdosity occurs. To give any details would ruin the surprises. Just know that grief makes people do weird stuff. Violet is no exception.

That’s what really resonated with me: how Violet’s (and her mom’s) actions felt so real. She wasn’t nice,
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Did this for a book report. Pretty cool book!
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
Jul 08, 2010 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
Muhammad Bm
Feb 22, 2012 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
Jun 20, 2012 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
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
The lightest work from Nielsen compared to two other titles I had beforehand. Unlike Henry and Ambrose, here we got a female protagonist named Violet, who tried to set her mom up with George Clooney (the title was pretty obvious) because after her dad left Violet's mom for another woman, serial dating her mom's having turned out to be disastrous. So Violet had this idea to find the right man for her mom - George Clooney.

Kinda "easy" and too-happy-to-be-true ending, but still I enjoyed the detail
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
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!
Apr 07, 2011 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".
Nov 05, 2010 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.
Olivia B
Dec 16, 2011 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
Dec 17, 2011 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.
Mar 20, 2015 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
Feb 01, 2012 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!
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is such a great book if you are looking at books to read, read this one. I guarantee you will love it!!!
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
       Violet Gustafson lives with her mother, Ingrid Gustafson and her little sister Rosie Gustafson in an old house with a broken door-bell and run down washer-dryer machine. Violet’s best friend is Pheobe, Pheobe helps Violet with everything from advice on what to say to Ashley Anderson (Their worst enemy) to attending late night stakeouts and spying on her moms boyfriends. Violet’s mom and dad are divorced and her dad moved to L.A with wife number 2, Jennica Valentine, and their twin daughte ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
For context, I read this book for my podcast.  We wanted to read something between seasons of Degrassi that was Degrassi adjacent and decided to give this book a shot.  

The premise of "Dear George Clooney..." is brutally realistic.  The protagonist, Violet, is reeling from her parent's divorce and the seemingly unfair way that her father can be a big-shot Hollywood director and have a new life with a new woman while her mother struggles to make life work in their home city of Vancouver.  This fr
Psychée Délik
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je ne connaissais pas du tout Susin Nielsen et ce fut une très bonne découverte. L'auteur a un style fluide, ce qui rend la lecture rapide et prenante. C'est drôle et pétillant sans tourner au niais, ce que je craignais un peu au début de ma lecture.
Elle arrive également à trouver les mots justes pour s'adresser aux adolescents. Le thème abordé n'a rien d'original en soi : le divorce et la séparation des parents, les nouvelles vies des parents après cette séparation, etc. Toutefois, j'ai appréci
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wir spielten ziemlich lange mit den Zwillingen in der Sandkiste. Sie verehrten Rosie und mich, und wenn ich sie nicht so gehasst hätte, hätte ich sie sicher von ganzem Herzen geliebt.
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Ein kleiner Einblick:

Violet Gustafson ist 12 und lebt mit ihrer kleinen fünfjährigen Schwester Rosie und ihrer Mutter Ingrid in Vancouver in Kanada. Ihr Vater Ian ist Regisseur und hat sich vor rund drei Jahren in die Schauspielerin Jennica an seinem Set verliebt, sich scheiden lassen und ist nach Hollywood g
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I feel churlish giving a Susin Nielsen book only three stars because her books, like her central characters, are so flawed, warm and likeable. I did not think this was quite as great, however, as 'Optimists Die First', which is aimed at older readers than My Messed Up Life. This tale of stroppy Violet trying to deal with her parents' break-up, a new step-family and her dad living miles away, is more formulaic than her usual, although always rescued by interestingly quirky characters and witty di ...more
Julie Callaghan
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for my 12-year old niece who devoured it in one sitting. My sister and I read it next and loved it too. Violet is a girl around the same age as my niece, struggling with her anger, sadness and confusion about the breakdown of her parents' marriage, her father's second marriage/ new family, and her Mother's boyfriends. Violet seems so real for a girl of this age. What makes the book a great read is that Violet does not sit around with her feelings - she acts in unpredictable and h ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
In this book we meet Violet who's struggling to adapt along with her younger sister Rosie to life without their dad at home after he was caught cheating on their mum and left them for her, as well as his new twins.

To make it worse her mum then tries dating ending up with a guy called Dudley Wiener, of all names. Convinced he's not right for her mum she sets her mind on splitting them up and finding George Clooney her mum's celebrity crush whom she met once.

Along with a fun ridiculous escapade ha
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read, very charming. Violet is a pre-teen, living with her mom and younger sister in Vancouver. Her father and his new wife, as well as her toddler half-sister twins live a much better life in L.A. where her father works in the film industry. Violet is upset at her mother's dating choices, which seemingly go from bad to worse. She's currently dating a man who loves puns and owns a bath shop called Skip To My Loo. Violet is sure her mother can do better so she and her best friend ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I wish I hadn’t glimpsed the last page of the book in a mindless moment flipping the pages; it would have been more satisfying!

An entertaining read, only I didn’t empathize with Violet the way I did with the protagonists in the one about the homeless boy and the one with the boy who goes to a psychiatrist. This is my third book by the author and I might or might not pick up the other books she wrote (read their synopses; not as pumped)
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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
“They did not have problems. They had been perfectly, utterly happy.
Hadn't they?”
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