Thursday 21 June 2012

Thursday Thoughts: Buttercup Mash by Joanna Nadin

Buttercup Jones has got serious issues. She doesn't know who her father is, her mother is beyond embarrassing, and she thinks she's freakishly tall. As if all that wasn't bad enough, as part of her best friend Imogen's plan to get her hands on the boy she likes, she's just been talked into signing up for Glee club! Clearly, a psychiatrist is required. While she's trying to save up the £500 it will cost her to get an online session with Dr Sven, Buttercup keeps a diary of what's going on in her life...

I was going through a bit of a reading slump when I picked this one up and it really helped pull me out of it. It's very, very funny, it's got a great narrator in Buttercup, some lovely supporting characters - particularly her friends Imogen and Stan - and a good mix of some predictable parts and others which took me completely by surprise. Nadin's writing style is fabulous, although took me a few pages to get into - she really captures Buttercup's voice beautifully.

Highly recommended - not sure if there's a sequel planned but would love to read one! The other book by Nadin I've read is Wonderland, which is also very good but much, much darker - great to see an author who can write really well in two totally different styles.

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