Monday, 7 January 2013

The Blog of Maisy Malone by Eve Ainsworth

Maisy Malone's prospects for 2011 don't seem very good.  She's 17, left school with barely any qualifications and lives with her dad and old dog but doesn't see her dad much as he's always down the pub.  So she starts a blog.

The book is set up as Maisy's blog posts including her friends comments to each day's musings.  Once you get the hang of this concept, it reads well.

It's a little bit juvenile as Maisy is only 17, but with her responsibilities, she's quite weary with her life.  She's a good kid who has grown up too quickly.  She is the one responsible for putting food on the table (and in the dog's bowl) as her dad spends his dole money down the pub.

At times I felt weary for her, but there are many light comic moments, usually with her Nanna and also with each new temp job she gets.

This book takes a bit of time to get going, but once I found my stride I didn't want to put it down. I really enjoyed Maisy's 2011 and would like to know how things panned out for her in 2012.

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