My Family and Other Freaks by Carol Midgley (Paperback, 2012)
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Danielle is doomed in love and has the parents from hell. Her mum and dad are embarrassingly scruffy and their car bonnet is a different colour to the rest of the car. Worst of all, they're still in love, which is totally gross considering how ancient they are. Her best friend is a nice nerd, her love-rival is an airhead and her dog Simon is in love with an Ugg boot.
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Despite all this, she hatches a plan - indeed many plans - to win the gorgeous Damien's affections. But when she brings Simon to the park to show him off in front of Damien, a smelly little accident lands Danielle with the nickname 'Dench the Stench'. Share on:.
Having picked this one up on a whim despite having never heard of it before seeing it on the Bookbag's shelves, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Main character Danni is a wonderful narrator, if not a hugely likeable one - capable of changing her opinions in the space of a millisecond, like many twelve-year-olds are, she can be incredibly bratty and isn't a particularly good friend at times.
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However, she actually develops wonderfully well as a character over the course of the book, she's hugely entertaining to read about, and has a very realistic relationship with her parents and siblings. I have a bit of an issue here - there's no doubt that I want to strongly recommend this one, I'm just not quite sure who I'm meant to be recommending it to.
I think common wisdom suggests that teens normally want to read about children their own age or older, which means many of them might skip this one due to Danni's age.