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OMG! Is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore's Unbelievable Year! [Kindle Edition]

Rae Earl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Thirteen year-old Hattie Moore doesn't actually know who her dad is – but that's the least of her problems. Trying to embark on a mission to become a TOTAL HOTNESS GODDESS isn't easy when Miss Gorgeous Knickers at school hates her and NO ONE FANCIES HER. Things aren't helped by her family. Her unbelievably annoying older brother is threatening to reveal to the world everything embarrassing that has ever happened to her. She has a mum who just doesn't get her or why she might want to find out about her real dad and a gran who is a TOTAL mental and who may be texting rude jokes to just about EVERYONE in in the world EVER. Including dentists. Hattie's diary of this tumultuous year is an absolutely hilarious account of the ups and downs of teenage life, including a dating bogey phobia, near death from biscotti and a home-made breast-growing machine.

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The OFFICIAL and TOTALLY MENTAL diary of Hattie Moore.

About the Author

Rae Earl was born in Stamford in Lincolnshire in 1971. She worked in radio for 15 years and once managed to get on Westlife's private jet for an entire weekend. After nicking Brian McFadden's Mars bar, Rae knew she had peaked professionally and turned back to her first love – writing. Rae currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania with her husband & son. She thought she was going to go all 'River Cottage' and self sufficient. Unfortunately, carrots take work and there's a magnificent chippy just around the corner...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 891 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OMG is this actually my life!? 2 Jan. 2014
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Firstly, the title of the book immediately drew me into reading the blurb. Although this book is side splitting funny it is also a diary of emotional heart break. The book is set in diary from which made me a bit wary because I rarely read diary set books. I downloaded the book and instantly couldn't put it down. It is very silly but also a great, quick read. I was a bit disapointed at the end, it looked to me as if the author got bored. That was the only down side :-(
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 25 Feb. 2014
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very good book for teenage girls like me,I really enjoyed this book and would read it again I just wish they could make it a bit longer so she could talk about her long lost family member. but over all it is a very good book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good 15 Jan. 2014
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it was an amazing book and really funny you should definitely read it !
I would say that it is for children aged 10-13
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! 2 Jan. 2014
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It's amazing book so funny there should be a second one I love how she other reacts on everything its very funny and romantic over 12+ if under it will be very rude and won't understand it but apart from that great very funny A*
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars book 1 Feb. 2014
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Its a really good book and really funny.
It only takes a few days to read and u just want to keep reading it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read 17 July 2013
When I received this book for review I read the blurb and thought it was the sort of book I probably wouldn’t have automatically picked up to read but it sounded like it could be really funny. I therefore didn’t start reading the book with many expectations at all.

To begin with I wasn’t sure whether I was going to get on with the book. It’s written in a diary format which is something I really enjoy, but I was switching rapidly back and forward between finding Hattie entertaining and infuriating. Once I got to grips with her I realised there was no way I was going to stop reading the book, I did care about what happened and I wanted to find out how Hattie’s year went.

The real grit of the book is Hattie’s quest to discover who her biological father is. She has the difficult situation of not knowing who he is yet having a stepfather who has been in her life for almost all of it and who she loves dearly. She has a real sense of conflict because as wonderful as her stepfather is she can’t help wondering about her biological father – the fact her mother is so reluctant to tell her about him only adds to the intrigue and wonder.

Hattie is a lively character, throughout the book I found at times I laughed with her, at times I wanted to give her a hug and at times I wanted to shake her! She’s a 14 year old girl (for most of the book) and I think she’s a pretty accurate representation of this – she’s suitably inward looking and self-invested! Her two friends, Weird Jen and Dimple are highly entertaining, the three of them together make for a great trio.

The real strength of the book for me was in some of the supporting characters. I loved Goose, the boy next door, and Hattie’s grandmother in particular.
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Boys, friendships, family stuff - all the drama of the early teen years is here in Hattie's diary. I enjoyed this and found myself snorting and laughing out loud more than once (much to the surprise of some nice bus passengers...). It's worth noting that the author is also the writer of TV's 'My Mad Fat Diary', but this is pitched much younger than the series.

Hattie is a typical 14 year old with normal 14 year old worries. She's trying to figure out who she is and where she fits in and for Hattie, this poses a particular difficulty. She's never known her father and sets out to do some detective work and figure out what's in her genes. That is, if she can fit it in around trying to date and generally navigate the social minefield that is being 14.

This diary-style novel tracks a whole year of Hattie's life and I greatly enjoyed getting to know her, her friends and her family. Her writing style is hyperbolic, full of capitals and dramatic statements but she is over-the-top in an endearing and naive way. I grew quite fond of her, and I defy anyone to read this and not be charmed by her.

Characterisation is definitely a strength here, which is no mean feat considering it's entirely presented as a diary so it's heavily filtered through the lens of Hattie's point of view. It takes real skill to present a whole novel this way and to maintain interest, and Rae Earl makes it look easy. I loved Hattie's Gran in particular - she was definitely responsible for some of my embarrassing public laughter.

The plot, with its various strands of family detection, romantic endeavours, social hierarchies and getting through school, is bright and breezy and zips along nicely. Hattie does deal with real-world problems but it's all very light and frothy and non-threatening, with a hearty dose of humour.

Overall, I enjoyed this and would definitely recommend it for its target 11+ audience. My 14 yr old was certainly drawn to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, LOLs and even more fun 24 Feb. 2013
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Rae Earl has managed to create a world where Harry Potter, best friends, lost dads and boys named Goose prevail. This is a funny, warm book and it even made me LOL, I'm sure the main character would be pound of me, considering all the times she LOL's.

The book is in diary format yet we still get deep and fleshed out supporting characters. Weirdo Jen is a EMO Buddhist and one of Hattie Moore's best friends. She offers counsel and wise support to Hattie. Yes, Hattie does have to google most of the advice, but still, she has a BFF. Dimples is her other BFF, she is Indian and gorgeous. And Hattie isn't that upset about her friends beauty, really, she's not.

It's just a shame that her life has the drama and unwanted attention from the most popular girl in school. We get to know her as MGK and she is a royal pain.

The main conflict in this book is Hattie's search for her real dad. Her gran and Goose and her BFFare there to have fun and offer advice on her search. Despite this being a serious topic we always stay on the fun side.

I loved the ending, it was set up perfectly for the next book, which I cannot wait to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present for my daughter and she enjoys ...
Bought as a present for my daughter and she enjoys it so much she keeps going back to read it over and over again.
Published 17 days ago by Roger Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME
All I'm gonna day is I red this book in 3 hours 😝😸🙌😘
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Published 4 months ago by Yvelierre
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Terrible and not suitable for ANY girls
Published 5 months ago by Amelia Wiilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
fab fun and cool this book is a really funny and good bok for girls age 12 -14 some language but not bad. Hattie is a crazy but relatable girls and a good narrator
Published 8 months ago by Craig N. Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever
I like Hattie very dramatic better than any other book yay 😃never read anything like it in my life yeah😃😀
Published 9 months ago by Sey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good stories
Published 10 months ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars Just One Thing Missing.....
Such a fantastic book I just wish Rae Earl/Hattie Moore could talk more about what happened with her lost family member.
Apart from that I loved it!
Published 10 months ago by Cupcake Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Granddaughters favorite.
Published 10 months ago by Olive mason
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
The book starts off quite slowly, but stick with it. When you get a bit further on the writing comes alive. It's funny, clever and exactly how a 14 year old girl would write it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lmm
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
Love Rae's work :-) have ordered the next book in paper back, can't wait for kindle release to happen :-)
Published 12 months ago by David Walsh
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