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Excellent Book(s) to Read After Seeing the TV Series
on 24 April 2014
I read My Mad Fat Diary and My Mad(der) Fat(ter) Diary after seeing Series 1 & 2 of My Mad Fat Diary on E4 and 4oD. It was fascinating to find out which of the code-named boys was the real Finn, who was the real Chop, and who Chloe really was, etc.
I don't want to put too many spoilers for the book here. Suffice to say that Tom Bidwell added some interesting stuff when he wrote his TV screenplay, but there are many things in the book which did get included in the TV series. When you read the diaries you get a deeper insight into why Rae sometimes teased boys she was secretly in love with; and why she often pretended she just saw them as friends. Her fears went beyond a simple loathing of herself or her body. Watch out for a huge revelation halfway through the second book.
Throughout both books there is Rae Earl's wonderful witty sense of humour. The way she describes music she hates never fails to be hilarious. There are also some very sad moments that can move you to tears.
What I love is that Rae Earl went through all of that roller-coaster of emotions and tribulations in her teens, and now candidly shares it all with us in two wonderful books. It's so amazing to think that while she was going through all of those experiences, she had no idea that she would one day be a famous, successful author - and lucky in love as well.
- Sara Russell aka @pinkyandrexa on twitter