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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2007
My mum went and bought this book for me today as an alternative for an easter egg as I always buy Cathy Cassidy's books because I think they're the best, and I was certaintly not dissapointed.

It was funny at times, and I just kept on wishing things for the characters and hoping things would turn out well for them as the story went along. The relationship between jude and carter is so sweet but I must say this book has made me cry the most I've ever cried whilst reading a book, It's so sad towards the end and it just shows a teenager like me, although families will always be quite embarassing,you can't live without them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2010
when i read this book i thought it was brilliant. at the time my family were going through some tough times which i was glad to be able to relate to whilst reading this novel. i thought that the story never slowed down and there was always a turn in the road which almost always kept me wanting to carry on reading.
therfore i think that this book is great ;)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2008
I am aged ten and i am an advanced reader.
I found Sundae girl a brilliant book,I couldn't put it down.
However this book could be very upsetting and complicated for younger readers.
The story had wonderful and powerful characters.
My favorite characters were Genovie ,mums boyfriend who runs an ice cream van ,dad an elvis impersonator and most of all Jude an unusual,secretive and shy girl.
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on 7 July 2014
My daughters review:
Sundae Girl is about a girl named Jude who comes from a broken home. She lives with her mum, granddad and grandma and sees her dad and his new girlfriend: Victoria, on the weekends. Jude's family are far from different and Jude often finds herself hiding her families true characteristics when she is in public. Her dad is an Elvis impersonator who goes to parties dressed in catsuits whilst singing. Her mum is an alcoholic who is chasing broken dreams and tainted promises. Her grandma has Alzheimer's so she seems to forget things and her granddad, is a granddad. Jude often believes she's the only sane person. However after her dad announces he is marrying Victoria, Jude's mother takes a turn for the worse and soon it's not only her own life she's damaging, but Jude's as well. Alongside the family mayhem, Jude has to balance being a kid and having crushes and being an awkward teenager.

Personally, I think this book is hard to critique. There were some really strong points that I adored about this book, however there were also some points which made me feel like the book was flat and almost a little boring. I loved the idea of her mum being an alcoholic and having the perception of Jude battling her mothers addiction in her own life, as this was interesting and real. Also, I loved how the book didn't necessarily have a happy ending when it came to the death of someone, because it just meant that the book wasn't trying to cast out any fairy tale endings or happy ever afters. However, small things in this book seem to make me just feel a little bit odd and makes me feel like the book lacks a few things. There were some factors in the book that weren't really needed and kinda dragged the story on slightly. I understand Alex, the bird boy, being a leading character because he's Kristina's brother, however it doesn't really connect with the story that much - in my eyes, so I felt that it wasn't necessary.

The book is really good at highlighting addictions of parents and family members as well as the truth of broken homes, and how sometimes a grandparent is all you need. It also is amazingly beautiful at showing the sadness of Alzheimer's and how it can effect the younger ones around you. However there were some times in the book: 'the music was so sad that it made me want to slit my wrist' which I thought were really unnecessary and almost like it was a push too far and as if the book was just lacking something so Cathy replaced it with something else.

Personally, Cathy is an excellent author, however I feel like this book just wasn't for me but it was for me too. It took me a while to even consider reading this because I'm not the target audience anymore so I was contemplating the big risk. If you like some harsh drama and a little bit of oddness, this book is for you.
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on 12 August 2011
Sundae Girl is a great book set in Tile Hill, Coventry. It is about a young girl called Jude who sometimes lives with her mum, sometimes her dad (they're divorced). When she is with her mum, she also lives with her Nan and granddad and her mum's dog, Toto. Toto was named after the dog in "The Wizard of Oz", Jude's mum's favourite film. Jude's mum, called Rose, has an alcohol problem which has just stopped, but starts again in the beginning of the book. She is trying to get out of it and knows that Jude is unhappy about it; so, she tricks Jude by emptying a ginger beer bottle and filling it with whisky.
Her Dad works as an Elvis impersonator and has a girlfriend, Victoria. She likes Jude and Jude likes her too. Overall, her family is pretty embarrassing. At parent's evenings, Jude says that her family isn't hers. She is a good pupil, with good test records, reliable friends and her teachers like her. What has she got to be worried about? She has nothing to hide from her parents, but all the reason to hide her parents from her teachers.
Around the middle of the book, Jude's dad and Victoria get married, and they invite Jude, of course, and Jude's mum, surprisingly. Jude is not happy about this and knows that it is going to end in disaster. They need to go to the wedding on the train as the wedding is in Grete-ne-green in Scotland. When they get to the wedding, Victoria and Rose have a fight. When Jude's mum is in the middle of the fight, she tries to light a cigarette. The lighter flicks and lands on Victoria's wedding vale. It sets on fire. Rose comes to the rescue. She flings it off and tramples on it to put out the flame. That does not go well. Rose and Jude don't stay long at the after-wedding party. Jude dances away but her mum just stays at the bar, drinking miserably.
Although Jude doesn't want to, her mum insists that they leave. When they have said goodbye, Rose and Jude go off to see one of rose's friends who also lives in Scotland. While they are at Rose's friend's pub, they hear an ice-cream truck. It was Rose's Italian boyfriend, who she has fallen out with. He comes to deliver some news. Rose's mum has had a stroke. Despite having fallen out with her, Rose's boyfriend had driven all the way from Coventry to Scotland just for her. He drives them back to the hospital to see Jude's Nan. Read this story to find out what happens next. WARNING: YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN!!!
I thought that this book was really good and found it interesting that it was set in a small town, Coventry. It made me realise how lucky we all are to have such a loving family, because there really are children who live lives just the same as Jude's.
RATING: 10/10
AGE RANGE: 12+
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on 23 January 2013
Sundae Girl is addictive. I got it in a box set along with ginger snaps and driftwood. I have reviewed them all! All poor Jude wants is a normal family, but thats not easy when your mum lives with HER parents and you and your dad thinks he is some sort of hippy / Elvis. And there no WAY Kevin Carter can help. Then dad and Victoria have a crazy mid 1960's wedding. Fun. then mum starts drinking. Gran gets iller than ever. Jude can't decide how she feels. Sad? Proud? Scared? Alone? Then the most random kind understanding talk from an enemy, Jude feels 1% better. WIll somethinb sad wreck her life or can she find an ending that can make anyone smile?
I loved this book and all the reviews of like two or one star I think are SERIOUSLY scathing.
It is fab
It is really good for first time Cathy readers. LIke with my favourite, Scarlett, though ( but I didn't put this on my review) I think girls under the age of 9 might not understand and need to face these consequences. The only reason that it has four star is because the end is quite sad. Well it isn't right at the end. but if you read it you will find a bad and sad thing at the end. But nearly everyone has to deal with the sad thing so don't worry.
I hope you like it.
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on 23 August 2011
In myopinion this is not the best Cathy Cassidy book she has written but i am still wondering if I am being a bit harsh giving her 4 star.
This book tells the tale of Jude who is struggling with her in her opinion crazy life. She explains how she dreads peopl meeting her family because they are 'not just embarrasing but not normal'. Her dad is mad about Elvis even is job imvolves him. Having her parents never really living together for very long after Jude was born they have both moved on. Her dads got a new girlfriend and her mum... well someone else is deeply in love with her but she doesnt always return this love. Meenwhile in school Jude is struggerling with first crushes and evil backstabbing gils but when she finds something out about this bully will their relationship change?
she meets the birdboy in the church yars and bonds with him. Her grandmother just gets iller and iller and her mums drinkingproblem returns.
How can Judes life get any worse... youll just have to read ir to find out...

This is a good read for 11+ and i would recomend any Cathy Cassidy books.
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on 12 July 2015
Delicious. u cant get much better than this book. some books u just cant miss and this was definately 1 of them. cathy has written loads of great books. i saw this book on our school library shelf and my bestie Gemma told me what a good read it was.
there was no way i would turn that piece of information down. every book Gemma has recommeded to me has been ace so i took it home and read it. Gemma didnt disappoint me (why would she?!) even my mum wanted to read it again. sadly i couldnt keep the book as it belonged to my school :-( but my friend (Lucy not Gemma) has the book so when i go round to her's on Tuesdays.
AGED RATING: 11+
RATED: 100/100
HUMOUR: 10/10
EPICNESS (if that's even a word): 1000/1000
This was my opinion on Cathy Cassidy's Sundae girl
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on 21 January 2013
This book is a wonderful story and it could happen to anyone in the world. You can not judge the mum in this because it is easy to get addicted to drink and hard to get out of it. My favourite character was Jude because she was kind and caring and tried to help her mum as much as she could. My least favourite character was Gina because she was kind of encouraging Jude's mum to stay in Glasgow in the pub where it was so easy to carry on drinking. If they did stay the drink would have mild her mum and that would have been devastating. I only gave it four stars because in some places I couldn't get into this book. Overall it was an outstanding book and I recommend others to read it.
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on 9 December 2014
Sundae Girl Jude wishes her family wasn't so embarrassing. Her mum is an alcoholic, having an addiction to alcohol, her dad dresses up like Elvis Presley and her gran knits scarves that are too long.

This story is packed with love (family love and boy love), trouble, danger and excitement. This book is page-turning, thrilling and lets you in on some of Jude's most private secrets. And there's a surprise at the end, to do with Rose (Jude's mum) and her alcohol addiction, and Kristina Kowalski also has a secret up her sleeve... That is, if she even has tops with sleeves!
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