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Diary of a Chav: 01: Trainers v. Tiaras
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2011
Honestly, Diary of a Chav is probably the funniest book you will read this year. Admittedly, it was published back in 2007 so you may well have already read it but still - this book is absolutely hilarious.

I'm a big fan of Grace Dent but it wasn't until this week that I actually read any of her fiction writing. I really wanted to love her work and I'm so glad I enjoyed Diary of a Chav. Dent creates such a brilliant community for her characters and everything was so visual - I could see Uma's house with the fridge in the front garden, I know exactly what Shiraz's overweight staffy looks like when she's begging for Pringles and I could hear the latest `choon' by the G-Mayes Detonators in my head (note: it wasn't good).

Though there are a lot of stereotypes in Diary of a Chav and yes, stereotypes are bad and we shouldn't judge but, I'm sorry, this book is too hilarious for me to get caught up in political correctness. Dent gets the dialogue absolutely spot on and there are definite hints of Vicky Pollard in Shiraz and Carrie's speech, though with a touch more eloquence. My case in point:

`...I'm not sure how we even has a job himself let alone a job telling everyone else how to get a job, but I didn't say that to his face `cos I did what Mrs Radowitz said and thought through quietly in my head how that sounded and I reckon it probably was `prejudicial' and `stigmatizing' towards folk who just happen to look a bit like paedos but who aren't.

'Everyone else in 10W had something worked out to tell Mr Brightwell, aside from me. Carrie reckons she wants to be a nail technician and tanning supervisor like Collette Brown at Cheeky's and Luther Dinsdale wants to start his own grime collection `cos he's got some pretty good rhymes and his dad knows people who have a recording studio in Stratford and run a pirate called RUDE FM so he reckons he can get a slot. Kezia wants to be a singer `cos she always does karaoke at Goodmayes Social Club and once won fifty quid of Iceland vouchers and everyone said she should go on X-Factor.''

Utterly brilliant.

There are no frills in Diary of a Chav, no extensive subplots, no twists or turns, just a great story that's entertaining from beginning to end. If you're in a bad mood then this is the perfect antidote, you simply can't read one of Shiraz's rants without breaking into a smile. I promise.

That said, this is a story with heart and there were some really sweet touches in the novel. When Shiraz realises that she `isn't so thick' and may actually be good at something it's a really nice moment. And I really wanted to get to know more about Uma and Kezia's situations as there seemed to be a lot more going on with those two than it first seemed. I've now read the second book in the series and can reveal that you do learn more about Uma and Kezia in that instalment - good stuff.

I'd be really interested to see what international readers think of Diary of a Chav so if there are any readers outside of the UK who have read it - do let me know your thoughts!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2007
I got this to take on my holiday, but once it arrived I couldn't stop reading it! I think I laughed at every single page. I hope this diary makes people think about names like 'chav' and 'emo' because Shiraz Bailey Wood proves that everyone is different and you totally can't judge people just on how they look.

I loved the end so much. I was laughing so much my dad banged on my bedroom door and told me to be quiet! I want Book 2 now!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2009
Dairy of a chav trainers vs tiaras is the best book i ever read in the whole world.The genre of the book which is probably comedy at least i think it is really fit my personality as it might also do others.
When i read the blurb while in 'waterstones'i was destined to by the book myself it was amazing it blew me away as i was completley obsorbed by it.It is a utter page turner you'll never be able to put the book down absaloutly satasfiying 5 stars BUY THE BOOK A.S.A.P
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Oh my days - what an amazing book! I read this a couple of years ago, when I was 11. I remember sitting in an English lesson when we were supposed to be doing 'silent' reading, when I burst out laughing and couldn't stop! I had to go and stand outside whilst I 'composed myself' before being allowed back inside to continue reading in silence. It really is one of the funniest books I have ever read - and I love books! I think anyone from the age of 10 will enjoy the witty language and comical nature of the story. I have finally been able to find the third in the series (Out of 6 books)and I look forward to reading it! Amazon is far cheaper than both Whsmith and Waterstones, so I personally would advise you to buy from here - you will save about £2.50 per book, and if you wanted the whole 6-book-series, it would save £15! :D
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2007
I loved this book, I laughed out loud from start to finish and so did my husband. We are 28 and 36, this isn't just a book for teens it's for anyone who enjoys a good laugh.

The characters are well rounded and extremely likeable. I would give this book six stars if I could.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2007
I'm not a big lover of chavs but I thought this book was amazing. It really showed me that chavs can be nice, polite, clever people and aren't all rude-mouthed ASBOs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2009
I assume this must be a fabulous book because my daughter didn't lookup between starting and finishing. However she's since decided to finish every sentence with 'innit?' - which sounds all wrong uttered from a Glasweigan.
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on 22 October 2010
First in a series describing the tumultuous life of Shiraz Bailey Wood, self-declared non-chav from Goodmayes, pupil at the Mayflower Academy. The point of the series is to show in a very entertaining and humorous way that you don't need to end up as a 14-year old pregnant drug addict, even in Goodmayes; and Shiraz shows the way. (The Mayflower Academy seems to be loosely modelled in the Mayfield School and College, both in name, position, and description.)

I found the Urban Dictionary a great help in reading these books, but then I'm not from East-End Londen.

In this first book Shiraz's family threatens to fall apart because her older sister has run away and disappeared into the dark side of London. Shiraz saves the family in a very original way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2013
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on 5 March 2013
This was a very good book. I have read previous Dairy Of a Chav books and I always enjoy them. Grace Dent's writing is always full of charm and character. She is an extremely talented author, who writes fantastic teen and pre-teen story's. This book made me laugh out loud it was also very touching in places, which is exactly what you want from a book. I would recommend this to many other teenage girls; it's definitely up there as one of my favourite books now. Please read it and I promise you will not be disappointed by this fabulous plotted, explosive stroy lined, brilliantly worded book.
Elizabeth Deakin
05-03-2013
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