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Rather like an episode of Jeremy Kyle...
on 23 April 2014
'The Diamond Girls' centres around the lives of Dixie and her three sisters, their mother who is expecting their fifth child (surprise surprise, they all have different fathers) and their new house in the middle of a run-down old council estate. Naturally, not everything goes swimmingly for the family. A family 'friend', Bruce, turns up to help the family with the move and ends up being bogged down in the family's dirty laundry. And then stuff... just happens.
The majority of the book just felt like a never-ending Jeremy Kyle soap-opera saga. Although there are some surprisingly interesting plotlines in this story (mainly Mary and her mother, and Dixie's mother's subsequent post-natal ''weirdness'') the majority of the plot just involved endless bickering dialogues amongst the siblings. They argue, they get into endless scraps, one keeps trying to leave the house to meet a boy in McDonalds (why is it ALWAYS McDonalds in Jacqueline Wilson books?) and one of them leaves her mother after calling her a slag. Some of the material (one of the fathers overdosing, physical violence and graphic descriptions of birth) are a little too much for younger readers, so approach with caution. Jacqueline always handles these matters delicately, but it sometimes feels a little raw.
For me the book was just incessant unnecessary quarrelling with a dirty nappy thrown here and there. There are some good parts though as I said, which were just about enough to salvage what would've been a very poor story.