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Her Giant Octopus Moment
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I started this book rather sceptically; after all you find out what happened within the first few pages, and I couldn't really see how much more there would be to tell. I was also expecting something of a fluffily chick-lit type. How wrong I was. Starting with a simple premise of a lie about a pregnancy, the story follows the consequences of that (small?) original untruth 11 years ago, to the modern lives touched irrevocably by it.

I found the mother, Joan(ie), utterly unlikeable, selfish and inconstant, but inevitably I began to have sympathy for her, and the trouble, entirely of her own making, that she finds herself in. And Scout is an inspiration of a child; managing, in the ways she has learned, to fit her life around her mother's chaos, to make the best of everything that is thrown at her. She is the real hero of the tale, and I felt real emotion about her!

A giant octopus sacrifices herself for the lives of her offspring; Joanie could not be further from this attitude and considers herself lucky that her daughter is so self-sufficient, so undemanding, so little trouble to her. But in the end is she capable of doing the best for her daughter, of making the decisions that would allow Scout to bloom?

A wonderful, thought-provoking book. Highly recommended (possibly especially to parents).
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on 8 June 2014
Really enjoyed reading this book. It is well written and you feel that you really get to know the characters. The story keeps moving on all the time and although the situations and surroundings are fully described, the book keeps you interested all the way through.
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on 7 June 2013
This book was a surprise-well written,touching without being soppy,with wonderful characters,and a clever storyline.
Much better than I had expected.Quick and easy to read,an absolute gem of a book,which is suitable for both my teenage children and my parents.
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on 18 May 2013
So many sides to this powerful story,you will fall in love with the little girl who is so strong,sympathy will be felt forall the main characters,so well researched ,do you self a favour and read it!
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on 23 January 2013
A very interesting and thought-provoking topic. Well written with excellent characterisation. Light reading but well worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 17 December 2011
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This is the story of Joanie, a young woman who intends to be a surrogate mother but changes her mind partway through the pregnancy and lies that she lost the baby which in fact she then brings up as her own.
Joanie is a difficult character to judge, she is generous and loving to daughter Scout and clearly thinks the world of her, yet at the same time is too selfish and irresponsible to be a decent mother. She regularly leaves the child (now aged ten) alone, and after receiving a letter from the authorities questioning her secret, absconds with her daughter and runs from place to place, leaving poor Scout to school herself. Yet there is a warm bond between mother and daughter.
Scout is a wonderful character, industrious, thoughtful, innovative and delightful. I was left torn at the end as to what would be the best resolution to the situation but I think the ending was right.
The book has an interesting plot and is easy to read though it didn't set my world on fire, but it's enjoyable enough and what a bizarre title!
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VINE VOICEon 8 December 2011
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I quite enjoyed this novel but felt that it was shorter then it maybe needed to be. Interesting subject matter with Joanie agreeing to be a suraget then keeping the baby in secret. This aspect was under developed and didnt enter into into real desisions that were questioned during the book.
That said It was an enjoyable novel and reading of the relationship with Scout and her mother Joanie makes you look at your own parenting style. The character of Scout aged 10 was brilliantly written and you cant help but cast your mind back to being that age and all the worries and feelings that go with it.
Her Giant Octopus Moment is a good read but dont buy it if your more into meatier, deeper storylines. I have knocked 2 stars off for the lack of depth to the storyline and for the obvious title which I found gave the game away right from the start.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 27 August 2012
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Think the author missed a great opportunity to go deeper into the main characters and produce something a little more exciting and gripping.
Sadly, I feel the story was very predictable, sometimes a little on the slow side for things to move on, felt my days were just a dreary as the girls at times and the end was also as expected.
A nice read, but do not expect something you are glued to.
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on 27 March 2014
This is somewhere between a summer beach read and something a bit more intellectually stimulating. What is outstanding, is that the author makes all the characters captivating, even those on the periphery and Scout is as fearsomely adorable as her Harper Lee namesake.
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on 25 August 2013
Poignant and insightful journey of mothers desire to do her best for her child without skills of mothering or the ability to put her child's needs before her own.
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