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Stunning and laugh out loud!,
This review is from: Anita and Me (Paperback)
I read this at fifteen and was totally stunned- I love how the 10 year old narrator sees her world and has a unique take on seemingly mundane events of her life! It also made me laugh out loud- Syal in her writing, knows how to have a laugh. In reference to the reviewer who taught this in his class- if any book is taught in a classroom people are inevitably going to find fault with it- this shouldn't detract from how worthwhile this book is. The story as a whole works very well and rather than the main character seeming being too old for her age- what struck me is how the author paints such an accurate picture of a ten year old- who sees the world without the moral scruples of an adult- she falls prey to the normal temptations children succomb to and is a refreshingly honest antidote to the usual "innocent-bystander" way many books narrate childhood. The decisions she makes and the way she deals with her life is just an example of the way kids have more insight than adults give them credit for. Its entertaining, thought provoking and funny. If you have any imagination and a sense of humour you'll love it. Im just sorry Im not reading it again for the first time.