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The Parent Problem (The Mortifying Life of Skye Green) Paperback – 24 Mar 2016
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Readers will enjoy working out the real reason behind the parents' suspicious activity, and it's nice to find a real-world drama that isn't bogged down in too much tragedy. Lively, relatable and lots of fun. (BookTrust)
Fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy will love this. (Sunday Express)
This is a laugh-out-loud tale of tears, tantrums and terrific one-liners that will appeal to any girl whose family has made them cringe with embarrassment! (Lancashire Evening Post)
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The Parent Problem in a nutshell is Skye being mortified at her mother’s behaviour, because she isn’t being boring. I actually loved her for it. However Skye’s mum also doesn’t listen to Skye because she’s caught up her hobbies, so she misses all the signs for what is going wrong with her daughter. This book would have been very short if they both had just sat down for an hour and talked, it also would have been a whole lot less entertaining. (Though I do feel bad for Skye saying that.)
Anna Wilson has a good balance between funny and heart. Skye is very endearing as a narrator and there a plenty of moments in the story that will make you smile (or giggle) but because the emotions are there The Parent Problem just has that little bit extra.
Poor Skye. She's the type of girl who's always accidentally tucking her skirt into her pants. If there's a pothole ahead you can be sure she'll fall into it – chances are she'll somehow manage to turn it into a sinkhole, too! Life's all Gah! and Double Gah!
The story is narrated by Skye herself and peppered with extracts from her own very heartfelt diary. Anna Wilson gives us a magnified view of how cringe-making and embarrassing life can be when you're doing your awkward best to grow up gracefully. And how much worse it is when your biggest mistakes do the rounds on social media for all to see. Young readers will sympathise with Skye as she crashes along, creating a million misunderstandings - and they'll be rooting for everything to come right for her, too.
With her warm and witty approach, Wilson gets right to the heart of how painful it can be to be an adolescent, and that's what makes this the perfect book for anyone morphing from tween to teen. I'm not a bit surprised it's been chosen as one of this year's recommended books in the national Summer Reading Challenge. The Parent Problem is a Big Friendly Read indeed.