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Book Thoughts: A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Dawn French)

French, Dawn - A Tiny Bit Marvellous


Title: A Tiny Bit Marvellous
Author: Dawn French
Genre: Fiction / Women’s Fiction
First published: 2010
Edition: Paperback, published in 2011 by Penguin

‘Extremely funny’ says a quote on the cover of this book. I would not go as far as ‘extremely funny’, but it is funny in places, and I actually really liked the plot

The books is written almost like a collection of diary entries by three people from the same family. I presume that is intentional? The parts narrated by Mo, the mum, I quite enjoyed. She is forty-nine year old woman in the midst of a midlife crisis. Peter, or Oscar as he has called himself, just sound like a spoiled brat, but actually I could imagine a eccentric teenage boy writing like that in his diary. He was kind of amusing and annoying at the same time.  Dora… Dora… What to say about Dora. My problem with her chapters was that I almost heard Dawn French pretending to be a teenager and it did not quite work for me.

I would say the second half of this books is definitely much better than the first.

So, I did not absolutely love everything about this novel, but I liked the themes of family and self-worth

4 out of 7 stars

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