Being good all the time’s not working. Maybe it’s time to try being bad….
Today is my stop on the blog tour for the just-released ‘When Good Geeks Go Bad’ by comedian Catherine Wilkins, where good girl Ella decides it might just be time to try being bad.
Ella is fed up of toeing the line at home and it school. It doesn’t get her anywhere. Dad won’t but her the cool shoes she wants (that EVERYONE has), she hasn’t seen her mum in ages, and she is sick of being looked down on by the high and mighty Queen Olivia. Perhaps if she wants to get a little respect from people, Ella needs to start playing by her own rules.
I think we can probably all relate with feeling achingly uncool at some point in our lives. It’s not the sole reserve of newly teenaged thirteen-year-olds. However, I know that I would certainly never have had the nerve to rebel in the way that Ella did – I was far too much of a good girl!
This book tackles a lot of the trials and tribulations which come with struggling to find your identity when growing up in the face of embarrassing obstacles from your family. In Ella’s case, this is only made more difficult by the fact she lives with her rule-abiding father, rather than her slightly more relaxed mum.
I certainly found plenty to laugh at, and judging by the reaction of my much younger and cooler son, the witty text and awkward situations hit the mark with their target audience too. You can tell that author Catherine Wilkins is also a comedian. It’s not all laughs though; there are several difficult situations Ella finds herself in and choices to make which may hint at the fact that sometimes rules are there for a good reason.
Aimed at the 9+ market, I can see this being particularly popular with the tricky teen market.
*Many thanks to Nosy Crow for inviting me to be part of this blog tour*