‘And in that instant I fall in love. Not just with him, though he is the better part of it, but with them both, with the whole scene: the house, the garden, the magazine perfection of it. And I want very badly to be in this picture.’
It is so hard sometimes to put into words what a book is like when it is just so bloody good, but I will try my best…
Joanna Nadin is an exquisite storyteller. She begins in the here and now with Edie Jones lying in her hospital bed, and then fully submerges us into the past, going back in time to show us how one girl named Dido can really begrudge her mother so much.
Joanna develops her characters beautifully. Our main three musketeers are Dido, Harry and Tom. Harry and Tom are siblings, and Dido would do anything to be apart of their lives. You could say that Dido has had an unusual upbringing – a semi-crazy mother named Edie who is desperate for all of the attention; even so much that she kisses Dido’s soon-to-be husband at one stage. Gobsmacking behaviour really so no wonder Dido has always dreamed of belonging to another family. All Dido has ever wanted is to be ‘normal’ and Edie is the polar opposite.
This book is a trip down memory lane. You forget what it is like to grow up; the troubles you face, the immature behaviour, the nervousness around boys, the friendships, the laughter, the underage drinking, and the what ifs? Joanna has created a real beautiful tale of adolescence… on how one girl can find her way from being a child to an adult.
‘The Queen of Bloody Everything’ focuses primarily on relationships – best friends, boyfriends and the mother/daughter bond (or perhaps the lack of one in this case!). Don’t get me wrong, Dido loves her mother but she just gets so frustrated by her sometimes. Dido wants to feel safe and secure in her life but her mother makes this extremely hard for her, so it is of no surprise when Dido tries to latch herself onto another family. A family that will play a big role in her life.
The main question is whether Dido gets her ‘normal’ happily ever after?! There is only one way to find out… read the book! You will not be disappointed. It is out this Thursday so pre-order, or head to your local bookstore then.
Thank you so much to Katie Green at Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy in return for an honest opinion.
Bye for now!