Dear George Clooney by Susin Nielsen

79%

17 Critic Reviews

Nielsen (Word Nerd) has created a narrator as sassy and candid as this memorable novel's title.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Violet's TV-director dad has traded a job in Vancouver for one in Los Angeles, their run-down house for a sleek ranch-style home complete with a pool, and, worst of all, Violet's mother for a trophy wife, a blonde actress named Jennica. Violet's younger sister reacts by bed-wetting, and her mother ping-pongs from one loser to another, searching for love. As for Violet, she gets angry in ways that are by turns infuriating, shocking, and hilarious.

When her mother takes up with the unfortunately named Dudley Wiener, Violet and her friend Phoebe decide that they need to take control. If Violet's mom can't pick a decent man herself, they will help her snag George Clooney.

In Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, Susin Nielsen has created a truly original protagonist in Violet and a brilliant new novel that will delight readers into rooting for her, even when she's at her worst.


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About Susin Nielsen

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SUSIN NIELSEN got her start writing a spec script for the popular television series Degrassi Junior High. She went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit television show and four of the Degrassi books. Since then, she has received two Canadian Screenwriter Awards and a Gemini Award and has written for many home-grown TV series. Her novel Word Nerd, published to much critical acclaim, was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Book Award and won the Red Maple, Rocky Mountain, Willow, and Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards. This was soon followed by the hilarious and heartwarming Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, which has received rave reviews and has already been translated into French, Portuguese and German. Susin Nielsen lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
 
Published April 21, 2010 by Tundra Books. 240 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dear George Clooney
All: 17 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Aug 10 2010

A nifty almost-saw-it-coming ending puts everything right. This comic novel scores.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by PW on Jul 19 2010

Nielsen (Word Nerd) has created a narrator as sassy and candid as this memorable novel's title.

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CM

Excellent
Reviewed by Ann Ketcheson on Jun 18 2010

Nielsen has created a story that is both funny and touching and well worth the read. Perhaps she will continue to entertain readers with more of Violet’s adventures in a future book!

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Thommy Ford Kids

Excellent
Reviewed by Uma on Aug 10 2011

Susin Nielsen in Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom explores Violet’s emotions, friendships and discoveries as she is coming to terms with her parents’ choices.

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Teen Space Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Long on Sep 20 2010

It was a light, fun read that made many current references to pop culture, the perils of Facebook and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

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Quill & Quire

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah Ellis on Sep 01 2010

Into everyone’s life a few jerks will wander. What these two novels show is that unlikeable characters are every bit as difficult to manage in fiction as in life.

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Reeder Reads

Good
Reviewed by Reeder on Aug 10 2010

It is a fun, sweet and unique story about divorce

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Fabbity Fab Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Apr 08 2011

Verdict: Very good; definitely recommended! And give Word Nerd a try as well if you have not yet had the chance to read it.

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The Musings of a Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Sandra Stiles on Jul 20 2010

This was a fun book to read. Some of the antics were hilarious.

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Ex Libris

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Feb 01 2011

It's official: I will read anything this author writes, her stuff is amazing.

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Lavender Lines

Good
Reviewed by Lavender Lines on Oct 19 2010

Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom made me happy. It put a smile on my face and made me sigh blissfully.

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Rogue Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Jenjoou on Apr 17 2012

This is a fun, quick read about the grief caused by divorce. Hardly a new subject in middle grade fiction but Nielsen writes effectively and fills her world with interesting, well rounded characters.

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YA Book Shelf

Good
Reviewed by YA Book Shelf on Sep 23 2010

If you’ve been looking for a novel that is funny, poignant, and demonstrates a love of reading, then you’ll love this novel.

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Reader Chic

Below average
Reviewed by Claire on Apr 16 2012

I don't know what was missing from that book, it pulled you in from the first word but it just didn't have that wow-factor.

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FernFolio

Good
Reviewed by FernFolio on Nov 27 2011

Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom is the tender and fun and painful story of a girl caught in the fall out from her parents’ divorce, trying to negotiate the messiness of adolescence while protecting her mom and her little sister from further hurt.

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A & C Book Junkies

Good
Reviewed by Christie on Apr 23 2011

Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom is hilarious and heartwarming as it looks at divorce through the eyes of a child. The satirical dialogue has been penned with great thought and plays out seamlessly throughout the book.

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Fat Girl Reading

Good
Reviewed by FatGirl Reading on Mar 14 2011

Nielsen is also particularly good at writing believable parental figures.

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