Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Review: Dads, Geeks & Blue Haired Freaks by Ellie Phillips

Title: Dads, Geeks & Blue Haired Freaks
Author: Ellie Phillips
Author Info: Website
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 4th June 2012

Tell Me About It
Sadie Nathanson spends her life trying to survive the excruciating embarrassment of simply existing. It’s hard enough being a bit of a shrinking violet within a loud and outspoken extended family, but the unexpected card from ‘Dad’ on her 15th birthday is the last straw.

As ‘Dad’ was an Internet sperm-donor, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that this is a bad joke, probably set up by her ex-best-friend Shonna. But it starts Sadie wondering – just who was her father? Is he the cause of her worry crinkle and wonky bum? What would happen if she tracked him down?

So she decides to do just that. With help from her nerd cousin Billy, his friend Nodding Tony and a regular dose of ‘Haironomics’ (Sadie’s own hairstyle-related philosophy system), they uncover a lot more than they bargain for...

My Thoughts
What drew my attention straight away about this book is the cover. I love how it features Sadie and her blue streaked hair, it fits perfectly with the theme of the book and also Sadie herself.
Dads, Geeks & Blue Haired Freaks starts out with Sadie celebrating her birthday and opening a card off her Dad, someone she has never met. Hiding the card from most of her family, her cousin Billy being one of the few people in the know about the card, Sadie sets out to find out who her Dad really is.  From the moment I stared reading I didn't want to stop.  I wanted to take the journey with Sadie and find out if she finds her real Dad or not.

I love how Sadie tells it how it is, and the whole ramble about haircuts and how she made her cousin popular had me laughing.  She is very into hair and styling and even know how to get more customers into her own salon when she is older.  A gift she got as a birthday present was a 'hairstyle a day' calender which was the perfect gift for her, and it was amusing to see her try out the different styles.
I really admire Sadie for having the courage courage to do what she does, not only to stand up to the bullies but also to try to find her real father.  I doubt I would have had the courage to do either of these things if I was her age.
I really liked the close knit family she has, they may be an eclectic mix of people but all together in the same room are very entertaining.  Really liked how her cousin Billy is supportive of her search for he Dad and even though he wants her to ask her mum he still helps her. 

The characters and world Ellie has created were easy to imagine and relate to.  The information given to us in the pages of Dads, Geeks & Blue Haired Freaks made it easy to imagine the community Sadie lives in, her sense of hair fashion, and the amount of investigative work that went into the search for her Dad.  Dads, Geeks & Blue Haired Freaks is a quick read but it doesn't lack for anything.   Each character had their own distinct personality and it was easy to distinguih them from each other, especially with the nicknames Sadie gives to some (Nodding Tony)  I enjoyed every minute of reading this book and I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Ellie Philips has done a great job of writing a story about real problems that others a facing, but manages to add humour and life lessons into it, and whether or not Sadie finds her real Dad, she has also learnt more about herself, her family and her friends.

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