“I was having a good hair day when this whole thing started.
It was my birthday and, in honour of having made it to fifteen, I’d given myself purple streaks (Blue Haired Freak from SFX hair dyes) perfected using only a tint brush, a tail comb and some kitchen foil.”
Sadie has made it to fifteen, has perfect hair, an geeky, yet awesome cousin, and a very tight-knit family. However, although tight-knit her family was missing a member and when Sadie gets the Dadcard through the post on her fifteenth birthday it sparks something she’s never really thought about before. The Dadcard cant be real though, surely, because Sadie’s dad doesn’t really exist, its just her and her mum. Maybe its time to start the search, but her mum wont listen so its down to Sadie, her cousin and the beautiful Tony Cruz to find her dad.
I had this high up on my wishlist since I saw it a long while ago. I loved the title, the cover and was intrigued about the summary. When I got it through for review I literally bounced because I had high hopes for it. However whilst Dads, Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks was good, it wasn’t as amazing as I’d hoped. But lets start with the positives!
I really enjoyed the plot. I was intrigued as to what happened to Sadie’s dad and why he didn’t exist. I thought it might have been a single mother not wanting to tell her daughter about the father type story but was really pleased when it went in a direction that I never expected. It’s not really a spoiler as you find out what happened with Sadie’s father within the first chapter of the book but I’m not going to share it just in case you want to find out yourself. It’s really good though and I’ve never seen it before in YA so its very unique!
I also really enjoyed the characters and their outlook on life and everything. Sadie was a really strong and brave character when she needed to be. It took some guts to go searching in the way she did and I really enjoyed it when she grew a backbone towards the mean girls at school. Sadie’s cousin Billy and his mate Tony were great characters and friends to Sadie when she needed them most. I really liked the thing going on between Sadie and Tony and how it wasn’t a big deal. Sadie’s family were really nice and I liked the relationship they had gathered as a team but I think they were a bit over-protective at times, I don’t really see how you can be so mad at a 15 and 16 year old for not coming home until 7.30pm after school… maybe like 11.30 or 12, but not 7.30, that seemed a bit crazy.
As I said I really enjoyed most things about the book but something was off. I didn’t connect as much as I’d hoped to the characters and felt some things were glossed over and didn’t really make a lot of difference to the storyline. The hair thing with Sadie gave an otherwise very very bland character some oomph but there wasn’t enough and whilst I liked Sadie a bit I was more bothered about her story and her finding her dad than I was her.
Dads, Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks was a really interesting story because of its plot. it had decent characters but I wouldn’t say any of them had much depth. It was a nice quick read and think that many readers, especially more reluctant readers, will enjoy it but I think it was just a little too bland for me. I’d give it a 3-3.5 rating out of 5 but thats mainly because the plot didn’t go where I was expecting it to right form the start, even though it looked VERY likely at one point, it gets more stars because it wasn’t as predictive as I thought it was going to be in places.
Dads, Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks is Ellie Phillips’ debut novel, it was published on June 4th by Electric Monkey, an Egmont UK imprint. My copy was sent in exchange for an honest review by the publisher.