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OMG! Is This Actually My Life? – Rae Earl

“Sunday 28th December 
9.23 a.m
OMG- I’M IN PRISON! 

It’s actually my bedroom but it might as well be a cell. I’ve seen what prison is like in EastEnders and  except for the fact I’m in heart-print Primark pyjamas there’s no difference.”

Fourteen-year-old Hattie Moore doesn’t actually know who her father is – but that’s the least of her problems. How ca she become a TOTAL HOTNESS GODDESS when Miss Gorgeous Knickers at school hates her and no one fancies her because she has no breast? And her family are an actual nightmare. Her unbelievably annoying brother is EVIL and on top of that, her gran is a TOTAL mental who may be texting rude jokes to just about EVERYONE in the world. Including her dentist. 

Hattie’s diary of this tumultuous year is an absolutely hilarious account of the ups and downs of teenage life including a dating bogey phobia, near death from biscotti and a home-made breast-growing machine.

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This book wasn’t really for me so this review is probably going to be quite short. OMG! Is this Actually My Life? would have been the perfect read for me back when I was 13 but I’m not after the same things I was back then. 
Its all dramatics and disasters with emphasis on boys and the fact that Hattie doesn’t know who her father was. I think it will appeal to a lot of tweens and younger teens but for me, it didn’t have enough substance. There’s a lot of focus on Hattie’s real dad and I found that so selfish due to the fact that Rob, her stepdad, has been around since she was 6 months old. The fact that Hattie was boy crazy was funny and dropped her in it a lot and I was amused by that but it wasn’t anything of real substance. The stuff with her dad was, especially after what came about at the end of the book but even then, with her being so selfish about it, it didn’t mesh with me. 
I can see the merits of the book, its written in a diary format, in a realistic voice and the characters were very much defined. There weren’t loads of characters so the story was very easy to follow and to be honest I enjoyed that we get a bit of background to most of them. Jen and Dimple were great best friends and I liked how honest and up front the three girls were with one another. 
I think the story will be enjoyed by younger readers who want something easy to read which reflects real life, however I like a bit more substance and more excitement so I’m afraid it wasn’t really for me. 
OMG! Is This Actually My Life? Will be published by Walker on 7th February. My copy was sent in exchange for an honest review. Please note that as my copy was an ARC the above quote may differ from the final version. 

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  • I’m 15 and I can honestly say that I don’t know anyone who talks like that!

  • It’s a shame this didn’t click with you. Hopefully I’ll like it a little more!

  • I don’t think I’d read this – I get a bit irritated by the super-teeny stuff these days, it was bad enough at the time! – but I’m quite tempted by her ‘Mad Fat Diary’, the one that’s currently being dramatised on E4 here. I’ve only seen the first episode so far but it was FANTASTIC – definitely piquing my interest in the original book!

  • The cover is really cute but I don’t think this book would be for me either.

  • I really tried with this one but for the same reasons you say I couldn’t finish it. Agree though that younger readers would probably enjoy it!