GoodReads Summary: 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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A fun and frothy read littered with British humour!
When I received this for review my first thought was 'Oh, what a cute cover!' and then I read the blurb and thought "hmm, sounds a bit young for me" but despite this I decided to give it a go. Sometimes I need a book that can just make me laugh, and OMG! Is This Actually My Life? is exactly that book. Written in diary format it follows the ups and down of 14 year old Hattie's life as she goes on a journey of self discovery.
Hattie has two brilliant best friends Dimple and Jen. Dimple is a smart and beautiful Indian girl who is obsessed with chocolate, and Jen is an emo who loves Vampires and being Spiritual. It's hilarious the amount of crazy antics these three get up to. The scene I found most amusing is when Hattie has a crush on this guy she nicknames "McFittie". After much conferring with the girls as to how to attract him she decides to go with Jen's idea of "eating sexily" in front of him, but the Biscotti she's eating goes down the wrong way and she ends up chocking and spitting it out all over the place! *giggles*
OMG! Is This Actually My Life! features a wonderful set of quirky characters. There's Hattie's totally 'mental' nan, her 'evil' brother, and of course her mum and her dad, but the one I think deserves a special mention is Goose "the guy next door". He has a crush on Hattie, but she's completely oblivious to the the way he feels. He was so cute, I just wanted to hug him!
I love how Earl incorporates popular culture and British culture/slang into the book. There are references to Primark, Jeremy Kyle, Harry Potter, Eastenders and phrases like 'you doughnut', 'is a total mental', and 'chav' are thrown in too. It just made Hattie all the more relatable when she mentioned things like Facebook, x-factor, and Zumba.
OMG! Is This Actually My Life? works great as a stand-alone, but from the way things ended there is plenty of room for a sequel. If there is I'll be over the moon, but if not I'll still be happy as this is a book I know I'll be re-reading!
Rae Earl is also the author of My Mad Fat Diary a book (based on her life) that has been turned into a TV show and is currently airing on E4.