This book is simply more than a tiny bit marvellous. I found I had to force myself to stop reading after a little while as I didn’t want to completely finish it too soon.
I think it is a great book for when you want to relax and unwind. It is not overly complex and does not require extra attention to understand it. There is no political angle; it’s not a commentary on social wrongs or anything like that. It is the story of a somewhat dysfunctional family, which to me seemed rather normal. It is people in their natural state; the realness of this book is one of the things that make it such a great read. It’s funny, sarcastic, sentimental, and reminds you to appreciate what you have.
Dawn French captures the voice of each character perfectly; you don’t need to read the name at the top of each diary style chapter to know who it is whose talking. These characters are all living in their own little bubble, with their own problems that seem unconnected to each other but are all intertwined in the end. The little scenarios of life that make a big impact.
The twist, I did not see coming and the conclusions to the story at the very end had me crying tears of joy.
It’s just a smart, funny, wonderful book. It serves as a reminder that we’re all normal, no matter how odd or complex we seem to be; we’re all the same.