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Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom Kindle Edition

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Length: 240 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 and up

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Gr 5-8–Violet can't stand her father, her new stepmother's fake boobs, the whole middle-school boy-girl thing, or her mother dating a geeky punster named Dudley Wiener, so she solicits George Clooney as an alternative future stepdad. It's no spoiler to reveal that Mr. Clooney does not marry the angry 12-year-old Vancouver girl's mother, although he does appear to give her some sage advice. Actually, the Clooney gimmick is the one part of this otherwise rather down-to-earth daughter-of-divorce book that doesn't gel (although it sure will grab readers' attention). All of the characters and their complicated relationships are wonderfully realized. Violet's anger is palpable, and there's just enough humor–slapstick, gross-out, and just plain goofy–to temper the emotional bits. The girl's voice, which is often too jaded, confident, worldly, and wise for her years, softens just the right amount with love for her five-year-old sister. Whether or not you can believe the celebrity bits, this novel is a steady addition to most middle-school collections.Rhona Campbell, formerly at Washington, DC Public Library
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Twelve-year-old Violet’s dad now lives with his new wife and toddler daughters in a fancy L.A. house, while she remains in her run-down Vancouver home with her younger sister Rosie and her alimony-refusing, serial-dating mom. But after Mom starts seeing loud-sweater-wearing punster Dudley Wiener, Violet decides to find Mom a new man—specifically, George Clooney. Neither her efforts to contact Clooney nor sabotage her mom’s relationship go as planned, though, even after she finds an opportunity to meet the movie star while visiting her TV-producer dad. Violet is a complex, appealing character whose intimate, lively first-person narrative, both droll and heartfelt, discusses classmate conflicts and crushes as well as her insecurities and her gradual acceptance of what she can and cannot control. Though she often faces challenges and situations with not-so-graceful aplomb, Violet’s growth and authentic range of emotions, from anger (including some cringeworthy acting up) to healing and trust, ring true in this very engaging read. Grades 5-8. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Product Details

  • File Size: 1276 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (April 21, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IHC320
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Knapp on February 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
From the lighthearted title, this reader expected Violet's story to have plenty of moments of humor, and the author does not disappoint. Violet's Hollywood dad left her mom for a starlet, and she and her younger sister now have two step-sisters, a less-glamourous lifestyle (in Canada), and Violet has a plot to get her mother out of the rut of dating weirdos, and on to something better. I'm glad to say that in the end, Violet realizes there is a benefit to substance over style, and George Clooney (as much as Violet ever gets to know him) turns out to be a great guy.

NOTE FOR PARENTS ON WHY 4 STARS: I guess I'm keeping my head in the sand about what tweens are up to, as the 12 year olds in this story are indulging in "retail therapy", Facebook pages, hearing about their parents' flirtations and affairs and inviting each other to school dances. I wish Violet had been 13 or 14, but that's just me. Violet plays a mean joke on her stepsisters that didn't come off as funny to me.
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By Nicola Mansfield on November 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I am fond of the publisher, the cover caught my attention and the summary sounded original. It didn't hurt that the word "George Clooney" was in the title either!

What an amazing little gem of a book! I absolutely giggled with delight as I read about Violet's dilemma and what lengths she goes to. Converse-wearing 12 yo Violet's parents have been divorced for two years. Her TV producer father left them for a trophy wife, who was expecting twins and off they moved to LA. Violet's mom took it hard and spent the first 6 mos. going through a change, pierced navel, drinking too much wine but she got out of her slump and took up the single life with a passion, always dating, looking for the new Mr. Right. Only problem is the men are all losers. Cheaters, married, kid haters, cheapskates, etc. and Violet knows her mom can do better. She's even been known to spy on the boyfriend with her best friend Phoebe, looking out for her mom's best interests. But when her mom starts to seriously date Dudley Wiener Violet knows it's time to intervene and since her mom actually met George Clooney years ago when she worked on-set doing hair touch ups and had a personalized photo of him, Violet plans a campaign to get Clooney to meet her mother again and perhaps she will be the one who will break his rule that he will never get married again.

The story deals with some serious issues but is light-hearted and hilarious. Violet has an attitude, and understandably so. She outwardly hates her father for his desertion of her and her little sister, she is protective of her little sister and feels she needs to watch out for her mom, while at the same time she has sworn off boys/men altogether except that oh, so cute Jean-Paul has started paying attention to her.
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Dear George Clooney is a book set mainly in Vancouver, Canada and is written by a Canadian author. This is a rare thing for YA. In fact, I can't think of any other modern books set in Canada. Plenty in the US, Australia, and the UK, but not Canada (nor in New Zealand, South Africa, or Ireland, if we're covering the English speaking world). It was a very quick read. I think I blazed through it in less than two hours.

It was frustrating, heartwarming, bittersweet, and cute all at the same time. Frustrating because Violet does some really stupid things. For all her stubborness and cruelty toward her mom's new boyfriend, her father, her half-sisters, and her step-mother, it was hard to hate Violet. I really felt for the poor girl. Her world was spinning out of control. So many adults in her world had hurt her and her mother. Her actions were just a way of trying to gain control of her life. But it was hard to see her doing everything to destroy her mother's new boyfriend, Dudley Wiener, who, despite an unfortunate name, seems like a pretty loveable guy.

I really loved Violet's character even though I didn't feel like I got to know her that well. I don't know what she likes to do in her spare time or her favorite color, but at the same time, I understood her psyche. The adults were also portrayed very realistically. There was no hiding the flaws of her cheating father, her frazzled mother, or her trophy wife step-mother. However, they weren't portrayed as one-dimensional characters. We see hints of goodness in the bad characters and saw the bad sides of good characters. The other supporting players in Dear George Clooney, such as Violet's sister, best friend, love interest, and her mom's friends were all relatively flat characters.
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To really show you just how wonderful this book is, I would pretty much have to reproduce its entire 229 pages here, which would probably get me sued. So I won't do that. But I am going to share some of my favorite passages with you. Truth be told, I highlighted almost the entire book, so even picking out favorite passages of my many, many favorite passages has been a chore. I'm going to limit myself, therefore, to passages from the first half of the novel so I don't spoil too much for you. Because seriously, you've got to read this book.

So let's start by taking a look at the opening line from Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom:

FOR THE RECORD: I did not mean to send my two half sisters to the emergency room.

Now that's a hook! From the first sentence Nielsen grabbed me by the throat (in the best way) and yanked me into her story. What agent or editor could turn down an opening like that? It's got everything. It introduces conflict, character, and the tone of the novel all in just sixteen words!

The situation here is that twelve year old Violet and her sister Rosie are in LA visiting their dad and his pretty new wife and their new twin daughters. It isn't going well. I try not to hate fictional characters, but I hate Violet's dad. I want to find him wherever he is and punch him in the face. He's a television director and he left the girls and their mother for a pretty blonde actress named Jennica (how perfect is that name?). When the girls arrive, their father and their new stepmother make a big show of paying attention to the new twins and he treats Violet and Rosie like guests rather than his first daughters.
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