What If The Hokey Pokey Really Is What It's All About? follows Piccoloand her mother, Judy, as they leave Piccolo's cheating father, Rudy. Theydecide to go on a road trip across America, visiting various friends andrelatives along the way. The girls are technically on the run as nobody knowswhere they have gone or where to find them.
. . . The characters are vivid and intriguing throughout. All have differentquirks - for example, the dead neighbour Isabelle who supposedlykept her husband's skull in a jar in her garage, mad Irish Setter Salsa whoenjoys digging trenches in gardens, and the eccentric Englishwoman Prunella whooffers Judy and Piccolo a place in which to stay.
. . . Piccolo's narrative voice is distinctive from the outset. Burke has managed tocapture an authentic teenage voice perfectly. The diary entries allow thereader to get inside Piccolo's head - to laugh along with her and to cringe atall of the embarrassing moments which occur in her life. She is an incrediblylikeable narrator who makes the best out of every bad situation.
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What If The Hokey Pokey Really Is What It's All About? is an extremelyfun read, and is both amusing and compulsively readable. It is a book that canbe finished relatively quickly, but is one that teenage girls will adore.