It really all started with The Pain. He officially came into my life exactly nine weeks and one day before our Year Ten Graduation Dance. And despite my very best efforts to wipe the day from my mind, I can still remember it clearly. It was a Friday. The thirteenth day of the month. Notice anything there?
Maggie Butt is facing not only a stranger taking over her mother’s life but her own as well, and she is not going to let that happen. But then there’s the one-eyed snaggle-toothed cat, senior subject choices, the dream date and Cyber Boy, the geek in the library to contend with as well. It’s going to be an interesting year.
As if living with the name Maggie Butt is not enough, Maggie has set herself three goals to achieve this year:
1. Make at least one good friend at her new school
2. Find a partner for the Year Ten Graduation dance
3. Get an overall A for English
Unfortunately, these goals are turning out to be totally unachievable.
Maggie talks at a hundred miles an hour, strings metaphors together like daisy chains and has so many things going wrong, but you have to love her and hope her life can take a turn for the better soon.
But with her mother’s new boyfriend, The Pain, and a one-eyed half-crazy cat to deal with this, it hardly seems likely.
This is a terrifically fun and pacy read with lots going on and characters that really grow on you. Girls 13-16 are the ideal target reader.
Reviewed by Rob