Additional: This review includes spoilers.
Synopsis: My name is Maisy Malone. I’m seventeen years old, live in a ratty council house with my 60 year old, near-alcoholic Dad and a dog with a leaky bum.
This is my blog. You can either like it, or you can…well… blog off!! ;o)
Maisy is seventeen and has reason to be seriously fed up. Her Dad spends his days stagnating in his armchair, watching re-runs of Bargain Hunt, shouting abuse at their neurotic dog, Dave, or nursing his pint down at the Pride. Her mum fled the place years ago, on the back of a clapped-out, old bike, and is now planning the wedding of the year, to a man so damp you could grow mushrooms on him. Even her mates are distracted these days; Poppy is to be found rattling out her vampire love story and Jess is too busy obsessing over the latest bad boy to cross her path. Trouble is, her latest conquest is Maisy’s detested older brother, Ollie – recently returned to the family home. But what secret is he hiding?
And now Maisy has dropped out of sixth form in an attempt to bring some money into the family home. But will a range of eye-opening, temporary assignments provide Maisy the freedom she is searching for? Or is home always where the heart is?
200words (or less) review: I love the intro to Maisy at the start of the book. You instantly know what kind of girl she is. Maisy remains true to her first impression; her blog entries are funny and build a vivid picture of her day to day life.
Eve Ainsworth included news events, such as the London Riots in Maisy’s blog entries. I liked how that particular aspect of the story was dealt with but it made me less inclined to overlook certain things, such as (spoiler) Thailand. Travelling to Thailand should really include vaccines and as neither Maisy or her brother are sure of how long they might stay it would make sense for them to apply for a visa. This would take over a month to do (at least) yet it’s a couple of weeks. Also given how detailed Maisy’s blog entries are I found it odd that none of this was ever mentioned.
The Blog of Maisy Malone is a fun book that is easy to dip in and out of. The more I read the more I wanted to read. Personally I found the ending a little neat but was happy that Maisy was happy.