Publisher: Corgi (RHCP)
Release Date: 31st July 2014
Edition: UK paperback, review copy
Hi So Much and hold your unicorns – you need to read my third book NOW!
My name is Darcy.
I see the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around me.
Why is my new pet more angry dumpling than cute kitty?
Must I spend every lunch time for all eternity with mad old Mavis the school secretary?
And how will I cope at Big School without my best friend Will?
I think this series is utterly wonderful and the third instalment, Sorry About Me, only confirms my love of Darcy, her family and her writing.
Darcy has just started Big School and you can see it from the get go. She’s eager to have a ‘thing’ and decides that being a vegetarian is the one. She just happens to keep accidentally eating chicken. She does make me chuckle. Especially as there are lots of things annoying Darcy in Sorry About Me and she’s taken to punctuating the ends of sentences with ‘fuming’ or ‘livid’, often in block capitals. She has a flair for the dramatic that I wish I was young enough to get away with! Darcy is actually a lot more moody and dramatic that in previous books, especially when it comes to her family.
You can’t blame her really. Her best friend, Will, is not at school to help her through so she’s left with the school secretary Mavis you she has tea and shortbread with while reading Darcy’s brand new fairytale. It’s all necessary for her sanity as she hasn’t heard from Will after his absentee dad turned up at school out of the blue. She’s not allowed to call him, he hasn’t called her and she’s worried out of her mind. There are few things as terrifying as thinking you may lose your anchor in a new and scary environment. It was a powerful storyline and subtly brought up complex and emotional issues in a way that children and younger teens would be able to think about them without being overwhelmed.
Darcy Burdock is sweet, funny and completely endearing. I could read about her every day.
Thanks to RHCP for the review copy.