Book 23 in my challenge to read one book (I haven’t read before) a fortnight in 2012 is Dads, Geeks & Blue Haired Freaks by Ellie Phillips.
This book is billed as “one girl’s search to find her father, using the internet, some boys and quite a lot of hairspray”.
It’s a bit Mamma Mia, without the music and the impending wedding and a Greek island and with teenagers. Okay, it’s not really like Mamma Mia, but the lead character, Sadie, is trying to find her dad just like Sophie (see, even their names are similar), and there are multiple candidates, blah blah blah.
Dads, Geeks & Blue Haired Freaks is typical teenage fare – there’s a cute guy, although he’s not really a central part of the story (his role is clearly going to get bigger in the upcoming sequel), a ditzy mum and a whole lot of thinking your hair is the key to being fabulous (sometimes it is, sometimes it’s not).
Phillips has written a fairly bog-standard teenage novel. It’s an easy read and enjoyable enough, but nowhere near as good as the stuff I read as a teenager which I would still recommend to youngsters today (Judy Blume, anyone?). My teenage cousins would enjoy Dads, Geeks & Blue Haired Freaks, but I doubt they’d be recommending it to anyone in 15 years.