Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom by Susin NielsenDear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen

Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom

bySusin Nielsen

Hardcover | August 10, 2010

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Violet's TV-director dad has traded a job in Vancouver for one in Los Angeles, their run-down house for a sleek ranch-style home complete with a pool, and, worst of all, Violet's mother for a trophy wife, a blonde actress named Jennica. Violet's younger sister reacts by bed-wetting, and her mother ping-pongs from one loser to another, searching for love. As for Violet, she gets angry in ways that are by turns infuriating, shocking, and hilarious.

When her mother takes up with the unfortunately named Dudley Wiener, Violet and her friend Phoebe decide that they need to take control. If Violet's mom can't pick a decent man herself, they will help her snag George Clooney.

In Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, Susin Nielsen has created a truly original protagonist in Violet and a brilliant new novel that will delight readers into rooting for her, even when she's at her worst.
Gemini Award-winner SUSIN NIELSEN has written sixteen episodes of the hit television show Degrassi Junior High and four of the books in the Degrassi series. She is the co-creator and showrunner of the critically acclaimed television series Robson Arms. She also adapted Susan Juby's Alice, I Think into a TV series. Susin Nielsen lives i...
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Title:Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My MomFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 7.94 × 5.65 × 0.81 inPublished:August 10, 2010Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887769772

ISBN - 13:9780887769771

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! Well written with good heart and realistic characters. Captures feelings realisticly and expresses nice family and relationship themes.
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book This book was amazing I highly recommend to any reader.
Date published: 2013-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignant & Witty Reason for Reading: I am fond of the publisher, the cover caught my attention and the summary sounded original. It didn't hurt that the word "George Clooney" was in the title either! What an amazing little gem of a book! I absolutely giggled with delight as I read about Violet's dilemma and what lengths she goes to. Converse-wearing 12 yo Violet's parents have been divorced for two years. Her TV producer father left them for a trophy wife, who was expecting twins and off they moved to LA. Violet's mom took it hard and spent the first 6 mos. going through a change, pierced navel, drinking too much wine but she got out of her slump and took up the single life with a passion, always dating, looking for the new Mr. Right. Only problem is the men are all losers. Cheaters, married, kid haters, cheapskates, etc. and Violet knows her mom can do better. She's even been known to spy on the boyfriend with her best friend Phoebe, looking out for her mom's best interests. But when her mom starts to seriously date Dudley Wiener Violet knows it's time to intervene and since her mom actually met George Clooney years ago when she worked on-set doing hair touch ups and had a personalized photo of him, Violet plans a campaign to get Clooney to meet her mother again and perhaps she will be the one who will break his rule that he will never get married again. The story deals with some serious issues but is light-hearted and hilarious. Violet has an attitude, and understandably so. She outwardly hates her father for his desertion of her and her little sister, she is protective of her little sister and feels she needs to watch out for her mom, while at the same time she has sworn off boys/men altogether except that oh, so cute Jean-Paul has started paying attention to her. Not a popular kid at school, she's mostly a loner but she isn't one to let other's push her around so she's often getting into trouble both at home and at school. She punches the most popular girl at school in the nose when she calls her mom a sk*nk, she disses a 5 yo girl in her sister's after school daycare when she calls Rosie dumb, she allows her two half-sisters to eat cat poo and she has a phone conversation with her dad only responding with Magic 8 ball answers. These are just some of the antics you can expect from Violet, but none of it is done mean-spiritedly. I fell in love with Violet right from the beginning. It's tough for Violet getting used to her Dad's glamourous LA lifestyle and new family and adjusting to her own new middle class life that may just include a dumpy, balding man called Dudley Wiener. But through it all, with the help of her eccentric but youthfully understanding mother, her mother's best friend, her own best friend, her psychiatrist parents and yes even, her dad, his new wife and Dudley she gets through this tense, hurtful stage of her life. Susin Nielsen has written a book that is both poignant and witty. This was a can't put down book for me that I read quickly and yet didn't want it to end. It would be fun to meet Violet again sometime as she seems to be the type of person who will be up to antics all her life, whether she starts them or they happen to her. Lovely book, Violet is a memorable character in literature that will stay fondly with me.
Date published: 2010-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and Heartwarming! Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom is not the type of the YA novel I usually get the chance to read because protagonists as young as Violet don't always appeal to me... but I'm so so glad I did read this one! Right from the get-go, as soon as I read the title in fact, I knew I was going to like this novel. I mean, doesn't its name already put a smile on your face? It certainly did for me... and that smile grew on my face as soon as I read the very first line. "For the record: I did not mean to send my two half sisters to the emergency room." Please, it almost had me begging to find out what happened. (And no, I'm going to tell you! You'll just have to read it. *insert evil laugh*) Ever since Violet's director father upped and left their family to live the good life in LA complete with his own new family, Violet's mother has been on the dating scene... with not so great results. So when Violet learns her mother has started dating Dudley Wiener, she decides enough's enough and vows that no one would be perfect for her mother except, you guessed it, George Clooney. Violet is the kind of girl that anyone could easily relate with and some of her antics had me actually laughing out loud. Her Magic 8 Ball conversations were a blast to read and the level of protectiveness she feels for her younger sister and mother, going so far as to even spy on her mother's boyfriends, is just so endearing. She's the kind of character who tells things for what they are and isn't afraid to go after what she wants. Nielsen's writing is fresh and fun, keeping the tone of the novel light yet knowing how to get a bit serious when the time comes. Violet may be a little troublemaker with a snarky attitude (which borders on being cynical at times), but she's still a young girl who simply misses her father and wishes things would be normal again. Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom is a hilarious read that will have you cheering for Violet every step of the way... I know I did. You can also check out the review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2010/08/dear-george-clooney-please-marry-my-mom.html
Date published: 2010-08-09

Editorial Reviews

WINNER - 2012 Rocky Mountain Book Award“Nielsen (Word Nerd) has created a narrator as sassy and candid as this memorable novel’s title…. Nielsen skillfully balances her story’s keen humor…with poignancy. Especially affecting are Violet’s struggles to accept her father’s new family….” —Starred Review, Publishers Weekly“Laugh-out-loud humor deftly mixes with insight into a troubled girl’s pain over her parents’ divorce…. Nielsen has real talent for comedy, zoning in on just the right level of snark…. This comic novel scores.”—Kirkus Reviews“…Violet is a complex, appealing character whose intimate, lively first-person narrative, both droll and heartfelt, discusses classmate conflicts and crushes as well as her insecurities and her gradual acceptance of what she can and cannot control. Violet’s growth and authentic range of emotions … ring true in this very engaging read.”—Booklist