Everyone hates the perfect family.
So you’ll love the Battles.
Meet Mo Battle, about to turn 50 and mum to two helpless, hormonal teenagers. There’s 17-year-old daughter Dora who blames Mo for, like, EVERYTHING and Peter who believes he’s quite simply as darling and marvellous as his hero Oscar Wilde. Somewhere, keeping quiet, is Dad . . . who’s just, well… Dad.
However, Mo is having a crisis. She’s about to do something unusually wild and selfish, which will leave the entire family teetering on the edge of a precipice. Will the family fall? Or will they, when it really matters, be there for each other?
This was the first book that i read on our epic adventure. I read it on the plane ride over to Beijing.
A Tiny Bit Marvellous is about the Battle family. Mo, the Mum, is a child psychologist and is practically starting a mid life crisis. Dora, the teenage daughter, is struggling with her relationship with her mother and navigating through her last year of high school. Peter/Oscar, the sixteen year old son, is very well to do. And then there is Husband/Dad. He is the rock of the family.
I’m not sure what i expected the book to be like however it wasn’t what I expected. If that makes any sense at all.
I enjoyed reading it and I was interested in the story however I did find that it was a bit disjointed. The book is written in diary entry formats and from the perspectives of all of the different characters. This was super interesting as you saw situations from all angles however if you have to be really careful that it flows properly, which i found it didn’t. It was quite eye opening as well.
The characters are what really make this book. They are developed really well over the entire length of the book and you truly get to know them.
Even though the pacing was steady, I did find in parts that my interest waned slightly. It was also slightly predictable.
Altogether I don’t know what to make of the book. I enjoyed it however found it lacking. The writing was unique however I’m not sure it worked.
Overall I would recommend this book however not highly. It was an interesting book to read while on the plane and it might appeal to those who like reading stories that explore inner thoughts with a bit of humour.