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Review: Trauma Queen

April 22, 2011

Marigold’s mother marches to the beat of a different drummer; she’s what many people would refer to as a free spirit.   Marigold didn’t mind it too much when she was younger, but once she hit middle school and her mother’s antics caused her family to move and affected one of her friendships, Marigold has had enough.

Things don’t start out right with this latest move so Marigold is determined to keep her mom out of her life.  Of course her mother has other ideas – she’s decided to become a PTA mom.  Marigold is frantic because she wants to keep her mom away from her friends but she doesn’t want to hurt her mom’s feelings.

Trauma Queen by Barbara Dee is a wonderful middle grade reader that is sure to delight young girls!  What kid can’t relate to being embarrassed by one of their parents?  Poor Marigold – it’s bad enough that she was named after a flower, why does she have to have a performance artist mother too?  Marigold’s mother really has her daughter’s best interest at heart, but sometimes it doesn’t seem that way to Marigold.  Even though Marigold’s mother is a little over the top, I think a lot of kids will relate to the way she makes her daughter feel.  Marigold is a great character – she just wants to go unnoticed and fit in.

I love the fact that Trauma Queen explores themes of family and friendship, both important issues for middle grade readers.  I also like the fact that none of the characters are perfect, and the adults, as well as the kids, grow as the story progresses.  The suggested age range for this book is 9 to 13 and it will certainly appeal to girls that age.

Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2011 6:30 am

    Oh the embarrassment girls that age feel over their parents anyway. To add the performance artist persona on top of that . . . poor Marigold.

  2. Diane permalink
    April 22, 2011 6:31 am

    I love the title of this one. Sounds like a fun beach read.

  3. April 22, 2011 6:55 am

    Haha cute! And I ADORE the cover. I still promise that I’ve embarrassed my mother far more than she’s ever managed to embarrass me. ;O)

  4. April 22, 2011 8:41 am

    I think every child goes through this embarrassment thing at some point, so I think middle grade readers would probably get a lot out of this book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it with us. It sounds like a fund read!

  5. April 22, 2011 8:56 am

    Are you and Julie doing this on purpose?!!!!! :–)

  6. April 22, 2011 9:40 am

    I completely agree with your thoughts. I loved the book too!
    Marigold is such a lovable character.

  7. April 22, 2011 10:07 am

    Poor Marigold, I liked your comment.

  8. April 22, 2011 10:13 am

    I love books like this. My mom embarrassed me on a regular basis when I was younger. Love the cover as well!

  9. April 22, 2011 10:16 am

    I have great feeling about this book since I totally understand the thought of embarrassed with my own parent. But I know they were actually trying to be protective of me. =)

  10. April 22, 2011 11:42 am

    Lol, it sure sounds like a fun one :)=

  11. April 22, 2011 12:22 pm

    This sounds like a fun book. I’m going to have to tell The Girl about it because it sounds right up her alley.

  12. April 22, 2011 2:45 pm

    This book sounds adorable. I can think of a couple of cousins I should buy this for!

  13. April 22, 2011 4:34 pm

    I’ve seen reviews of this one popping up quite a bit in the past couple of weeks. It sounds like a really great book!

  14. April 22, 2011 5:07 pm

    Thanks, everybody! If you read this with your tween girls, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  15. April 22, 2011 5:35 pm

    I adore this book, and because I was feeling superior as a mother I made the same huge mistake as the pajama day madness. I sent Addie to school on what I thought was crazy sock and shoe day… however it was the DAY BEFORE crazy sock and shoe day.

  16. April 22, 2011 6:47 pm

    Sounds so good and I know a lot of girls who will want to read this one.

  17. April 22, 2011 7:13 pm

    How cute! I think I would have loved this book when I was young!

  18. April 22, 2011 7:25 pm

    The book sounds great and I really enjoyed the author guest post for this one too. I just love the title and the cover!

  19. April 23, 2011 11:25 am

    Wait, you mean it’s *not* a mother’s job to embarrass her daughter!?

    My younger daughter is almost 9, just the right fit for this book. Thanks for the review, Kathy.

  20. April 23, 2011 1:04 pm

    Hmmmm sounds like a good one for a trip down memory lane with my own mom.

    I laughed about the “mother’s job to embarrass” …. sounds like me when I’m with my boys. Oh well… suffer they must 😉

  21. April 23, 2011 2:42 pm

    I came across this book on Booking Mama and she loved it too. Will need to take a note of it for my daughter,our family drama queen!

  22. April 23, 2011 8:33 pm

    Booking Daughter is starting this one now and I can’t wait to hear what she thinks. She is a huge fan of Ms. Dee’s.

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