“ Author: Kate Figes / Genre: Fiction / Publisher: Pan Books „
What About Me? shows life in a busy household with noisy and opinionated children. It is written from 2 different points of view; one from Sue, a mother and GP, the other from Frankie, a 14 year old adolescent. Sue writes in emails to her sibling in Australia, Frankie writes to her diary.
This novel covers the trials and tribulations of bith Frankie and Sue at very different points in their lives coinciding together.
Frankie is concerned with boys, clothes, topshop, her phone, her parents not letting her do as she wishes and her little sister annoying her. Sue is concerned with ensuring her marriage lasts, a new baby, her other daughter (Lola, 10).
Sue is concerned at Frankies increasingly rebellious daughter, and is at her wits end with Frankies behaviour until a major incident puts everything into perspective and events regain some sense of normality.
Personally I was hooked by this novel. I couldn't put it down, and neither could my sister. I found myself sympathising with Sue at the beginning of the novel at the childishness of Frankie wanting to fit in with her peers, wanting their approval and respect. Also she has little respect for her mother, but this is based on a purely materialistic view. At the end of the novel I then found myself marvelling at the maturity she gains throughout the novel by putting inmore effort at school, treating her mother with the respect she gains for her mother as a person, the amount of work Sue puts in so that she can run a house, look after 3 children and well as upholding her career as a doctor.
Published by Pan books, in 2004.
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Sue is a forty-six year old GP, mother of two, wife of one. Frankie is her elder daughter, just fourteen, ready to start out in life. The pair are diametrically opposite in years and energy, yet both teeter on the brink of the next big thing. For Sue, forty-six meeting fourteen is where menopause matches adolescence, anxiety is a mother's middle name, and the new best thing is going to bed. And Frankie? She's thrown off the sugar and spice chrysalis, is surgically attached to her mobile phone, and is learning about boys, padded bras and the absurdities of her parents. Nothing in common? Well, for starters weight worries, man troubles and a shared desire to break free of the shackle that is home. Oh, and their emails and diaries...Wickedly funny, perceptive and at times very tender, "What About Me?" is a wonderful portrait of real life in an average household, sure to strike a familiar chord with mothers and daughters everywhere.