I won't give away the ending, but it was wonderful to watch Marigold grow and learn in this way; definitely brought back some tough memories of my own. In addition to the cast of amazing characters, I also loved the underlying theme of individuality that ran throughout the book. It's evident Marigold's mom is extremely focused on expressing yourself in whatever way you feel fits you, but she doesn't always understand her quiet daughter.
Marigold is quite the opposite of her mother, very even keel and not particularly flamboyant. She also is still at the age in life when you haven't decided who you are or what you want to be.
What am I saying? I still haven't figured that out with complete certainty. But for Marigold, she's still trying to figure out if there's even an extra-circular activity she loves. As the story continues she struggles to separate herself from her mother and be her own person. I loved how even though her mom and her didn't always see eye to eye, it was her mother that still encouraged her to try new things and be happy where ever she is even if her methods were a bit odd at times.
Trauma Queen is one of those reads that will appeal to readers across the board. You don't need to be ten years old or have a tween in your home to appreciate Barbara Dee's writing. Almost everyone will be able to relate to those feelings illustrated through Marigold as she fights to strike out on her own, even if your own mother was not quite so outlandish. Take a walk in Marigold's shoes and remember what it was like to feel like your parents are out to get your social standing with your peers.
For tween readers this story will be of great comfort, have them laughing through each chapter and possibly even learning to be a bit more forgiving when it comes to their own parents.
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Another favorite of mine from the fabulous author Barbara Dee. Apr 10, Gmr rated it really liked it Recommends it for: older children to adults. Shelves: hurr-michael-read-owned. With an easy flowing writing style, this book falls into the "quick read" category perfect for a weekend reminder of what being a family truly means. I saw a lot of my own mother in Ms. Bailey, ironically enough Her mother rushes to her rescue, just not quite the way Mari would have liked. You can see that her mother sincerely loves her With an easy flowing writing style, this book falls into the "quick read" category perfect for a weekend reminder of what being a family truly means.
You can see that her mother sincerely loves her but in all the embarrassment of the moment her eyes are blinded to her efforts. I think that happens a lot as we are growing up to each and every one of us. We love our parents but we never truly appreciate them for all that they do until time passes and we can see those old situations in a new light.
Grant it, they never truly shed their embarrassing undertones, but they do help us gain a new insight into the love shared within a family. Aside from the mother daughter aspect of the story that takes most of the center stage, there was much more to be pondered. On the fun side, I loved the theater aspects woven into the story. You really got a feel of what life as a performance artist would be like On a more serious note, I really appreciated the way that her friend Emma was portrayed.
Her feelings were really hurt by what happened and the fading away for a time was realistic to what might have occurred in real life should the same situation be encountered. Often times things of this nature are glossed over for the stories sake but here it was used as a lesson to be learned from and built upon.
Also, the family structure wasn't all good nor all bad. There was a real history of that initial spark and its being extinguished over time as well as fireworks not always the good kind upon future meetings. Again, it reflected real life and makes it that much more accessible to readers as it showed love in its many forms.
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In the end, it was a heart felt story about growing up and seeing your family for all its worth not just what you want it to be. Acceptance of all our supposed flaws for better or worse, and understanding that our parents more often than not are simply doing the best that they can. It's not like we were born with an instruction manual you know, though I'm certain they'd love it if we were.
Some are better prepared than others, but it doesn't mean that the "free spirit" can't be the parent of your dreams. Love goes a long way in healing those unintentional wounds caused by merely trying to get things right Recommended read for young readers through adults. It touches on issues of growing up and family from a realistic point of view without an inclusion of controversial topics or language.
Happy reading Sep 01, Sarah BT rated it it was amazing. About the Book: Marigold has spent her whole life being embarassed by her mother. Sure, kids are always embarassed by their parents, but for Marigold, it's different. Her mother is a performance artist, which means she's always doing crazy things in public and on stage-embarassing things like wrapping herself in saran wrap.
In fact, the last performance caused such a problem that Marigold is starting over at a new school yet again. She's trying to maintain her friendship with her BFF from her la About the Book: Marigold has spent her whole life being embarassed by her mother. She's trying to maintain her friendship with her BFF from her last school and make friends at her new one, but her mom isn't making it easy. Even worse, she's signed up to teach an improv class at Marigold's school!
Now Marigold has to keep her mom away from her new friends and try to save herself from any more trauma. She has the middle grade mindset down perfectly! Marigold is easily embarassed by her mom-what tween couldn't relate? But take that times ten and you have Marigold's embarassment. Sure, we see that some of the stuff her mom does isn't bad and she's actually quite good at teaching improv, but Marigold refuses to see that.
Like most tweens, she needs to discover for herself that her mom is fun instead of hearing it from her friends. The story took a bit to get going since the first part of the book spends a lot of time giving us backstory on what made Marigold have to move again. The author does a great job balancing this backstory with what's currently happening.
So while the story may take a bit to get to Marigold's mom teaching at school, it's never boring. It's also a quick read and one I'm sure tweens will devour. I also love that Ms. Dee has a knack for writing fun, eccentric characters.
Tweens are often so self concious about everything and it's great to see characters who have fun and make tweens think twice about caring what everyone around them thinks, what's popular, and what's fun. There's a bit of a romance between Marigold and a boy at school and Marigold has to deal with a mean girl who thinks she runs everything.
I love the way that Marigold learns to stand up for herself and I hope she gets other tweens to do the same. I was cheering for her! Trauma Queen is a cute tween novel with some deeper issues. It would be a great mother daughter bookclub read, since a lot of the story is based on Marigold's relationship with her mom. If you need a good tween novel, check out Barbara Dee! For more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books Middle grade title — Trauma Queen by Barbara Dee was a cute story about a tween girl growing up extremely embarrassed by her mother — shocking right?
Being embarrassed by your parents is something most everyone can relate to; even as we get older they can still manage to find a way to make us cringe. Her mom is a performance artist and does things such as wrapping herself in saran wrap for a piece on plastic surgery. Marigold is more than hurt when her moms dramatic performances hit close to home and affect her relationship with her best friend. Being a teen girl is rough and Marigold goes through a lot in a short period of time. Moving away from her best friend, starting a new school while trying to keep everyone from finding out about her moms art, just to name a few things.
Marigold has lessons to learn at both home and from the new friends she makes. Dee was able to express and portray the feelings and issues of being a teen pretty spot on. Her grandmother was just as a grandmother should be. Yes, you read that correctly.
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I had to smile each time her little sister talked. Dee made Marigold likeable and easy to relate to as we were a fly on the wall to Mari as she grew and changed from the first page to the last. If you ask me, the ending was perfect. Infused with the same humour and charm, Trauma Queen is an absolute joy to read. The story begins with Marigold's first day at her new school and on her mother's instruction she turns up in her pajamas. Unfortunately Pajama Day was a month earlier!
Marigold's mother is a performance artist and rather quirky - she seems to constantly embarrass and cause problems for Marigold, so when she gets a job Having read and loved This Is Me From Now On I jumped at the chance to review Trauma Queen. Marigold's mother is a performance artist and rather quirky - she seems to constantly embarrass and cause problems for Marigold, so when she gets a job at her new school , Marigold is rather alarmed.
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Will there be chaos or will Marigold start to see her mother in a different light? I love how Barbara Dee manages to combine humour with real issues, and create believable characters who I enjoy spending time with. Marigold is really likeable and fun.
You can understand why she finds her mother embarrassing, but at the same time you can see something in her mother that she doesn't see yet. I really liked her mother - I though her heart was always in the right place even if the way she went about things sometimes made them worse! And I loved her Gran.