Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom

Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom

by Susin Nielsen

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887769788
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 855,080
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

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 in Vancouver with her husband, Goran, son, Oskar, and Sam the cat.

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Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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Annesanse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dear George Clooney was a quick, fun read. The story is about Violet whose parents had divorced a few years earlier. 12 year old Violet is bitter toward her father for leaving and frustrated with her mother's "serial dating" and poor taste in men. Violet begins acting out toward those around her and decides to take matters into her own hands by writing to George Clooney on behalf of her mother. While she waits for a response, she sets to sabotaging her mother's current relationship.While I did enjoy this cute story, so many things that happened were just so far-fetched and quite unrealistic. However, the lessons Violet learns are important ones. I imagine this might be helpful to kids in similar situations to the one Violet is in.
TZacek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this adorable middle-grade novel in one sitting on a nice lazy Saturday in the sun. It is the perfect summer read for 10-14 year old girls. Snarky Violet is furious with her father for leaving her erratic mother for some large-breasted trophy wife. Now that dad and wife #2 have perfectly blonde twin girls and mom is on new relationship #48564 (his name is Dudley Wiener... GAG!), Violet is feeling replaced on all sides. She thinks her mother deserves a better replacement then nerdy Mr. Wiener, despite the fact that he is good to her mom. Someone more handsome, better dressed, classier... someone like... George Clooney. And the plus is that mom already met him on a movie set a few years back! Violet writes to Mr. Clooney, encouraging him to try dating her mother. Will he respond? Who will mom choose? Fraught with antics like this and others, Dear George Clooney is a funny, simple read that is entertaining throughout. Violet's voice reads true to her age and her sarcasm and wit had me chuckling. Enjoy!
kimpiddington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think children of divorced parents will relate to the frustration Violet feels when her dad abandons their family and her mother begins to date a string of strange characters. I loved the narrator-she was sassy & funny.
bookalover89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very touching, funny, and poignant novel of how far one girl will go to find that perfect man for her mom! I love it!
JMBridger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel that takes place in Vancouver and Los Angeles. A story about a girl's struggle of fitting in and adjusting after her parents' divorce. Funny and well written.
LynnB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Violet is a twelve year old trying to deal with her parents' divorce -- and Dad's remarriage to a trophy wife who has provided her with twin half-sisters. Violet is not happy with the men her Mom's been dating and sets out to find the perfect man -- none other than George Clooney.This is a young adult novel, so the plot unfolds without many surprises for the adult reader. But the writing is light and humourous and the characters are well developed and engaging. A fun read!
notredameya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Recently nominated for Red Maple 2011, funny and heart-warming story about teen dealing with parents' divorce and new relationships.
Euphoria13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have you ever started reading a book and you instantly know that you're going to love it? That is exactly what happened to me when I started to read this book. Also, don't you just hate it when you discover such an awesome book, that you can't get your thoughts straight? I have so much to say about this book, that I hope to explain in this review. Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom has become one of my favorite reads of this year! And we're still in January! It has also become one of my favorite books. Everything about this book was simply awesome. The characters, story, writing, all of it was fantastic. Susin Nielsen is a fantastic writer! I am definitely going to keep an eye out for this author because her writing is awesome and I'm sure whatever book she is working on next, will be excellent. To start off, I absolutely LOVED the characters, especially Violet! She was such an awesome protagonist, especially the fact that she was such a REAL character. I felt like I was reading a real teenager's thoughts instead of a fictional character. A lot of girls can relate to Violet. She's funny, misunderstood, and at times a bit of a trouble maker. Now what teenage girl doesn't have one of these three traits? As soon as I started reading this book, I was immediately smiling because of what she was saying "For the record: I did not mean to send my two half sisters to the emergency room." Tell me that line doesn't bring a smile to your face? The bond between her and her best friend was wonderful, they really did seem like best friends, even when they started to argue. The relationship that she has with her mom and dad was really humorous! Specifically towards her Dad because of how she felt about him after the divorce. The way that she would try to ignore him or when she was forced talk to him really made me laugh. Violet was also never afraid of getting in trouble or trying to obtain her goal, which was to set her mom up with the famous actor George Clooney. It was all of these things that really made me like her. Not to mention her wicked awesome shoes that are shown on the cover! (I would love to get myself a pair!)As for George Clooney, the way that he was incorporated into the story was a really cool idea. When I first got this book for review, I wasn't so sure if him being placed in this story would work out so well but I was definitely surprised when I saw that it worked great with the story. Although the whole plot of book is about Violet trying to set her Mom up with him, he wasn't the center point of the book and I believe that it made a difference with the way the story was told.I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good laugh or who wants to get lost in a good story. You will love this book! GO AND GET YOURSELF A COPY!!
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 skank, 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.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. As a teacher I run across so many kids whose parents have split up and they all handle it differently. Violet and Rosie are the victims in this story. Their father is a film director and their mother was a former hairstylist to the stars. When dad decides to ditch mom for a new blonde bombshell he is also ditching his kids. Five year old Rosie handles this by beginning to wet the bed at night and Violet just gets angry. To make matters worse, when they visit at Christmas time her dad, step-mom and two-year old twins have moved into a beautiful house complete with pool. Violet compares it to the run down place they live in back in Vancouver. She is only there for twenty four hours when she and Rosie are sent back home. Why? She feeds her step-sisters cat poo. At home Violet and Rosie are introduced to the newest in a line of loser boyfriends her mom has had. A guy with a loser name, Dudley Wiener. Violet decides she has to find her mom a new husband and sets her eyes on George Clooney because her mother had at one time met him.This was a fun book to read. Some of the antics were hilarious. The spying on mom's new boyfriend and the way he hung in there. As a teacher and adult I was horrified to find myself siding with the girls when Rosie repeatedly bites a girl in daycare or when Violet has it out with "Thing One" at school. However, the human side of me said these other people deserved it. If you want to know what I am talking about you must pick up this book and read it. I can't wait to recommend it to my students. It is one of the funniest books with a heart I have read in a long time and can't wait to see what else this author puts out.
sydamy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story about a 12 year old girl dealing with the divorce of her parents. Her dad has moved to LA with wife number two, and after seeing her mom going through many bad dates decides she needs to take action. Only one person is good enough for her mom, George Clooney. While trying to deal with her feelings toward her dad, she must also deal with school and friends and her first feelings toward love. A light, fun approach was taken on this potentially dark topic, and was told from the point of view of the 12 year old Violet. A cute book, but probably most appreciated by the younger teen group (12-14), it is filled with current pop culture references and speaks directly to them.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize when I got this book through an early reviewer program that it was a style of YA/kidlit I don't favor, so I'll try to be generous.The main character's mother is dating again (ugh) after her divorce. Naturally, she keeps going after the wrong people. If she's not going to take their father back (and admittedly, the guy married his mistress, that's not going to happen), she should at least pick somebody better than all the losers!Really, the plot goes where you expect: Mother's latest loser isn't so bad, Protagonist makes her peace with her parents, a few funny things happen, and we all learn something. I don't see this one as being any more memorable than most of the books out there for kids, but that's not a bad thing - it's middle-of-the-road.
Readermom68 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's a spot an story of how one young girl tries to deal with the break-up of her parents marriage and the things that follow like step-parents, half-siblings and parental dating. It's poignant but also really funny. The main character, Violet, is right on the edge of being over the top, but Ms. Nielsen did a wonderful job of reining her in so that while her antics cause you to shake your head, they aren't so out there as to not be believeable. Kids and adults both will root for Violet as she tries to find a way through the maze of emotions and loyalties that the break-up of a family leaves behind.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I liked the realness of this novel. From the subject matter, to the honesty of the characters, to the characters themselves, I could see this novel being played out right before in my eyes as I read it. Violet’s father has had an affair and moves out, leaving his two daughters and his wife behind. Suddenly, Violent and her sister Rosie have another family in California as their father has remarried and has moved on with his life. With a new wife and twin daughters, the girls travel from Canada to California to be with their father but its twelve- year old Violet who is furious at her father for his affair. Life at home without their father is not the same and Violet takes out her anger while in California visiting her father, their trip is shortened. The feelings and thoughts are sincere and valid as Violet tries to handle the adjustments to her new life. Everything she feels and thinks, she has a right to own them. I really enjoyed Violets relationship with her sister and her girlfriend, they each meant something special to her and they showed us a part of Violet that was important to the novel. I thought the reference to the Magic Eight Ball that the author included in the novel, was fun. I feel that this novel is one a great novel for children and one that many children could relate to. It might even be used to open up some meaningful conversations dealing with the issues that the author addressed inside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it would be a lighthearted read but it is dark and boring at many times
pattygirlPB More than 1 year ago
Made me smile from page one. A fast read full of comedy and pathos.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Violet is mad at the world, or at least at her mom for making poor choices (in Violet's mind) when it comes to boyfriends, at her dad for leaving the famiy to marry a blond bimbo, and at George Clooney for not writing back to her. Violet's mom met George years ago and Violet thinks a letter asking George for a date, on behalf of her mom, is a way to get rid of the most recent bad potential stepdad--Dudley Wiener. There are many laugh-out-loud moments but Violet did rub me the wrong way a few times. Does a tween really spend her life obsessing about the perfect stepfather? Would a tween really feed her half-sisters the disgusting item that Violet presented to the twins? Some children of divorce will identify with the anger and confusion of the protagonist. Teen girls will revel in the naughtiness.
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This book is amazing, one of the best books I have ever read in my life..I am hoping/waiting for a second series for this book. I did not want to finish this book because it is so amazing, I never wanted it to end. Great job Susin Nielsen!(:
banana_girl30 More than 1 year ago
I am 12 and its the best book i got it yesterday in the stores and just finished it at 6am! its funny and since i'm a kid i know all kids will love this!
Julia Fahey More than 1 year ago
freind read it out loudin the library.... it was really good bu can get a little gross some times but its very funny.