Review: Weirdos vs. Quimboids by Natasha Desborough


Cursed by the initials BUM, saddled with woolly liberal-minded hippies for parents and an UNDYING love for the Proper Real-Time HOT Felix Winters, BLOSSOM UXLEY-MICHAELS is a seething mass of sexual frustration and political confusion. But when she s invited to work on the school radio, Blossom s convinced her status is about to rocket from Weirdo to Winner . . .


When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade and Blossom has been given an entire field of lemon trees.  Her parents are hippie types that do naked moon dances, are veggies (which she very much isn’t), and have very bohemian ideas about life.  She’s a teenager at school and very much is in the not-popular-weirdo group.  Plus having a massive crush on the uber-popular Felix, dreams of having a mega successful rock band and being a “winner” is a lot to contend with.  

Told as a diary, Blossom goes on a journey with her best friend in the hope of climbing the school social ladder whilst there is drama happening at home, her other mate Walter is being a moody boy for no reason and the mean girls at school are making their lives hell.  This is probably one of the funniest books with a female lead character I’ve ever read.  It is a brutally honest insight into a teen girl’s brain from the grim aspects of periods to boob envy.  I couldn’t, no, I didn’t want to put this book down.  I snuck reads at work, found myself waking up early to read it and loved every bit.  It’s a bit out there in terms of her family but you completely buy into the idea and enjoy all the character’s eccentric ways.

In many ways this book is nothing like my teenage years and in many ways it’s almost exactly word for word how it happened.  I was sent Weirdos vs. Quimboids by the Catnip Books gang after an email saying that they were pretty sure I was going to love it and they had already put aside a copy with my name on it.  That’s a pretty bold statement, even if I were to say it myself.  My tastes in books change so much sometimes and a bit of a sleep-deprived week could mean I hate a book that normally I’d love.  I am most pleased to tell you now that even if I’d been caught in a black mental cloud I wouldn’t have been able to stop myself loving this book.  I laughed, I chuckled, I giggled and squirmed like there was no tomorrow.  

Weirdos vs. Quimboids s a REAL teen girl’s story and it’s got laughs and cringes on every page to lap up.  BUY IT.

Published by Catnip Books and is available from here and bookshops in October 2013


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