Review: Trauma Queen by Barbara Dee

“Completely adorbs and drastically funny. Trauma Queen is a riotous look at mother/daughter relationships.”

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Title:Trauma Queen
Author:Dee, Barbara
Publisher:Simon and Schuster
Pages:272

Simon and Schuster:Every tween girl knows what it’s like to have a mom who can be a little embarrasing at times. But for Marigold, it goes way beyond embarrassing. Marigold’s single mom is a performance artist, meaning she stages dramatic, wacky performances to express her personal beliefs. Things like wrapping herself in saran wrap for a piece on plastic surgery, or inviting people over in the middle of the night to videotape her sleeping. In fact, Marigold’s mom’s performances caused such a ruckus in their last town that the two of them, along with Marigold’s little sister, have just had to move. Now Marigold’s starting a new school, missing her best friend like crazy, and trying to fit in all over again in the shadow of a mom who’s famous for all the wrong reasons. As if that’s not bad enough, Marigold’s mom takes on a new job–teaching drama at Marigold’s school! Now all the kids know instantly just how weird her mom is, and Marigold’s worried she’ll never be able to have a friendship that can survive her mother.

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Oh Mari we so would have been BFFs. I loved everything about this book from the fabulous Barbara Dee. This book showed me that I made the perfect decision in adding more Middle Grade to my reading schedule. Trauma Queen was everything I knew it would be, smart, funny and completely a blast to read.

Marigold is completely mortified by her mother’s job as a performance artist. It was easy to sink into Mari’s mind and her precarious situation. She has to survive a new school without her bestie and even though her mom promised no more antics she completely reneges on her promise and starts a drama club just as Mari was starting to feel good about fitting in.

Grandma is amazing and little sister with her Prairie speak fascination is just completely adorbs.

I love Dee’s easy writing style and her conclusion to this novel. I wouldn’t change a thing!

Thank you to the author for sending me a review copy.

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5 Responses so far

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    I thought this book was terrific too! But I love all of Barbara Dee’s MG fiction.

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    Such a great review! So happy you liked it, Pam! Yay!

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    Middle grade is really a hit or miss with me (and mainly misses if I’m honest), but when I do love it, I really luuuuurrrvvveee it. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    I thought this book was so much fun! I adored Marigold and Becca!

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    I’m reading this right now and I love it too!! I’ll hopefully be finishing it up tonight. Great review!

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