Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Humor, School Life, Young Adult
Publisher: Random House Uk
Rating: 2 stars
Summary: Margaret “Cuckoo” Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her “Operation Happiness”. She’s determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters.
Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves “the Freakshow”) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and “bring the Nations together”. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling… until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.
(Summary taken from GoodReads)
My Opinion On The Book:
It’s not easy to talk about mental illness, not in real life nor in fiction…although for some is easier than for others.
When i picked this book up, i was ‘starving’ for some inspiring book to start the year. The book seemed cool, its illustrations are very attractive and all, but the story wasn’t at all what i expected.
The story is about a young girl that was hospitalized for a few days, she is ‘Cuckoo’, as her friends call her (it’s okay, because all her friends have hurtful nicknames) and now she has to deal with real life in high school.
To be completely honest, I didn’t really find the reason for her to have been hospitalized credible, not the amount of attention it got from her counsler and the people around her… that’s not how it happens in real life, come on!
As a person that suffers from mental illness, i know how difficult it is to deal with, which just made her plain complains seem false, and cliche, just for the sake of make her special between the most special kids in school…
Another thing, I know it was written as diary entries, but the supporting characters were there just because, they never did much… they didn’t develop at all. They were plain and boring.
Overall, the book is an easy read, nothing very terrible happens, it has a few cliches, but if you don’t mind that … maybe i read too much before reading this book,… maybe it wasn’t right for my age…
Argh! i don’t like giving bad reviews, but this book was just too annoying for me, it just bothered me a lot…
‘Til Next Time 😉