Lily Alone By Jacqueline Wilson.
Time To Read- 4 Days.
When Mum goes off on holiday with her new boyfriend and her step dad fails to show up, Lily is determined to keep the family together and show they can cope without any grown-ups. But taking care of 6-year-old twins, her 3-year-old sister and the family's flat feels overwhelming and Lily is worried that school or social services might discover their situation and break up the family. What could be better than to take all the little ones for a camping adventure in the park? Plenty of space to run about, no carpet to vacuum, and surely no chance anyone will guess they're there . . .
Characters: 3 / 5
The characters in this book were a little two dimensional , which is to be expected from a book i borrowed from a younger sibling. I found Lily a little annoying and very bossy. She didn't feel like she could trust any adults, even ones she COULD trust. Telling an adult when you are in trouble is a lesson that every child should be taught by their mother.
And speaking of lily's horrible horrible mother, i mean who would leave their kids for two week so that they can go on holidays with a boyfriend half their age? I know you would love your mum no matter what but i really found that woman horrible to be constantly leaving lily, who i think is only 9 years old, to look after her siblings while she goes to the pub and to night clubs.
Lily's siblings were realistic sibling characters and were stereotypical young kids.
Plot: 3 / 5
The plot was entertaining but not action packed. The plot was different , i have not read a book where the children are abandoned and become homeless. But i felt this book was too similar to many other Jacqueline Wilson books and therefore was bland overall.
Writing style : 3.5 / 5
The writing in this book was simplistic and flowed easily. The book is written for the ages 9 and up , so this was to be expected before i began the book . It was easy to get into the book and the writing helped the plot have an entertaining edge.Overall a light and easy read. I think children should definitely read this book and it is, of course, a must-read for Jacqueline Wilson fans. As Jacqueline Wilson books were apart of my childhood i felt it necessary to read this book.
Overall Rating; 9.5 / 15
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Four star book.