She paid the pharmacist and turned to embark on the well-worn walk of the teenager exiting the chemist bearing a product she neither wanted nor needed. p.131 ARCThis was definitely different from my usual YA fantasy fare. It was more like the books I read when I was a teenager. It's described on the back as in "the tradition of the Adrian Mole novels" and I got that impression right off. It was like a cross of Adrian Mole and Susan Juby's Alice, I Think.
The More You Ignore Me was very poignant. It was sad in places, and funny in others. Alice grows up in an odd life, with two parents around but her mom has mentally checked out. After an obsession with the local weatherman and an incident of nudity on the roof, her mom has been placed on a heavy course of drugs to tamp down on her schizophrenic tendencies (it's the 70's so the diagnoses is uncertain). Consequently, Alice tends to dampened down her emotions so though things happen to her, the book reads like it is far away from these events, like Alice is not really involved.
I enjoyed this book. I liked Alice and felt sorry for her whole family. I thought her mother's family was funny and was amused by her love of Morrissey. I liked her dad and I really wanted the best for everyone. This was a good read and I'm glad I got it.
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