Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: How To Get Dirt

How To Get Dirt

How To Get Dirt

By S.E. Campbell

Blurb: Pickles Bartley has always wanted one thing–to have a family of her own. In foster care since the age of three, she’s had more than her fair share of bad homes. There’s no way she is about to give up her new home with Miranda and David; she is determined to have them adopt her–even if it means following her friend Prudence’s advice: “You have to be ready and form a plan if you want them to keep you.” So they do. In one of her old foster homes, Prudence blackmailed her foster father when she caught him kissing a pretty woman. Pru-dence insists that Pickles does the same in a four step operation called “How to Get Dirt.”
Genres: Juvenile, Realistic Fiction
Published: April 15, 2013
Series: N/A
Similar: the Great Gilly Hopkins; The Pinballs
My Rating: 2 stars
I gave this the  below average rating because I feel like the author could have done so much with this kind of plot, but the story itself was underwhelming.

Pickles was just not a likeable character. She was too perfect for me. I thought tht her character would have more of a The Great Gilly Hopkinsor The Pinballs feel, but she was not at all like them. She was a bit of a Mary Sue.

Also, it was very, very, short. She spends about a fifth of the book actually trying to 'get dirt', and it's the very last part. Considering that this book is around 100 pages, the book really isn't about 'trying to get dirt'. It's more general than that. And the plot feels rushed because of the shortness.

All together, I was not a huge fan of How To Get Dirt. Some people will surely enjoy this story, but it was not one that I loved.

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