Title: Millie Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever
Author: Eddie Owens
Shelves: Childrens; Young Adult; Humour
Format: eBook (131 pages)
Rating:★★★☆☆ 3.5 stars
Millie Hardiman is a thirteen year old from Bognor Regis, with a wild imagination, who dreams of becoming a writer.
When Millie’s scriptwriter Dad, Barry, has writer’s block, Millie becomes his muse for the daytime television soap, Double Top.
After her success on Double Top, Millie creates a Sci-Fi, teen drama, The Adventures of Martian Girl.
Millie falls in love for the first time with Wolf Van Der Beek, an arrogant, South African child actor.
This is a story about friendship, first love and growing up.
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Thirteen year-old Millie has the wildest imagination, and is always telling crazy, elaborate stories to the people in her hometown Bognor. With this creative skill set, she has dreams of becoming a writer, and looks up to adventurous authors such as Jack London. Millie’s father Barry is a script writer for TV show Double Top, and when he experiences writer’s block, he turns to his imaginative daughter for new ideas. After this success, Millie’s next project Martian Girl leads her to child actor Wolf Van Der Beek, and the two begin a romance. But does Wolf truly have feelings for Millie, or is he using her to boost his acting career?
Millie was obviously the brightest thing about this novel. She’s a great character – both because she’s hilarious and smart, but also because for the most part, she really does sound and behave like a thirteen year old girl. I must admit that I grew slightly frustrated with her behaviour and her stories, but overall I really liked her character. Millie’s friends, Penny and Chunk, were a great addition to the novel, but I wish their characters were fleshed out more. Gwen and Barry, Millie’s parents, were also pretty entertaining characters. I’ve read YA novels where the protagonist’s parents are practically non-existent, and I thought Millie’s close relationship with her parents was really sweet. Their interactions also added a lot of humour to the novel – both with each other and with their daughter. I found the funniest moments in the novel to be between Millie and her exasperated parents.
In terms of the novel’s plot, it was mostly light-hearted and fun, with great morals – especially for its younger audience. However, I feel like there were some big leaps ahead in the story, and it would have been interesting to actually read about them as opposed to being briefly told about them (i.e. the creation of Martian Girl, and Millie and Wolf’s relationship) I also think that the synopsis gives away too much of the plot of this novel.
I can’t remember the last time I read a children’s novel, and I had a lovely afternoon tucked away from the typically terrible English weather reading this lovely book.
Would I read this novel again: Yes!
Who would I recommend this novel to? Readers of any age looking for a funny, quick read!