Sunday, 7 September 2014

REVIEW - Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson

The Book
Release Date: 1 March 2007
Goodreads Link

No. 176 - The BIG Read

April knows she was found in a dustbin fourteen years ago as a new-born baby. And now she's fairly happily settled with her foster mother, Marion. But she's desperate to recall what happened in the intervening years, and to see if she can find out where she really came from in the first place. A highly moving but very accessible novel, in Jacqueline Wilson's unique, acclaimed and adored style.

My Opinion  3 STARS
We meet April on her 14th birthday which is April Fools day. She was found in the bins behind a pizza place with no clothes, no nappy and no note. Just abandoned.

This book would be good for 12 years old onwards however at times April does seem quite childish for her age even with what she has been through.

The first half of the book is mainly reminiscing back to the days before she was about 5. How she was found abandoned and by who, how she was adopted but things didn't end up going very well. 

It was her own mini autobiography where another girl doesn't realise whats she has until she goes through the day and finds that she isn't going to get all her answers and that perhaps she is a little selfish.

Loved the ending with Frankie though, thought that was very sweet. We also see Elaine the social worker from Tracy Beaker and Tanya from Bad Girls.

Still as an adult, not a book I will be reading again, but I can see why the younger teenagers would like it.

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