Monday, June 04, 2012

REVIEW: Dads Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks by Ellie Phillips

I hadn't heard anything about Dads Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks by Ellie Phillips before it landed on my doorstep from the publisher. I really like it when that happens, going into a book free from expectation. And I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was sweet and fun and a great story about identity and family.  I absolutely raced through this book and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Especially everything hair-related!

Sadie Nathanson gets a huge shock when on her 15th birthday, she receives a birthday card signed by her 'dad.'  Feeling like it could be just bad joke from an ex-friend, Sadie decides to nip the joke in the bud anyway and track down her sperm donor father anyway, just so she'll know.  She enlists the help of her geeky cousin, Billy, and his equally geeky friend and goes for it. 

This was such a great story.  I felt really bad for Sadie, as she's struggling with who she is and frustrated that her mother won't tell her who her father is, she sets off on this quest to figure out her identity.  I really loved how great of a support network that Sadie has in place already, with her aunt and uncle so nearby and ready and willing to give her advice and be there for her.  Despite the falling out with a friend, Sadie also has her cousin and his friend around and she also vents to an online mate, which was cute and just what Sadie needed. 

The added hair calendar which Sadie takes as inspiration to give herself different hair styles everyday made things so much fun, and I was really laughing at some of Sadie's interactions with possible fathers.  It seemed as though things were veering into somebody already in Sadie's life possibly being her father and I was screaming 'nooooooo!' in my head furiously as I really wanted Sadie and her family unit to remain just as it is. Hopefully without spoiling anything, I will say that I'm very happy with the way things turned out.  I loved Sadie as a character and her sweet relationships with the people in her life and I wanted things to work out for her. 


  1. Lovely review - I totally agree! One of the things I loved about this book were the strong family ties in Sadie's life.

  2. The hair calendar was lots of fun in this book. I didn't love this one but I did enjoy it.

  3. This sounds like one I'll enjoy reading!


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