Review: The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones

Blurb

Hello! My name is Edie Eckhart and I’m eleven years old. I’m a little bit different. I have a disability called cerebral palsy, so I talk slowly and fall over a lot. It’s never really bothered me because I’ve never known anything else.

Edie Eckhart is Excited with a capital E to start secondary school with her best friend Oscar – the fish to her chips, the bananas to her custard. But when she and Oscar are put into different tutor groups on their first day, Edie is devastated. Who will play secret hangman with her in class? Who will she eat sausage rolls with?

But while she’s plotting her reunion with Oscar, she accidentally gets cast as the lead in the school play. As Edie discovers a passion for performance, she also finds new friendships, talents, and dreams. After all, it’s easy to shine on and off the stage when you’re Amazing with a capital A.

A sparky middle grade series from TV comedian Rosie Jones. Perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Dork Diaries.

Review

Where to start?!

The writing of Edie is great, she is so funny and confident. Her ‘voice’ is perfect for an 11 (nearly 12!!) year old. She is carefree, strong, and not held back because of her disability. She does seem to fly off the handle a little, but, she admits when she is wrong and apologises! She expresses the common thoughts and emotions of young people starting Secondary School and the changes they encounter. We see Edie begin to grow up and find herself, her strengths, and her place in life, realising that actually, she doesn’t need to be like everyone else or necessarily fit in. She discovers new hobbies, friends, and love interests.

I love that the book is written in diary format, it feels like you are right there experiencing it all with Edie and not just viewing her life from a distance. The story is laugh-out-loud funny, with great one-liners and comments that make you think ‘yep, because it’s TRUE’! There is just the right amount of angst and cringe, it is fully relatable to teens/pre-teens.

I would recommend this book for everyone, including parents/teachers/adults of all kinds. There are excellent jokes that will make you giggle too, Clare Balding and Alan Carr both feature (lol), you’ll have to read the book to find out more!

The book contains excellent disability, LGBTQ, young carer, and sausage roll/pizza/Maccy D’s representation throughout. Jokes aside, so many positive elements feature casually and as the norm (as in life, and as it should be). This is exactly the kind of writing we need for children today, funny, bold, inclusive.

Recommend for all aged 8 and over! Will be getting a copy for our school library!

Author Bio

Rosie Jones is a British stand-up comedian who has written for multiple panel shows, and has appeared as a guest on The Last Leg, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and Hypothetical. Rosie often incorporates her cerebral palsy into her comedic style. She was awarded second place in the Leicester Mercury’s New Comedian of the Year in 2018, and her star has been on the rise ever since. Rosie has written for Sex Education and hosts the podcast Daddy Look at Me with Helen Bauer. Rosie can’t wait to be a children’s author – Jaqueline Wilson is her personal hero!

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