30 April 2012

Review: A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle

A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle


Expected Publication: 1 May 2012 by Amulet Books

Pages: 208 (Hardcover)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Paranormal


Source: Publisher for review

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Synopsis


Mary O'Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can't let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary's street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny's own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.



My Thoughts

I love the Irish - who doesn't?  So when I saw this book about a young girl and ghosts in Ireland, I knew I had to read it.

A Greyhound of a Girl is the story of Mary, her mother, her grandmother and a ghost.  I loved Mary - her  cheeky attitude made me smile over and over again.  Her mother, Scarlett was also endearing with her particularly enthusiastic way of speaking.

As a ghost story, this isn't a scary or creepy book, and nor is it aiming to be.  Instead it is a sweet tale of a girl and her family, and her family's past.  With flashbacks to the childhoods of Mary's mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, the interaction between the characters at different stages of their lives was enchanting and was easily imaginable as real scenes being played out across the span of years.

The pacing of the book is relaxed, with a large amount of dialogue, which fits perfectly with the story.  I read this book over 3 or 4 hours and ended with a smile on my face - it really is a sweet, feel-good story, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone!

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