Reviews

  • "My Messed-Up Life is another funny, well-observed story from Susin Nielsen... it's a bouncy read with characters to whom readers will soon feel a strong attachment."

    BookTrust
  • "Sassy and candid... Especially affecting are Violet’s struggles to accept her father’s new family and her devotion to both her mother and Rosie. A bonus: Clooney makes a cameo"

    starred review, Publishers Weekly
  • "Nielsen has created a story that is both funny and touching and well worth the read. Highly recommended"

    CM Magazine
  • "Laugh-out-loud humor deftly mixes with insight into a troubled girl’s pain over her parents’ divorce, keeping readers involved on every page … This comic novel scores"

    Kirkus
  • "...warm, funny and highly engaging."

    The School Librarian
  • "This hilarious book is fast-paced and witty, but beneath the laughs, Violet is a pre-teen struggling with the complexities of her parent’s relationships."

    Inis Reading Guide
  • "Violet is a complex, appealing character ... a very engaging read"

    Booklist
  • "A lot of cleverness and fun ... Some delectable secondary characters (and) a couple of lovely plot twists ... Buy it"

    National Post