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.
A Greyhound of a Girlby Roddy Doyle
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle is a short book that sweetly explores the connections among four generations of women in a family. It jumps among the characters in time and in perspective. It also provided a few brief insights into the changing dynamics of the parent-child relationship as the child grows older. The dialogue was originally charming, but became innocuous, indistinctive, and tedious as the story progressed. Technically A Greyhound of a Girl is a middle grade book, but the pacing lends itself to an older reader; in fact, it may be the type of book that an adult likes rather than a young reader. Although the title captured my interest, the book failed to keep it.
Profanity/Language: 25 religious exclamations.
Note: Incidences of British use of "bloody" not tallied.
Violence/Gore: Character imagines a bloody personification; report of death by illness; report of a an animal being put down with the mention of blood.
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Alcohol / Drug Use:
General, incidental references to adults smoking and drinking.
Reviewed By Cindy