Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Serafina67 *urgently requires life*, by Susie Day

OMG, this book was really cute and funny. I found it in the library on the Treasure Trove shelf (where else?) and started looking through it. Basically, it read like the blog of a 15-year-old girl who lives in England and has a lot to talk about. There were much misspellings and internet shorthand, or "IM-speak", but for a person who has been blogging for well over a year, it was easy for me to read.

I actually took quite a long time to read this, because I wasn't sure if I really wanted to check it out, with all the typical teenager drama there might be in it, so I only read it in installments whenever we came to the library. Eventually though, I felt it was okay for me to take it back home and finish it up (it only took one sitting 0,o).

So here's the story. Serafina67, a newbie blogger on ULife, decides she wants to have a few resolutions for the new year: Be completely honest and post almost every day, become skinnier (she has a slight weight problem), make her parents happier (they're divorced and Dad has a new girlfriend who he'll marry soon), make blog friends, and get a boyfriend. All these things she must accomplish before April 22nd, her magic Happiness Deadline date. It's not her birthday, but it's special to Serafina for another reason.

It's a little episodic, but only in the way that an actual blog in real life is episodic, so it was fine with me. The posts were even followed by comments, when there were any, so it felt like I was actually keeping up with an actual person. I loved that! The blog author herself, Serafina, is funny and intellectual, a little wild and self-deprecating at times, but really a character you could pretty much relate to. I enjoyed the fact that she wanted to write stories, or VTNs (Very Thrilling Novels). I don't know if she wanted to really go anywhere with them, because she kept dropping her stories, but still.

In addition to Serafina, there is a great cast of other funny voices in her blog: her faithful commenters. There's Patchworkboy (who actually ends up being her boyfriend! ^_^) and Daisy13 and Frantastica and a whole range of others. It makes the blog-format of the story so much more complete and real with comments. It's a wild ride with many twists and surprises (but of course, what is life but a wild and unpredictable ride?), and at the end there's an especially shocking revelation that you would never have guessed at if you were following the story. The end is definitely my favorite part.

If you like reading blogs, then I do believe you will enjoy reading this thoroughly entertaining blog in physical book form. (It makes me wish that I could turn my own blog into an actual book. If anyone comments, would you know if this is possible?)

1 comment:

Rainy said...

That's actually really creative. You've heard of books in journal form, but never in blog form. I'll have to look out for that one.