This week’s post is a book review on one of my childhood favourite author’s brand new book, My Mum Tracy Beaker. We all grew up watching the TV show or reading the books, and in this latest installment, Jacqueline Wilson mixes children’s books with adult in this beautiful story about life, struggles and true family.
Tracy has returned, hand in hand with her daughter Jess, she’s ready to make her childhood dreams come true.
Jess and Tracy Beaker are the perfect team. They do everything together.
Jess thinks Tracy is the best mum ever, even when she shouts at her teachers! Tracy has made the perfect home for Jess, leaving The Dumping Ground far behind her. Yes, their flat’s a bit mouldy. It’s only just big enough for two. And the Duke Estate is a bit scary. But it’s their happy home.
Until Sean Godfrey, Tracy’s rich boyfriend, whisks them away to his mansion, life of fast cars and celebrity stardom.
Will Jess’s brilliant mum turn into a new person altogether?
And will Tracy realise that her childhood dream might not be what she needs after all?
I didn’t know I needed this book until I realised it was a thing! I loved reading Jacqueline Wilson’s books when I was younger and I watched a lot of Tracy Beaker on TV. I loved the show and the books, but was always worried about what Tracy would grow up like.
Yes, she has her issues, but Tracy is herself. And when Sean Godfrey (Football) comes into the picture, she seems to change her persona to please, because a fancy life is all that she’s ever wanted and all that she made up to tell other people. It doesn’t come as a surprise that she behaves this way and I can completely understand why she is behaving the way she is, even though Jess doesn’t. But in the end, Tracy will always be herself and stick up for her and Jess.
It’s actually a very witty book because all Tracy wants is a flash house and an amazing car and someone to pay attention to her; she is willing to be with someone who doesn’t really love her in order to give her child the life she always wanted. She thinks she’s doing what’s best for Jess when really, she is only doing what she’s doing because of her upbringing.
What I loved about this book was how I was reading it yet I didn’t feel like a child at all. I felt like it was right to be reading about Tracy and because I’m the age I am now, I feel like I can relate to both Tracy and Jess.
Wilson is extremely clever with how she writes and markets her books. I don’t by any means agree with how she spews out books every five minutes, but she writes about taboo subjects in a way that children can relate to. When I was young, I found comfort in her books about child abuse and abandonment because it’s something I could relate to. Her books gave me hope.
Now, let’s talk about character development. Tracy hasn’t changed a bit, except for the fact she has a child to care for, someone else to think about other than herself. Jess is so sweet and the complete opposite of Tracy. But my favourite character will always be Cam. She’s the loving mum in the background cheering you on, giving you the space you need to make mistakes but comforting you with open arms when it all goes wrong. I love the fact Wilson has confirmed that Cam is gay, even without mentioning it, like it’s the norm – which it should be!!
If you loved Jacqueline Wilson books when you were little, then you’ll love this book because it seems to grow with the reader. Happy reading folks!
Until next time, love, Vee x