Swallowing Grandma

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Swallowing Grandma

Swallowing Grandma Orphan Kat Millar seems doomed to waste her best years caring for her horribly ungrateful grandmother Poll But relatives Kat knows nothing about are moving in intent on changing her life forever I w

  • Title: Swallowing Grandma
  • Author: Kate Long
  • ISBN: 9780330419345
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Orphan Kat Millar seems doomed to waste her best years caring for her horribly ungrateful grandmother, Poll But relatives Kat knows nothing about are moving in, intent on changing her life forever I wrote Swallowing Grandma because I was again interested in the dynamic between a carer and the person receiving that care The relationship between Kat and her troublesome chOrphan Kat Millar seems doomed to waste her best years caring for her horribly ungrateful grandmother, Poll But relatives Kat knows nothing about are moving in, intent on changing her life forever I wrote Swallowing Grandma because I was again interested in the dynamic between a carer and the person receiving that care The relationship between Kat and her troublesome charge is one of constant small power shifts each woman believes she is the one in control, and the struggle for supremacy continues right up to the end of the novel.

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    1. Marie on said:

      This was a random pickup from the library, on a rare occasion when I actually went there physically instead of having my husband pick up or return books on my behalf!I was impressed by the Sarah Bird endorsement on the back of the book. It took a few pages to get captured by the book, but once I settled in I really enjoyed it.It is a very BRITISH book. so than so-called "chick lit," which is often written halfway for American readers. I've been married to a Brit for 18 years now (and have known [...]

    2. Mandy on said:

      I really enjoyed this book, it is quite funny. It's about a teenager, Katherine (Kat) who lives with and resentfully cares for her almost blind gran. Kat and her gran don't get on. Then Callum turns up, claiming to be a cousin, and we realise from another stream of narrative, that Kat's Mum, who abandoned her as a baby, is someone that she knows. Who could it be?

    3. Despina Frantzi on said:

      It was such an amazing book.It described the life of a young adult who tries to get through life under the pressure of her grandma.Also,it's really funny and it deserves a read!

    4. Plum-crazy on said:

      Mainly told from Katherine's view, with excerpts from the mother she never knew, this is a perceptive, funny & sometimes slightly sad tale about the obligations & duties that are part of family life. Katherine both loves & loathes her Grandma Poll (who can be a difficult character to say the least!) But she's all the family she hasor is she?This book that kept me hooked to the end, wondering whether Katherine would find the strength to break away from Poll or would family ties prove [...]

    5. Hilary on said:

      I enjoyed this very much indeed; the publisher's marketing department is doing the author no favours by trying to jacket it in with the girlie books. This is a sharp, incisive story of a fat, spotty misfit forced to live with her utterly poisonous, completely unpleasant, and entirely believable grandmother, with some eating disorders and almost-incest thrown in for good measure.

    6. Laurie on said:

      I enjoyed reading this book though I found the ending to be a bit of a letdown. The whole thing was, at times, somewhat predictable, and the subject of Katherine's bulimia is barely touched upon despite it being a major medical and psychological issue. Regardless, as a whole it was a great read.

    7. Lightblue on said:

      Carino, niente di eccezionale ma, al contrario di quanto possa sembrare dal titolo, affronta temi anche interessanti come la bulimia, i primi approcci con il sesso, la voglia di scoprire se stessi. Una chick lit piu' elevata del normale.

    8. Juliana Graham on said:

      This book is hilarious! Great characterisation of the 18 year old about to face the world outside her small town life and the emotional blackmail that her cantankerous old grandma inflicted. Highly recommended.

    9. Helen Maltby on said:

      I enjoyed this and was able to relate to Katherine's character right from the start (not that I ever lived with a poisonous grandma or anything!). This was the first Kate Long book I've read and I would now like to read her other book.

    10. Koralyn on said:

      Hilariously funny, and totally down to earth. I love books that are believable, honest and realistic; this one is all three. I simply couldn't put it down.

    11. Jenny on said:

      Not as good as, The Bad Mother's Handbook, but still a worthy read. Long has a real knack for getting to the core of people and finding out what makes them tick.

    12. Amanda on said:

      Really enjoyed this book. Kate Long's books are always gritty and down-to-earth, original in concept and thought provoking. Looking out for the next one to read!

    13. K.B. Walker on said:

      I loved the fact this book was set in Chorley and captured the setting and characters well.

    14. Rachel on said:

      "Katherine Millar is eighteen and desperate to be less fat, less swotty and to have cooler friends. But most of all, she wishes she had two parents, instead of one grandma, Poll. Poll is pushing seventy, half blind and utterly poisonous. She has looked after Katherine since she was a baby, when her father was killed in a car crash and her mother vanished. Poll's ambition is for things to stay exactly the same for ever, and for Katherine never to leave their pit village of Bank Top. Katherine has [...]

    15. Sree Devi on said:

      "Katherine Millar is eighteen and desperate to be less fat, less swotty, and to have cooler friends. But most of all, she wishes she had two parents, instead of one grandma, Poll. Poll is pushing seventy, half blind and utterly poisonous. She has looked after Katherine since she was a baby, when her father was killed in a car crash and her mother vanished. Poll's ambition is for things to stay exactly the same for ever, and for Katherine never to leave their pit village of Bank Top. Katherine ha [...]

    16. Roberta on said:

      Kate Long è la scrittrice de Il manuale della cattiva madre, che racconta un anno di vita di tre donne (nonna, madre e nipote), una riflessione sulla vita e sui rapporti familiari femminili. Il libro mi ispirava ma non riuscivo a trovarlo, così ho ripiegato su questo, che parla comunque di rapporti familiari femminili, dato che racconta del rapporto tra Katherine, adolescente problematica, e la nonna Polly, che a causa di un problema di vista molto grave ha bisogno dell'assistenza continua del [...]

    17. Sreedevi Viswambaran on said:

      I took this book for reading right after ‘The bad mothers handbook’ by the same author. Since TBMH was interesting, I was very eager to read the book. After going through the initial chapters, it was very evident that the book was going to be a bore. True to expectations, it was a very slow story. Crust of the story is very thin. There is nothing much for the readers to devour apart from the twist at the end of the story.After all these years of reading, I strongly believe that if the reader [...]

    18. Lisa Jay on said:

      Swallowing Grandma is one of my all time favourite books, in a sentimental kind of way. I picked it up at random while on holiday in Greece when I was around 13 years old and I've lost count of the amount of times I've read it since. Some of the content was a little too mature for me when first reading it, but that only gave me more appreciation and interest in it each time I re-read it.I've tried a million times over to try and sum up why I love this book so much but I can't. I'm not even sure [...]

    19. Tracy Terry on said:

      To be fair, like many things in life, humour is very much a personal thing and what makes one person laugh out loud will leave another wondering what the joke is.Sad to say that I found myself firmly in the latter category in that I just didn't get much of the humour of the novel.A story not just of (largely dysfunctional) relationships, Swallowing Grandma also deals with issues such as disability, teenage pregnancy, child abandonment, body image, bullying and bulimia. Hardly laugh out loud mate [...]

    20. Ilona on said:

      I picked this from the library expecting a happy, fluffy chick lit read, but instead got a darkly funny, slightly gritty, tale of growth and self-discovery. Katherine's teenage father died when she was a few months old; a few months later, her equally young mother left, leaving her in the 'care' of her small-minded, manipulative and enormously selfish paternal grandmother. How Katherine, newly self-christened 'Kat', struggles to maintain a sense of self in the face of the constant belittling of [...]

    21. Lins on said:

      I was given this on a recommendation, and told I would identify with this book. While reading it, I found it hard to figure out what the person who recommended it meant by that (and whether I should be offended!), but having finished it, I can see a resonance. This book was an easy read, with a likeable main character. The choices she makes are questionable at times, but realistic I suppose (taking up an eating disorder, for example). And the setting of a small town where everyone knows everyone [...]

    22. Gauri on said:

      My rating- 3.5I picked this book from a 30% booksale ,and you know i got what i paid for.I really liked the plot line ,its funny ,intriguing and i've read this novel three times and i never get bored of it.The best thing that i liked about the novel was the names of the librarians -Ms Dragon and Ms mouse .The only minus for me was the style of writing at times but thats just me! go ahead you just might love it.

    23. Alexandra Bengtsson on said:

      I never finished it, I don't know if I like it or not. I think the story was pretty boring, and wasn't realistic. It feels like I have heard it before, young girl, lives with her grandma, her grandma rules her life But after a second thought I think I would have liked it if I was 10 years younger. I bet this is a very good read if you are 14-15 years old. I would love to hear someone else's opinion on it.

    24. Philip S Davies on said:

      I enjoyed this book. Although by the middle I had grown weary of yet another "misery lit" story, of a poor, grim, abused upbringing, it got better by the end. It's an interesting study of family relationships, and the consequences of actions and choices. My favourite sentence, describing my old university: "Everyone's a bit weird in Oxford, so I don't stand out." Classic.

    25. Carolyn Schofield on said:

      Very readable, but I kept wondering if I was reading a Young Adult book, as its subject matter and style were in that genre, and it would probably be quite suitable for young adult readers, except it is very light on its feet regarding the serious issue of mental illness, which it skirts around without really engaging with. Ultimately a light take on a serious topic.

    26. Emma on said:

      Received this as a birthday present from a friend whose judgment of books I trust unequivocally. It's not the sort of book that I would ever have chosen for myself from the blurb, but nevertheless I gave it a try. I'm glad that I did. After the first sixty pages or so, I wanted to read on. Favourite character: Miss Dragon.

    27. Renske on said:

      De voornaamste reden dat ik dit boek zo'n lage beoordeling geef, is dat ik het gelezen heb na The Bad Mother's Handbook. Er zitten namelijk een aantal overeenkomsten in het verhaal tussen deze twee boeken van Kate Long, waardoor ik me toch echt afvroeg of ze niks anders had kunnen verzinnen.

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