The day her gifted twins leave home for university, Eva climbs into bed
and stays there. For seventeen years she's wanted to yell at the world,
'Stop! I want to get off'. Finally, this is her chance. Perhaps she
will be able to think.
A year in bed! Doesn't that sound great! Well, this turned out to be a looooong year!
I remember loving the Adrian Mole books and have been thinking that they are due a re-read. Then I came across this in a bookshop in Nairobi.
The book started well; quickly introducing comical characters and I thought I was in for a real treat.But as the weeks turned into months and Eva became more demanding and loopy, she becomes so unlikeable that you don't even want to read about her being in bed. Brian, her awfully boring husband and her twin children, kept me amused with their story lines longer than Eva, who was busy concocting plans of how to dispose of her waste without leaving her bedroom.
Overall the book started well, was about 100 pages too long and then just ended. Just like that.
But interesting fact-Sue Townsend didn't learn to read until she was 8. (Maybe that fact shouldn't end such a poor review...?)