Today it’s my stop on ‘The Never-Ending Birthday’ blog tour. I’m a big fan of Katie Dale’s ‘Mumnesia‘ so I was excited to get my hands on a copy of her new book ‘The Never-Ending Birthday’. It’s twins Max and Anni’s 13th birthday and when they wake up to a breakfast of burnt bacon little do they realise that their day is going to get a whole lot worse. Max manages to miss a vital goal in the football Cup Final whilst Anni gets dumped by her best friend after a party goes wrong. To make matters worse they end the day being grounded FOREVER! As they blow out the candle on their birthday cake that might they both commiserate and make a wish to start their birthday all over again. But little do they realise that their wish is going to come true – just not exactly as they might have imagined and they are going to have to relive their birthday again . . . and again . . . and again.
The idea of a never-ending birthday may seem like an ideal scenario for any child, who wouldn’t want to enjoy their birthday over and over again. But for Max and Anni with each day their life becomes more and more complicated and having prior knowledge of the day’s events is causing more harm than good. Katie deals brilliantly with the problems teens have when they’re growing up, from insecurities about their looks, friendship problems and the complexities of dealing with family life, which plays out against the background of a genuinely warm and funny story. I found it really interesting to see how Max and Anni both face very different peer pressure and experience a whole rollercoaster of emotions despite their contrasting personalities. The preconception that popular, seemingly confident children find life a lot easier is shown to be a myth as Max seems to struggle just as much as Anni. A story full of the unexpected, poor Max and Anni’s attempts to make their birthday enjoyable have the most bizarre consequences and their lack of control is brilliantly entertaining although at times quite sad. An energetic and entertaining read I devoured it in on sitting.
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Thank you to Katie for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and Macmillan for sending me a copy of this hilarious book.