Synopses & Reviews
Lorelei Connelly is no ordinary eleven-year-old. She's practical and a forward thinker. When her favorite cat, Mud, dies, she starts a journal to him, chronicling her daily life as a sixth grader so that he can continue to follow her rise to fame and fortune as a beloved actress, celebrated chef, and/or bestselling author. She figures it's also a good way to make sure her future biographers don't get anything wrong about her. But when her parents' marriage starts to unravel, Lorelei's lighthearted daily log becomes a poignant and defiantly humorous account of a family in distress as Lorelei grapples with the ground shifting under her feet.
Yeardley Smith engages the reader with wit, candor, and authenticity.
"Moments of offbeat humor raise this novel by the actress best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson above the typical story of divorce. Smith adopts a diary format, with 11-year-old Lorelei writing a series of letters to her recently deceased cat, Mud. Tart observations, like Lorelei's assertion that her brother can be 'dumber than a bag of string,' balance her pain at discovering her father's infidelity and other family problems. Smith's characters are the best thing about the book: they're always slightly off the wall, even such minor players as the school bully who threatens to 'spread your guts on your front porch so the alley rats can choke on you.' There are missteps (e.g., Lorelei too easily brushes off snubs from her supposed best friend), but the family dynamics are on target, and readers will enjoy watching the heroine develop her own strength as her family reshapes itself. Ages 812." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A gently humorous outing from Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, with a touch of slapstick to lighten the (slightly overplotted) poignancy." Kirkus Reviews
Smith, the Emmy Award-winning actress who gives Lisa Simpson her voice on The Simpsons, delivers a comic and powerful debut novel about an 11-year-old girl who begins a journal after her favorite cat dies, so he can follow her rise from sixth grade to fame and fortune.
About the Author
Yeardley Smith is a novelist, playwright, and actress who has appeared on Broadway, on television, and in films. She is perhaps best known as the Emmy Award-winning voice of Lisa Simpson on Fox's hit television show The Simpsons. When she isn't working, she's knitting. Yeardley lives in Los Angeles. This is her first novel.