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Ever get the feeling your life would qualify for National Disaster Relief? Say hello to Erin Costello. Erin's pretty much your average teenage girl ... except that her mother has all the maternal instincts of a black widow spider, and her dad is out of work and completely clueless. That's probably why they're divorced. Not that anyone except Erin seems to care. Certainly no Ever get the feeling your life would qualify for National Disaster Relief? Say hello to Erin Costello. Erin's pretty much your average teenage girl ... except that her mother has all the maternal instincts of a black widow spider, and her dad is out of work and completely clueless. That's probably why they're divorced. Not that anyone except Erin seems to care. Certainly not Erin's sucky little brother Ben, who's too busy making money, or her best friend, Rami, who is turning into a fanatical environmental activist - with the emphasis on mental. And definitely not Creepazoid - Erin's mum's new boyfriend - who may or may not be a drug-dealing pervert disguised as a mild-mannered PE teacher! It's an eventful year for Erin Costello, but is her imagination running wild?


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Ever get the feeling your life would qualify for National Disaster Relief? Say hello to Erin Costello. Erin's pretty much your average teenage girl ... except that her mother has all the maternal instincts of a black widow spider, and her dad is out of work and completely clueless. That's probably why they're divorced. Not that anyone except Erin seems to care. Certainly no Ever get the feeling your life would qualify for National Disaster Relief? Say hello to Erin Costello. Erin's pretty much your average teenage girl ... except that her mother has all the maternal instincts of a black widow spider, and her dad is out of work and completely clueless. That's probably why they're divorced. Not that anyone except Erin seems to care. Certainly not Erin's sucky little brother Ben, who's too busy making money, or her best friend, Rami, who is turning into a fanatical environmental activist - with the emphasis on mental. And definitely not Creepazoid - Erin's mum's new boyfriend - who may or may not be a drug-dealing pervert disguised as a mild-mannered PE teacher! It's an eventful year for Erin Costello, but is her imagination running wild?

30 review for My Life and Other Catastrophes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nandar

    This book has to be my favouirte outta all the books i read soo far. Rowena Mohr, the style she wrote this book is just so awesome. I felt like I was reading someone's diary. And man stuff Erin wrote in her journal (that she has to complete for English) made me laugh, brang me to tears and well made me smile like an idiot. It was so realistic as well, I can seriously imagine some teenager (like me) in the world going through this. Its just shocking what you find out about Erin's dad, Brendan's m This book has to be my favouirte outta all the books i read soo far. Rowena Mohr, the style she wrote this book is just so awesome. I felt like I was reading someone's diary. And man stuff Erin wrote in her journal (that she has to complete for English) made me laugh, brang me to tears and well made me smile like an idiot. It was so realistic as well, I can seriously imagine some teenager (like me) in the world going through this. Its just shocking what you find out about Erin's dad, Brendan's mum and Erin's mum new boyfriend. I seriously feel for Erin her life is a MAJOR catastrophe! =)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cinomen

    its really good and funny and pretty realistic. recommend to all 12 and up

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lore

    awesomley funny book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tacchia

    This book was really funny and it is short so you can finish it in no time!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Freshteh

    its funny and the dude is so cool/cute.

  6. 5 out of 5

    old account (rl)

    My Life and Other Catastrophes was one of those books that deep down you is probably pretty crappy but you know what? At the time it was just fun. A little pathetic and a lot of overdramatised teenage whinging but it was funny and carefree and I really have to say that for the better part of the book, I was entertained. Lately that is all I can ask for. I have had a pretty bad run so far this year but this brighten my spirits up for an hour or two even with the pathetic protagonist. Erin's life h My Life and Other Catastrophes was one of those books that deep down you is probably pretty crappy but you know what? At the time it was just fun. A little pathetic and a lot of overdramatised teenage whinging but it was funny and carefree and I really have to say that for the better part of the book, I was entertained. Lately that is all I can ask for. I have had a pretty bad run so far this year but this brighten my spirits up for an hour or two even with the pathetic protagonist. Erin's life has taken a hit since her parent split up. Her mum is dating her PE teacher - who Erin is sure is a pervert drug-dealer - and its starting to look serious; her best friend is pulling away from her; her father is a slob; her little brother seems to have a questionably endless supply of cash; and everything in her life just seems to be a catastrophe. This book did not have a very gripping plotline. Not much happened and what did happen was pretty ridiculous. Erin is one of those people that blows everything out of proportion and completely exaggerates the situation, kind of like my little brother actually. While it led to some pretty hilarious situations - such as her thinking that her PE teacher/mother's boyfriend is a child-molesting, drug dealer because he is seen with her school's druggie on more than one occasion - it became a little annoying when she constantly jumped to irrational conclusions. The characters were perfectly captured as the confused teenaged children-trying-to-be-adults that they were meant to be. The voice that Rowena Mohr gave to Erin's diary was so casually written that I could hear Erin thinking each of her words. It sounded real and funny and a truthful recount of someone like Erin. I absolutely loved how this book was set in Australia. I have only ever read one book set here before since every book seems to be set in either America or Britain so it was a nice change. For once I could instantly recognise the slang and the references to actors and movies. I didn't have to skim over them like I knew what they meant like I have to do with American novels. I understood how Erin's school worked. It made so much more sense to me than these American schools with their homecomings and dances and "jocks" and cheerleading. Overall while My Life and Other Catastrophes wasn't the most creative nor best written novel, and even though it lacked a captivating plotline, it made me laugh and smile; I enjoyed reading it. It was easy to fly through the pages and I will definitely be picking up the nest book though I see that it will be by Penni Russon instead of Rowena Mohr.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nandanaa Raju

    A great book for teenagers! :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    Characters and storline were very entertaining.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leemay

    I rcieved this book for my sixteenth brithday, but I couldn't tell you if the book ended up being brilliant or not because I could barely get through the first fifty pages before I chucked the book at the nearest wall. While probably an alright book for 10-12 year old girls, 'My Life and Other Catastrophes' just falls short of being able to interest anyone else. The biggest letdown, and probably the reason why I found the story so unbearable, was the characterisation! Erin comes across as, snark I rcieved this book for my sixteenth brithday, but I couldn't tell you if the book ended up being brilliant or not because I could barely get through the first fifty pages before I chucked the book at the nearest wall. While probably an alright book for 10-12 year old girls, 'My Life and Other Catastrophes' just falls short of being able to interest anyone else. The biggest letdown, and probably the reason why I found the story so unbearable, was the characterisation! Erin comes across as, snarky, whiny - everything HAS to be about her - and rude. She insults everyone around her, even her so called best friend, to the point that it's no wonder she and Rami are sorta outcasts. I don't like the way Rami is represented either - the author sets her up to sound like an Eco-Maniac and then only defends her when someone points that out. It just doesn't make sense. I also found the whole 'Girl who has never auditioned for anything becomes second lead' idea ludicrous! As a long time theatre geek, I know that this rarely happens - and it sets the young audience (because that's the only audience who will read the book) up to believe that they can get anywhere with no practise. Which is not true. TL;DR: the book isn't suitable for anyone over twelve, the main character is whiny and rude. If I could give it half a star, I would.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    My Life and Other Catastrophes by Rowena Mohr is the first book in the Girlfriend Fiction series. Erin Costello lives in fictional Aussie suburb of Wilga Heights. Her parents are divorced and her mum is now dating the new P.E teacher, Chris, at her school. For English, Erin is assigned a journal which she must write in and this is the format of the book. Oh my goodness, Erin has to be the most-self centred character I have ever read about. And that might send most readers running, but she ended u My Life and Other Catastrophes by Rowena Mohr is the first book in the Girlfriend Fiction series. Erin Costello lives in fictional Aussie suburb of Wilga Heights. Her parents are divorced and her mum is now dating the new P.E teacher, Chris, at her school. For English, Erin is assigned a journal which she must write in and this is the format of the book. Oh my goodness, Erin has to be the most-self centred character I have ever read about. And that might send most readers running, but she ended up being amusing, even though she was selfish and rude most of the time. Her best friend, Rami, is going through stuff, new boy Brendan is also having trouble, does she notice – no! She’s far too busy concocting crazy stories about Chris being a drug dealer and trying to get her mum to dump him. It was pretty obvious what was really going on with her Chris and I thought Erin was going to blow it by meddling but the ending was really good and I was happy to see Erin gain a bit of awareness about her behaviour and what a crappy friend she was.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is so different to when I first read it. When I first read it, I thought it was amazing, but when I reread it, I couldn't help but notice that Erin was a female dog! Rami was right. All Erin did was think about herself. She was always jumping to the wrong conclusions. I have no idea how she went from thinkinkg her step-father was a creep to a druggie!!! I don't know how she didn't know that Brandon liked her, as I found it completely obvious. Good book otherwise.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Even though I was interested in the title, it does NOT mean it is such a good book. I did enjoy reading it at times but then there were times where it just dragged, so I would consider reading it but, maybe not reading it again.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Belle

    "If you care about someone it doesn't really matter whether they think you're an idiot - or whether you're going to get anything back in return - it's enough to know that you've maybe made their life a little better."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Krystal Moy

    I love the main character in this book, I recommend teens should read this as they may relate to it a lot.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tash

    i read this book a couple of years ago, but i remember liking it some what and how it related to my life in some ways

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Shepherd

    I loved this book when I read it! Great read for teenagers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Reanna Pierce

    I love this book is was like i was reading a story about my own life and the more i read the more i didn't want it to end.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hollie

    rated 4 for childhood nostalgia

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    Not one of my favourite books, probably on my top 5 worst actually. I found it quite boring and it was very easy to just put the book down and do something else.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sanj

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lonleypurplecat

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bec

  23. 5 out of 5

    Raelene Cooper

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rosalind

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sitara Charles

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tori Dobis

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