June 21, 2012
Dealing with divorce
Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom
Twelve-year-old Violet is not reacting well to her parents' divorce and her dad's new-and- improved family with new-and-improved children. It makes her act out in wildly inappropriate ways. Violet's mother has been dating, but her tastes in men leave much to be desired. When she takes up with the unfortunately named Dudley Wiener, owner and operator of bath store Skip to My Loo (the man likes bad puns), Violet's had enough. If her mom can't pick the perfect man, Violet will choose one for her: George Clooney. With help from her best friend Phoebe, Violet writes Mr. Clooney a letter. When she doesn't get the appropriate response, she decides she'll have to meet him in person. Since Violet's dad is a television director who is working at the same studio, it should be easy.
Outrageous, funny, and touching in turns, this is nonetheless a realistic account of the emotional turmoil that comes as a result of divorce.