Monday, 21 June 2010

Zelah Green: One More Little Problem by Vanessa Curtis

Title: Zelah Green: One More Little Problem
Author: Vanessa Curtis
Published by: Egmont
Publication date: 5th July 2010
Pages: 240
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

My name is Zelah Green - and I'm still here.

Summer's supposed to be good, right? But I'm stuck at home with a lousy laptop, stacks of homework and Dad being more useless than ever.

And then Caro turns up out of the blue, all heavy metal and piercings and attitude and my boring summer's turned upside down. It's like she knows just what to say to wind me up, sending my OCD right out of control...

"Deep breaths, it'll be OK, I say to myself. It'd all going to work out fine..."

I love this cover! I love how you can only see some of the girl (supposedly Zelah) and the way the yellow stands out against the grey makes the cover look quite elegant, whilst still being an enjoyable read.

I was gripped from page one (I actually was, I am NOT exaggerating!), Vanessa Curtis is such a fantastic writer.

This novel is actually very inspiring and it's one of those novels that makes you think. The main character, Zelah, has OCD which stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder where you want everything neat and tidy and you hate germs and dirt. Everything has to be perfect. It really made me think about how hard it must be, if you have it, and how hard it must be for the people living with you. This novel will make readers more aware of the disorder, which is good.

My favourite character was Zelah (yeah I know, she's the main character, I shouldn't pick her...but she is genuinely my favourite character!) because she seemed really confident and she wasn't annoying; sometimes I felt sorry for her. It was very hard to decide whether my favourite character was Zelah or Fran...Fran (Zelah's ex-best friend) is very funny, but also quite a snob and I didn't really like the way she treated Zelah. She was funny though, so she's my second-favourite character.

Overall I found NO faults with this novel. I recommend this book to readers aged 11+ and I give this a rating of 5/5! I loved it and I'm so glad I got a chance to read this wonderful book.


  1. I'm so glad you *loved* this, Amber! A totally gorgeous sequel to the amazing Zelah Green, Queen of Clean! I have an awesome copy of this and a review should be going up on my blog very soon :) x

  2. I love how you write your reviews! How they're fun but sophisticated [if you know what I mean.....].
    Wow- this book actually *does* sound amazing!
    Thanks for the review!

  3. There's a sequel to Zelah Green, Queen of Clean? :O I loved that book! *Runs to Library*