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Frequently berated for breaking his hyper-fussy house rules, as well as for her lack of looks, confidence and friends, Beauty lives in uneasy fear whenever Dad’s home. Her pretty, sweet mum is equally afraid of him. Eventually, after an unbearable birthday party, amidst fears that Dad’s temper is out of control, Mum and Beauty run away. They find themselves in a Frequently berated for breaking his hyper-fussy house rules, as well as for her lack of looks, confidence and friends, Beauty lives in uneasy fear whenever Dad’s home. Her pretty, sweet mum is equally afraid of him. Eventually, after an unbearable birthday party, amidst fears that Dad’s temper is out of control, Mum and Beauty run away. They find themselves in an idyllic seaside resort where their new-found freedom and a moment of culinary inspiration give them a hobby, an income and even a new nickname for Beauty whose dreams all come true — and she deserves it! From the Trade Paperback edition.


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Frequently berated for breaking his hyper-fussy house rules, as well as for her lack of looks, confidence and friends, Beauty lives in uneasy fear whenever Dad’s home. Her pretty, sweet mum is equally afraid of him. Eventually, after an unbearable birthday party, amidst fears that Dad’s temper is out of control, Mum and Beauty run away. They find themselves in a Frequently berated for breaking his hyper-fussy house rules, as well as for her lack of looks, confidence and friends, Beauty lives in uneasy fear whenever Dad’s home. Her pretty, sweet mum is equally afraid of him. Eventually, after an unbearable birthday party, amidst fears that Dad’s temper is out of control, Mum and Beauty run away. They find themselves in an idyllic seaside resort where their new-found freedom and a moment of culinary inspiration give them a hobby, an income and even a new nickname for Beauty whose dreams all come true — and she deserves it! From the Trade Paperback edition.

30 review for Cookie

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bee (Heart Full of Books)

    This has to be my favourite JW of all time. It's so utterly tragic in the beginning, but Beauty's story still managed to be relatable because everyone's felt belittled even if it's just to a small degree. Of course, Dilly is my favourite mum character too. I feel like so often in JW the mum is the problem parents so to see a mother so dedicated to her daughter's happiness made me tear up so many times. I might just have to re-read this annually.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

    This is one of my favourite Jacqueline Wilson books, and I think Beauty is one of my favourite of her characters too - I find her very relatable, especially her vivid imagination, her awkwardness, and her love of Sara Crewe from 'A Little Princess'. An interesting point that I particularly noted on this reading, is that when Beauty's mother tells someone about the situation at home, saying he slapped her and twisted her wrist, and perhaps she and Beauty could get a council flat or stay in This is one of my favourite Jacqueline Wilson books, and I think Beauty is one of my favourite of her characters too - I find her very relatable, especially her vivid imagination, her awkwardness, and her love of Sara Crewe from 'A Little Princess'. An interesting point that I particularly noted on this reading, is that when Beauty's mother tells someone about the situation at home, saying he slapped her and twisted her wrist, and perhaps she and Beauty could get a council flat or stay in a refuge, the response is: 'Oh get a grip, Dilys! Most of those poor women in those places have been beaten to a pulp. They'd give their right arms to swap places with you...' Then a few lines later, ' You think twice, Dilys. It's a lonely life without a man.' Of course I bristled when I read that, but I love that she included this. There are many people who will tell you to put up with this 'mild' abuse, stay in the nice house, remember others have it worse etc. And of course others are going through worse, but that does not justify things. Beauty's father's continually escalating temper, and the danger it places them in, is instantly undermined, and you see all to clearly how difficult an attempt to break away can be, especially if you're being made to feel at fault. For all the walking on eggshells, and the unpleasant bullying that Beauty suffers, both at school, and at home, I find this book utterly charming, and ultimately uplifting. I've always clicked with Jacqueline Wilson as an author and have genuinely loved all her books, but this is one of the ones I love the most!💖🐇🎨 Oh, and as ever, the illustrations by Nick Sharratt are wonderful. They are such a great pairing, up there with Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake!📚

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This is a fantastic book!! It is Dame Jacqueline Wilson's new book. (Jacqie has been made a dame)! She totally deserves it. Anyway this is about a girl called Beauty who's bullied at school for the way she looks, her personality and the way she dresses. The main bully is Skie. Luckily Skie's best friend Rhona loves Beauty and wants to be her BFF. At home Beauty's life is as far from normal. Her mum loves her to bits and has never got cross with her but with her d This is a fantastic book!! It is Dame Jacqueline Wilson's new book. (Jacqie has been made a dame)! She totally deserves it. Anyway this is about a girl called Beauty who's bullied at school for the way she looks, her personality and the way she dresses. The main bully is Skie. Luckily Skie's best friend Rhona loves Beauty and wants to be her BFF. At home Beauty's life is as far from normal. Her mum loves her to bits and has never got cross with her but with her dad it's another story. Beauty and her mum live in fear of what's going to happen and if he gets cross you want to be as far away as possible. It comes to a blow on Beauty's birthday. Her dad has booked her a caterer, a limo and theatre tickets. When Rhona buys her a rabbit and her dad kills it it's the final straw. Beauty and her mum move away to the seaside. Her mum has never been good at anything but when her cookies start selling things look up. When Beauty ends up on her favourite television show things couldn't have been better. But what will her dad make of it all? I loved this book and I would reccomend it to anyone! Definately 5*!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    One of the most tragic and touching of JW's books, I had so many emotions while reading this. Usually, I don't think mothers are portrayed very sympathetically in her books. They're always the ones to nag and ruin the fun. Dilly is the kindest mum on the planet, and how much she cares for Beauty gets me every time. Domestic abuse is hard to read about, but it's so worth it by the end and it's definitely one of the happiest ever afters JW's written!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Peto

    This is the third Jacqueline Wilson book I’ve read aloud to my daughter. Though I enjoyed the other two more (The Butterfly Club and Little Stars), this one had the same superb writing. Something about Wilson’s style makes reading aloud her prose very easy. I guess it’s voice. Her smooth sentences create clear images that convey simply her characters’ view. Those views ar This is the third Jacqueline Wilson book I’ve read aloud to my daughter. Though I enjoyed the other two more (The Butterfly Club and Little Stars), this one had the same superb writing. Something about Wilson’s style makes reading aloud her prose very easy. I guess it’s voice. Her smooth sentences create clear images that convey simply her characters’ view. Those views are often poignant and fun. Cookie’s real name is Beauty. Her Dad is successful, but he’s quite a jerk. It is painful to witness, but not dark. Her mother, Dilly, is a young trophy wife, Dad’s third marriage. People often think Dilly and Beauty are sisters. All that, the first half of the book, culminates in a striking, 5-star chapter that takes place on Beauty’s birthday. The second half of the book changes tone - you’ll be happy for Beauty and her mother. In fact, Dilly grows as a person during the course of the story, which was an interesting bonus. Their mother/daughter relationship is fascinating, actually, because Beauty is brainier than her mother. One last thing. Don’t assume Beauty is a beauty. She’s not. She deals with that here and there. My daughter and I are going to take a break from Jacqueline Wilson, but not for long. I insisted we read something else next. After that, we’ll read Wilson’s Hetty Feather, because my daughter insists. That’s a recommendation right there.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kerli

    I have never read any Jacqueline Wilson books before, I knew (I thought I knew) what kind of books she writes, you know, Tracy Beaker is on all the time on CBBC etc. I didn't think badly of her books, but I wasn't really interested in them, I thought I'd read it all before. When I noticed this book in the library, it was the title that caught me - Cookie. I love to eat sweet things! And when I read the description, well, it kind of resonated with me, my mother was a total control frea I have never read any Jacqueline Wilson books before, I knew (I thought I knew) what kind of books she writes, you know, Tracy Beaker is on all the time on CBBC etc. I didn't think badly of her books, but I wasn't really interested in them, I thought I'd read it all before. When I noticed this book in the library, it was the title that caught me - Cookie. I love to eat sweet things! And when I read the description, well, it kind of resonated with me, my mother was a total control freak, and Beauty felt like, well, me. Although I wasn't bullied in school. And my dad didn't rake it in, quite the opposite. (And I never had a page cut, I loved my long hair!) Anyway. I couldn't put it down! I read as I was cooking, and my daughter ended up going to bed an hour late because I just had to finish the book! What a great story - I mean, I knew it all already - the horrible bullying schoolmates, not a happy home, but then escape and new friends and everything ends well. And yet... and yet... it's the characters that make the story, isn't it? Beauty with her gentle nature, and her mother - essentially that stupid "babe" that people laugh at usually - but a wonderful warm mother, her father, another deliciously evil villain character complicated by the fact that he is her father, and he does love her, albeit in his twisted way. And the others - snotty rich kids, Mike the painter and the kids in the new school. And Sam and Lily. It is a bit simple, and fairytale-ish, but we all love a happy ending, isn't it? I will most likely read a few more Wilson books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    It has to be the best Jacqueline Wilson book ever. I have read this book so many times and still love it all the same! I have given it a five star review because it is so detailed in what beauty ( the girl in the book ) is feeling and what's happening in her life. I love how she finally gets to live happily with her mum and meets her favourite people in the world! I'm so happy for beauty in the end but I really want a book two as it leaves you on a cliff hanger. This really is a lovely book and It has to be the best Jacqueline Wilson book ever. I have read this book so many times and still love it all the same! I have given it a five star review because it is so detailed in what beauty ( the girl in the book ) is feeling and what's happening in her life. I love how she finally gets to live happily with her mum and meets her favourite people in the world! I'm so happy for beauty in the end but I really want a book two as it leaves you on a cliff hanger. This really is a lovely book and a truly advise you to buy it as if you are a Jacqueline Wilson fan you will love it too!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Terrie

    Beauty is a smart young girl who is not beautiful. She is very self-conscience about her looks and is teased at school for her name and has several nicknames, but the most cruel one is "Ugly." At school she must deal with these bullies, and a girl who wants to be her BFF but is afraid to. At home Beauty has additional problems. Her mother is gorgeous and supportive of Beauty but the father is extremely verbally abusive, and often physically abusive as well. The book talks about Beauty's ways of Beauty is a smart young girl who is not beautiful. She is very self-conscience about her looks and is teased at school for her name and has several nicknames, but the most cruel one is "Ugly." At school she must deal with these bullies, and a girl who wants to be her BFF but is afraid to. At home Beauty has additional problems. Her mother is gorgeous and supportive of Beauty but the father is extremely verbally abusive, and often physically abusive as well. The book talks about Beauty's ways of coping with her pressures, her dad's plans of an embarrassing birthday celebration, and her mom's idea of changing Beauty's nickname from "Ugly" to "Cookie." This was a difficult book for me to read because it hit home in many ways for me and I felt it was very accurate in describing Beauty's feelings. I wasn't sure if it would appeal to elementary girls, but I did a book talk on it and every girl in the class wanted to read it. This isn't a story about a girl who is abused. It is a story about a girl and her mother who learn to stand up for themselves. It is told with sensitivity and has several humorous moments as well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emy

    Beauty Cookson is a smart young girl who is bullied, both at home and at school. Her peers nickname her Ugly, and her father berates her about her lack of looks, confidence and friends. He does not treat her mother that much better. After a particularly disasterous birthday, Beauty and her mother escape to the seaside to start a new life. Considering the last book I read by Jacqueline Wilson (Lily Alone) was merely lukewarm, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this particular offeri(Lily Beauty Cookson is a smart young girl who is bullied, both at home and at school. Her peers nickname her Ugly, and her father berates her about her lack of looks, confidence and friends. He does not treat her mother that much better. After a particularly disasterous birthday, Beauty and her mother escape to the seaside to start a new life. Considering the last book I read by Jacqueline Wilson (Lily Alone) was merely lukewarm, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this particular offering. Despite the dark themes of bullying and spousal/child abuse (Beauty's father is both emotionally and psychologically abusive), this story is full of warm fuzzies. And I'm not just talking about the rabbits. Beauty was an interesting, three-dimensional character; a smart, quiet girl who enjoys art and a children's show called 'The Rabbit Hutch'. I liked that the show proved to be so important to the plot, as I thought at first it was just an odd little quirk of Beauty's. I also feel that the character of Beauty's father was particularly well portrayed. He obviously felt a certain amount of love and affection for his daughter and wife, and wasn't only a villain. However, he was capable of some truly awful things. It was nice to see a character in a younger child's book rendered in many different shades of grey. I am glad that the ending was more satisfying this time, though it was still open-ended (in a good way). The best thing about this book is that it is not just Beauty that grows as a character - her mother grows too. I feel that this is something of a rarity in children's literature and, as such, it was one of my favourite parts of the novel. Overall, I'd recommend anyone who is or who used to be a Jacqueline Wilson fan to pick this book up and read it. It held a sprinkle of the old magic that used to make me reread her again and again. :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Izzy Wallace

    I loved this book because they had really good pictures and they explained it well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Read this for a video- Absolutely loved this, just as much as I did as a child. Loved the themes and discussions. I still love Jacquelines ability to talk about different subject matter e.g domestic abuse and bullying but in a way that is suitable for children. Loved rereading this!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Oumiie

    This is an excellent book! I was so upset about the way Beauty's dad talks to her mum - no respect! Also that they can’t even enjoy living in a beautiful house because of Beauty’s dads stupid house rules. I was shocked that he slapped her!! I was really sorry for Beauty, and the way she had to lie about what was actually going on in her house. There were some fun and exciting parts in the story when, Dad is went away and they spend their time watching Rabbit Hutch and eating sticky pink iced bun This is an excellent book! I was so upset about the way Beauty's dad talks to her mum - no respect! Also that they can’t even enjoy living in a beautiful house because of Beauty’s dads stupid house rules. I was shocked that he slapped her!! I was really sorry for Beauty, and the way she had to lie about what was actually going on in her house. There were some fun and exciting parts in the story when, Dad is went away and they spend their time watching Rabbit Hutch and eating sticky pink iced buns. I loved the way they had a passion for making cookies!! Overall this is one of the best books I've ever read. Beauty/ Cookie has no beauty; but she's kind, different, intelligent and caring. P.S I recommend this book to teen girls, and girls who think their names or weird! They can make a nick name , by the talent they have! hahahaha lol

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suzie

    This book will forever hold a place in my heart. I would dare say that it is one of my favourite books. I first read this when I was 13 and loved it! I swear I must of had tough skin back then cause the second of reading this book hit me hard. Themes of bullying, abuse and self loathing are tricky subjects for children's books, but Jacqueline Wilson successfully evokes emotions and thought from the reader. Once again, I can't get over this book! It has inspired me to read more of her YA books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bella

    I really loved Cookie. It was definitely one of my favourite Jacqueline Wilson books. I think that anyone who is struggling with a parents divorce or parents fighting all the time would find comfort in this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This book makes me so happy. I love Jacqueline Wilson.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Peachey

    This used to my favourite book as a child. Very interesting story which explores many themes which would be useful for children to experience.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite childhood author and this hasn't changed re reading her books still fills me with that comfort and warmth and well laughs that only she can provide. This story is about a young girl named Beauty who was absolutely in love and obsessed by rabbits but due to living with her dad, who majorly disapproves of any kind of animal. Cookie's dad is a nasty man who spends most of his time telling cookie how ugly she is how much of a dissapointment she is. He also spent a Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite childhood author and this hasn't changed re reading her books still fills me with that comfort and warmth and well laughs that only she can provide. This story is about a young girl named Beauty who was absolutely in love and obsessed by rabbits but due to living with her dad, who majorly disapproves of any kind of animal. Cookie's dad is a nasty man who spends most of his time telling cookie how ugly she is how much of a dissapointment she is. He also spent a lot of time telling his wife she was only good for looking pretty and that's the only reason he was with her. Not only did she have to deal with that at home she goes to school and has to endure being on the brunt end of a group of girls who bully her continually also using her fathers pet name of ugly for her. She only really has one real friend who tries to stand up for her Rhona, Rhona has a birthday party and Cookie buys her friend a t shirt and Rhona is ever so grateful therefore when it's finally Cookie's birthday she invites her friends to celebrate with her and Rhona turns up with a present Cookie has wanted forever, a rabbit, she quickly names the rabbit "birthday" and quickly goes to the limo with her friends celebrating but then when she comes home she goes to the hutch to check on her rabbit and finds the hutch door open and her rabbit gone, her mum immediately knows her dad let it out and just storms out with their things, leaving him. They eventually find a place to move to and explore the beach promptly finding a place to stay and a place where her mum can work and a school for cookie and they live happily ever after..... I often enjoy Jacqueline Wilson books because of the writing and the style, but I didn't enjoy this one, don't get me wrong it's an easy read which is good but the plot is soo simple it doesn't grab me I guess it's written for the young audience and it doesn't allow much other to read it without being a bit bored. This doesn't put me off Jacqueline Wilson as a writer just merely this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tessa Joy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Beauty Cooksen seems to have a lot to make her happy: a pricey private school, a large house, beautiful toys, and expensive clothes. Instead she hates her school, she can’t have a pet inside her home, she can’t play with her toys, and she doesn’t fit into her clothes. Her classmates call her “Ugly” because they feel she doesn’t live up to her name. Her mother, Dilys, wants to persuade her classmates to call her “Cookie” by learning to bake different cookies. Her father, Gerry, isn’t happy that h Beauty Cooksen seems to have a lot to make her happy: a pricey private school, a large house, beautiful toys, and expensive clothes. Instead she hates her school, she can’t have a pet inside her home, she can’t play with her toys, and she doesn’t fit into her clothes. Her classmates call her “Ugly” because they feel she doesn’t live up to her name. Her mother, Dilys, wants to persuade her classmates to call her “Cookie” by learning to bake different cookies. Her father, Gerry, isn’t happy that his wife is baking and calls her useless. Gerry verbally abuses Beauty and Dilys when he thinks they aren’t looking or doing their best. After lavishly celebrating Beauty’s birthday, Gerry kills Beauty’s new rabbit and tells Beauty how ugly and terrible she is. Dilys has finally had enough of his abuse and takes Beauty away to a new home in Rabbit Cove. After their move, Dilys starts to become famous for her cookies to the point that Beauty is asked to show off her mother’s cookies on a national television show. The book cover of Cookie seems to suggest a more humorous, fun story. But don’t judge this book by it’s colorful cover. Wilson’s story is about how abusive relationships eat away someone’s confidence. Along with this, Wilson showcases the benefits of leaving those relationships to gain self-confidence and courage to face life. Wilson’s story is a revealing, endearing, and heart-wrenching narrative with great character development and a strong voice. (Found on the Children’s Book and Play Review)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda O'Donnell

    Beauty Cookson is no beauty. She’s a plain, timid girl surrounded by super-confident, snooty girls at school. Worse than the teasing in the playground, though, is the unpredictable criticism from her father. Frequently berated for breaking any of Dad’s hyper-fussy house rules, as well as for her lack of looks, confidence and friends, Beauty lives in uneasy fear whenever Dad’s at home. Her pretty, sweet mum is equally subject to Dad’s tirades. Eventually, after an unbearable birthday party and a Beauty Cookson is no beauty. She’s a plain, timid girl surrounded by super-confident, snooty girls at school. Worse than the teasing in the playground, though, is the unpredictable criticism from her father. Frequently berated for breaking any of Dad’s hyper-fussy house rules, as well as for her lack of looks, confidence and friends, Beauty lives in uneasy fear whenever Dad’s at home. Her pretty, sweet mum is equally subject to Dad’s tirades. Eventually, after an unbearable birthday party and a very real fear that Dad’s temper is out of control, Mum and Beauty run away. Very soon Mum and Beauty find themselves in an idyllic seaside resort where their new-found freedom and a moment of culinary inspiration give them a hobby, an income and even a new nickname for Beauty. Soon all Beauty’s dreams come true – and she deserves it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I decided to read this book as it has been on my shelf for a long time I don't really know what to make of it it was okay the story starts with beauty Watching Sam and Lily a TV show seeing as a baby show Beauty loves rabbits a friend of hers got her a rabbit for her birthday who didn't like pets in the house or pets at all for that matter so he leaves the cage openon purpose to get rid of the rabbit they find the rabbit die so blue is mum decides enough is enough and they leave him and go to th I decided to read this book as it has been on my shelf for a long time I don't really know what to make of it it was okay the story starts with beauty Watching Sam and Lily a TV show seeing as a baby show Beauty loves rabbits a friend of hers got her a rabbit for her birthday who didn't like pets in the house or pets at all for that matter so he leaves the cage openon purpose to get rid of the rabbit they find the rabbit die so blue is mum decides enough is enough and they leave him and go to the seaside where a nice man lets them say in his cottage Beauty's mum starts making cookies what is a big hit and people can't get enough of them so I give this bk 3 stars it wasn't the best book I've ever read but it was okay

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    Beauty Cookson is plain and timid, and all the super-confident and snooty girlz at school think her name is rediculous and tease her horribly.Worse than the taunting in the playground,though,is her father's constant, hurtful critisism.Beauty and her mum live in fear of Dad's fierce rages-sparked off when they break one of his fussy house rules or suggest something 'silly' like getting a pet.But Beauty's mum adores her,and does her best to keep Beauty happy despite all the tension and shouting.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I remembered reading this book for one whole day. I was hooked, only stopping to eat for breakfast and lunch. Beauty is an ironic name for the protagonist, who is often called 'ugly' and other names. I loathe her father a lot. I think he should be proud that his daughter is smart and kind than be a disrespectful daughter. He should be proud of his daughter for the person she is. I am angry at the way he treated his wife too. He thinks she's an ornament. You can show her off if you like and drop I remembered reading this book for one whole day. I was hooked, only stopping to eat for breakfast and lunch. Beauty is an ironic name for the protagonist, who is often called 'ugly' and other names. I loathe her father a lot. I think he should be proud that his daughter is smart and kind than be a disrespectful daughter. He should be proud of his daughter for the person she is. I am angry at the way he treated his wife too. He thinks she's an ornament. You can show her off if you like and drop it if you don't care anymore. All in all, I really enjoyed the book. There is no need for a sequel because everything is resolved in the end. There is a happy ending.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Meep

    I always love Jacqueline Wilson's books. Her characters are so real. I really felt for Beauty and I loved the humanity and warmth of her relationship with her mother and I really cheered when they left her father. I only wanted to know if he ever knew his daughter was on TV and absolutely beautiful.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mia Bakhthiar

    The book was very boring and whiny, not to downplay this character's problems or anything. I just couldn't enjoy the book. I didn't like it. It was so depressing, and not even in the good, soppy, heart-wrenching sort of sad, either. More like the please-stop-before-i-punch-ur-face type of sad.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ursula

    I don't remember much about this book apart from the fact that I thought it was really boring...why cant any book character be okay with the way they look? that is one thing that really annoys me about some books

  26. 4 out of 5

    anon

    I don't really admire Jaquline Wilson's books. She always writes about girls and even though I am a girl her books aren't very attracting or hooking. But this was the best book I've read by her. I can imagine this in reality.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Georgie

    This book was awesome! I love Jackie and this is definitly one of my favourite books of hers that I have ever read. I love the way Beauty and her mum find happiness in their cookies!

  28. 5 out of 5

    teleri llinos

    "Dad is a bad man because a) he gets so cross b) he orders us around c) he's a great big bully" Finishing this book feels like a huge accomplishment because of how long I've been wanting to read it! It was embarrassingly good, and funny and had a really strong message. I honestly became so attached to Dilly's achievements and breaking away from her abusive husband, protecting not only Beauty, but herself. I was so proud, and happy! The ending is a little cheesy, and makes me s"Dad "Dad is a bad man because a) he gets so cross b) he orders us around c) he's a great big bully" Finishing this book feels like a huge accomplishment because of how long I've been wanting to read it! It was embarrassingly good, and funny and had a really strong message. I honestly became so attached to Dilly's achievements and breaking away from her abusive husband, protecting not only Beauty, but herself. I was so proud, and happy! The ending is a little cheesy, and makes me scrunch my toes up with embarrassment but it was enjoyable and reminded me why I love Jacqueline Wilson books. They have meaning in the words, and it's focused on real problems but the way she writes makes it so child friendly and I love that about her books. I'm also glad Wilson didn't write Dilly and Mike together, she just left them as friends which made me happy because Dilly said that she wanted to be on her own for a while, another thing that made me proud. Wilson didn't force the relationship, I loved it. Wilson was able to tackle some really serious problems in this book, ones that doesn't make children run away crying because it's violent. She tackles bullying and abusive relationships and shows that this is not right and will hopefully stay with children so they can see the warning signs of these problems. It was so beautifully written!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rabia Khan

    Jacqueline Wilson was my entire childhood. We still have so many of her books up in my parent’s attic. Cookie came out when I was growing out of her books and reading other authors but recently I’ve picked up Wilson books again and I’m so happy I did! Cookie in particular is one that really resonated with me. We’re all Beauty at some point in our lives, whether that’s in the form of not being happy with ourselves and feeling insecure or whether that’s dealing with trouble at home. I think Cookie Jacqueline Wilson was my entire childhood. We still have so many of her books up in my parent’s attic. Cookie came out when I was growing out of her books and reading other authors but recently I’ve picked up Wilson books again and I’m so happy I did! Cookie in particular is one that really resonated with me. We’re all Beauty at some point in our lives, whether that’s in the form of not being happy with ourselves and feeling insecure or whether that’s dealing with trouble at home. I think Cookie is such an important book because it teaches you that you’ll come across unpleasant situations and people all the time but how you deal with those situations is important. I loved Beauty’s character and she would have been my fave 10 years ago but as a grown up I really felt Dilly’s character. She was so real and this is one of the reasons I love Wilson’s stories so much - there’s something in them for everyone and we can all take away really important messages. 4.5 stars overall ⭐️

  30. 5 out of 5

    Arden Belrose

    I'm not sure if it's because I'm too old for the target audience but this Jacqueline Wilson work was kinda boring. I also didn't appreciate the hypocritical attitude of some of the characters(even 2 adults!) in the book towards conventionally pretty girls, mostly the the girl towards the end of the story who didn't even do ANYTHING to the main character! They poked fun at her behind her back just because she wore a girly dress and tottered in heels. I find this to be an unhealthy message for young reade I'm not sure if it's because I'm too old for the target audience but this Jacqueline Wilson work was kinda boring. I also didn't appreciate the hypocritical attitude of some of the characters(even 2 adults!) in the book towards conventionally pretty girls, mostly the the girl towards the end of the story who didn't even do ANYTHING to the main character! They poked fun at her behind her back just because she wore a girly dress and tottered in heels. I find this to be an unhealthy message for young readers. The only thing I appreciated was the mental and physical abuse representation, which is the 1st time I've come across in a Jacqueline W. book and she's written it quite realistically. Trigger Warnings: Mental & Physical abuse, violent and somewhat graphic scene of animal abuse(already happened, not going through the actions).

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