With her marriage in tatters, Ellen decides to realise her dream of living in a cottage in the country. Unfortunately, the image she has in her head and the reality of rural life couldn’t be further apart! With two teenage children more concerned by the lack of wifi, a new dog that is definitely not Instagrammable and chatty chickens that appear to have an attitude problem, has she bitten off more than she can chew?
This, the third book in the series, sees Ellen at a definite turning point in her life, making it a much more melancholy read than the previous installment, Why Mummy Swears. As well as the separation from her husband, there are several other traumatic events that Ellen has to endure, affecting her mood throughout the book. One, in particular, had my own heart racing as we see her fearing for the safety of one of her children.
Despite these events, the humour in this book is still there, with numerous laugh out loud moments. I particularly loved Ellen trying to relive her youth, accompanying her daughter to a music festival and having an unfortunate encounter with some body glitter! The love-hate relationship she shares with her teenage daughter, Jane, is very accurate, with her offspring displaying constant embarrassment due to her mother’s antics, despite her friends thinking that she has a cool mum!
Another thing I really liked about this book was the flashbacks it provided from my own childhood! I can definitely remember those rubber shower attachments which would fall off the taps at the worst moment possible, making washing your hair an impossibility!
Why Mummy Doesn’t Give a ****! provided me with much laughter, and if you have not read any of this series before, and are in need of a good laugh, I can highly recommend them.