Style: Weak

Attitude: Unobjectionable

Cover of Goggle-Eyes

Author: Anne Fine

Age Range: Young Teens

Period: Contemporary

Genres:  Coping withFamily


Helen is upset about her mother's boyfriend; her friend tells Helen of the difficulties she had coming to terms with her own mother's “boyfriend” (both are middle-aged) whom she nicknames “Goggle Eyes”.


The underlying story is that both sets of parents (Helen's and her friend's) are divorced and borth mothers are looking for new partners. This state of affairs is presented as normal. Had the book been about, say, two widowed mothers, it could have been recommendable: there are some amusing parts and evidence of friendship.

Tuesday 1st January 2002