Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Diary of a Chav by Grace Dent

Shiraz Bailey Wood hates being called a "chav." Don't know what a chav is? Most Americans don't. A chav is an British insult for a working-class person who is obsessed with American hip-hop fashions, such as hoop earrings and hoodie sweatshirts. Shiraz's school is full of these people, earning her school the nickname "Superchav Academy." But Shiraz isn't like them. In this book written like a diary, we get a good look at the working-class life of a Briton, with Shiraz's hilarious commentary.

Diary of a Chav was a very cute book. It's one of those books that you can read in between summer reading because it's light and funny and a very easy read. I really enjoyed reading about the main character Shiraz and all of her antics. My only qualm with this book is that it was written in Great Britain and Shiraz uses a lot of British slang, so I didn't understand everything that was going on. Otherwise the book was very good.

7 out of 10.

Release Date: October 2008

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