A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle is a multigenerational story written for children. This novel deals with the themes of death and dying, ghosts, saying good-bye to loved ones who are in the process of passing on to the afterlife, and four generations of women/girl taking a midnight road trip towards the end of the novel.
A Greyhound of a Girl is my first experience with anything written by Roddy Doyle. I like that this children's novel deals with death and dying in such a way that makes it less scary for children with other elements like ghosts, etc. mixed in to make for interesting reading. But overall, I thought A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle was just an okay read. The over use of the words 'cheeky', 'grand', 'like' and a few other words/phrases became annoying after awhile and detracted from the reading experience in my opinion.
Below is the plot summary for A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle from Amazon:
Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny’s own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.
I am giving A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.
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