Are We Having Fun Yet?
by Lucy Mangan
Meet Liz: all she wants is some peace and quiet so she can read a book with her cat Henry, love of her life, by her side. But trampling all over this dream is a group of wild things also known as Liz’s family. Namely:
Richard – a man, a husband, no serious rival to Henry.
Thomas – their sensitive seven year old son, for whom life is a bed of pain already.
Evie – five year old acrobat, gangster, anarchist, daughter.
And as if her family’s demands (Where are the door keys? Are we made of plastic? Do ‘ghost poos’ really count?) weren’t enough, Liz must also contend with the madness of parents, friends, bosses, and at least one hovering nemesis. Are We Having Fun Yet? is a year with one woman as she faces all the storms of modern life (babysitters, death, threadworms) on her epic quest for that holy grail: a moment to herself.
I’m not sure what made me pick up this audiobook but I’m so glad that I did. I loved ‘Are We Having Fun Yet?’ by Lucy Mangan!
The book takes the form of a diary written by a lady called Liz. Married to a guy called Richard and mother to Thomas and Evie, Liz tells her story of one year from start to finish. She’s a young working mother who does more than her fair share of work at home too, spending her year navigating her roles as mum, wife, friend, colleague and sometimes, just regular human!
It’s exhausting to think about a year in such a life, but this book is written with so much humour. I found myself laughing out loud on so many occasions and although I’m not married with young kids, so much of Liz’s life is really relatable. Richard is a great father, but he’s clueless, Thomas is adorable but his teacher’s are concerned he may be too introverted and Evie… well Evie is quite the opposite.
The characters feel very realistic and unlike some other mum/school stories that I’ve read, even the snooty parents feel real and not too over the top. Everyone single one of the names in this story could be people that you meet in real life. The story is well written and descriptive so I found that I was able to very clearly picture everything that was happening, the people and the locations too.
I also loved that the audiobook was narrated by the author as it was full of passion, with dramatic pause, sarcasm and emphasis exactly where it was intended to be. You could tell that Lucy Mangan knows her stuff and has been through much of this madness herself!
“‘D’you think,’ muses Thomas, ‘it would hurt more to be hit on the head by a mallet or a hammer?’
I don’t think I have a bad word to say – highly recommended!
Overall rating: “Are We Having Fun Yet?” is a really fun, honest account of a year in the life of a fictional young mum but I’m sure it’ll resonate with so many. I really really liked this one and found myself laughing out loud throughout. Would highly recommend the audiobook – 5 stars!