Dizzy is turning 12. She lives with her father in a flat in England with an ordinary outer life and a mysterious background. The only memories of her mother are currently tacked to her corkboard, and her father--and his girlfriend--are quiet over the whereabouts of Dizzy's runaway parent. But things suddenly pick up speed when Storm, a hippie woman with wild clothes and a cocky attitude, shows up at the front door, who sweeps Dizzy right off her feet and whirls her around the green hills of Scotland in a patchwork van.
I bought "Dizzy" last year in the 8th grade and read it in a matter of days. I adore this book. Cathy Cassidy, being British herself, is a genius when it comes to writing. Her style is fresh and simple, with sybolism that isn't put in your face. Yes, I found the beginning obvious as well, but I was able to get myself over this and enjoy the rest of the story. Many people might find this book slow and boring and action-less, but I loved following Dizzy around the forests with Finn (a boy with dreadlocks and his soul in a guitar), Mouse (a confused, trouble-making orphan), and Leggit (a scruffy, laughable dog) and throughout the festivals where she hangs out with fourtune-tellers and paints faces.
And the story is very real, tackling subjects some authors overdo and exaggerate--parental disappointment, the confusing times between pre-teen and teen, responsibility, and the different sorts of love between family and friends. I loved the whole "New Age Traveler" topic and I guess this story can really show that love--and, unfortunately, disappointment--can come from all different walks of life, and that life really is just a spinning, ever-changing, dizzy experience.
Cassidy's other books, Indigo Blue and Scarlett, are both very special reads, and she has also written Driftwood (only released in UK) and soon-to-be-published Sundae Girl (UK) and Lucky Star (UK) are bound to be heart-warmers.