MY ROYAL GRAND GOLDEN LIFE (Mitt storslagna liv)
Mom has always said that I am “a unique person” that I am “different” and “special”. I think it’s just a kinder way to say “weird”.
I had exactly sixty days to become a new person. Or, well, fifty-nine. Then the summer break was over, and school would start. Obviously, it wouldn’t be easy, but it was not impossible. If you can travel to the moon, one should be able to become popular? Or? I would find out exactly how.
Sigge and his mother and siblings have moved from Stockholm to the small town Skärblacka, to grandmother and her boarding house. Sigge thinks it’s great. Now he can reboot himself and become a new person. The plan is to become immensely popular or at least be able to talk to people without them looking at him as if he is a freak. But how do you make friends? How to become popular? And above all: can you fix it in 59 days?
Jenny Jägerfeld is back with a story about loneliness and friendship, exclusion and popularity and about choosing who you want to be. Just as in her previous books, the critically acclaimed Top Bro! and August Prize nominated Comedy Queen, Jägerfeld writes an unforgettable story combining magnificent humor and important topics.
Russia: Albus Corvus
Sweden: Rabén & Sjögren
“My Royal Grand Golden Life is a wonderful, fast-paced story. Jenny Jägerfeld writes in a very fluent way, rich in dialogue and with nice language. The portraits are colorful and vibrant, the environments very finely and elaborately drawn. The increasing intensity of the last third of the book takes a firm grip on the reader. Sigge’s concern and excitement for the new is portrayed with tender care, great spirit and joyful storytelling. Overall rating: 5.”
BTJ / SWE
“An unusually “usual” story by Jägerfeld, but with an unusually charming set of characters. It doesn’t take long until you are totally hooked on Sigge’s world with the turtle, an eccentric grandmother, loud younger siblings and the exciting Juno, who runs the website Blacka News. Fun, warm, emotional and cosy in the familiar Jägerfeld style.”
Vi läser / SWE
“Jenny Jägerfeld is a talented storyteller. […] With fun details and vivid language, My Royal Grand Golden Life becomes an entertaining and great novel for its target audience. Also, how it puts words on many things that are difficult becomes a bonus.”
Dagens ETC / SWE
“It is a wonderful story about Sigge and his colorful family that goes straight to your heart. I love Jenny’s frank writing style, which is funny without feeling constructed or artificial. It’s just naturally funny. At the same time, it has a streak of blackness and scratches under the surface.”
Villavonkansbooks / SWE