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The Other Madonna by Scot Gardener is a humerous yet heartfelt novel that tells the storyof seventeen year old Madonna who must deal with life love and her healing hands The portrayal of Madonnas life has many similar characteristics to other teenage fiction novels however has a magical fantasy aspect that may alienate some readers who are seeking a traditional teenage story Ultimately Gardner creates an intriguing and unique story The Other Madonna is different to Scot Gardeners other books in that the story focuses on the story of Madonna Maddie ODwyer instead of the male character that usually takes the lead This book is also written for a younger audience than Gardeners other books but its contemporary use of slang and dialogue opens it up to a broader audience At first glance the reader may be reminded of another teenage fiction book Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta as they both have similar content a stroy of a seventeen year old girl going through life and trying to find themselves Both books deal with everyday teen issues sex drugs and family problems However The Other Madonna has a fantasy aspect added to it which changes the dynmic of the story Maddies healing powers give an idea of another message the exploitation of someone for personal gain This theme is more worldly than most found in teenage fiction and sets The Other Madonna apart from the rest in a world of its own The Other Madonna centres around Madonna and her family her alcoholic father Tricky and her older drama queen of a sister Evie Their familys circumstance is disclosed straight away I wanted to tell her that Evies full fo crap That she treats Dad like an old dog and pokes him with her attitude until he snaps Its different for me Madonna has the job of trying to keep her family together without her mother who died soon after Maddie
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