The Confusion of Karen Carpenter

Jonathan Harvey

15 August 2013
400 pages


The Confusion of Karen Carpenter, a book that will make you laugh and cry, is by Coronation Street scriptwriter Jonathan Harvey.

'It's a total page-turner, very entertaining, then very moving.' – Marian Keyes, ahuthor of Grown Ups

Hello. There are two things you should know about me:

1) My name is Karen Carpenter.

2) Just before Christmas my boyfriend left me.

I’m not THE Karen Carpenter. I just have the most embarrassing name in Christendom. Particularly as I’m no skinny minny and don’t play the drums.

I can’t even sing. I’m tone deaf. I work in a school in the East End. (Where I came third in a ‘Teacher we’d most like to sleep with’ competition amongst the Year 11 boys)

My Mum’s driving me mad. She’s come to stay and is obsessed with Scandi crime shows and Zumba.

Oh yeah. The boyfriend. After eleven ‘happy’ years he left me. No explanation just a post it on the kettle when I got in from work. I think I’m handling it really well. I don’t think I’m confused at all. What was my name again?

I knew Jonathan Harvey could make me laugh. I didn't expect him to make me cry too. The bastard.
I enjoyed it HUGELY . . . It's a lovely book, Karen is a very likeable character and it's great fun, all the different plot-lines and potential twists totally had me hooked and kept me guessing, but all the same, the reveal totally blind-sided me. I really wasn't expecting it! . . . I take my hat off to you, it's a total page-turner, very entertaining, then very moving.
Light-hearted and funny, but with a twist that will have you hooked.