I finally got it from the library!
First impressions. This is a difficult book for me to read.Everything seems so 'over the top'. Sure the family of Matilda is gormless and unnoticing of who and what she is, but I'm not very impressed by her retaliation in kind. However, she is simply being as she has been taught to be, mimicking their resonances and actions, so I'm not very surprised at what she does.
Then I read that Roald Dahl also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and it all sort of clicked into place. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is totally 'over the top'! (I did, however, totally love the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder is ... awesome.)
But in the meantime, I'm hoping it gets better and she stops getting back at the miseries inflicted on her by her father and mother by retaliating in kind.
Do I have a 'one amazing book'? Several come to mind -- the one which popped up first is The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. Here is a person who didn't fit in with the life into which she was born and yet, with serendipitous occurrences, she finds a life and way of being which suits her exactly and she makes it her own.
"You have the inborn natural right to remain silent. Don't think about it, don't talk about it, shuush ....... STILL." ~ Xaris