You know when your mum tries to be ‘hip’ and ‘current’ and ends up just completely embarrassing you instead?
Now imagine writing a YA book with your mum – superstar mother-daughter duo Perdita and Honor Cargill do just that. And they do it excellently.
We got the Cargills to test out just how well they really know how teens are talking and what they’re talking about. Is the generation gap between mum and daughter really a barrier to knowing everything?
It’s Perdita vs Honor.
H: OK, easy one ‘chirpse’
P: I know this one *smug face. It means flirting, right? Our editor banned you from using it in ‘Waiting for Callback’ because she said no-one would know what it meant.
H: I still haven’t got over that. It’s going into Book 3. You’re pretty much right but I’m only giving you half a point because I taught you it. How about lit?
P: Too easy. Short for literary. Refers to a genre. E.g. chicklit. Back in my comfort zone.
H: This is awkward. You’re so wrong. An even easier one, ship.
P: Years of watching Made in Chelsea are finally paying off. Short for relationship. As in ‘I totally ship Binky and JP’ (I don’t). I’m on fire.
H: C.H.Y.L.H.B. (clue, it’s an abbreviation).
P: *long pause…Chicks have yellow legs and hairy bums?
H: YES! HOW DID YOU KNOW?!?!?! No obviously, I just put some random letters together. What about cushioning?
P: That sounds sweet. It’s got a hygge vibe. I’ll go with cuddling.
H: Nah. It’s when you are chirpsing one person but you make sure you keep a few others as possibilities. Kylizzlemynizzle?
P: Is that another made up one? No? OK, I’ll go with Kylie Minogue is…something??
H: How dare you – we’re talking King Kylie, Queen of Snapchat here. Bucket hat – let me quote you a line from our last chapter ‘10.25 p.m. There’s a boy in the kitchen wearing a bucket hat. I think I’m going to cry.
P: I knew you were going to humiliate me like this. We’re both sadly aware that (until some time after Take Two had gone to print) I thought you were writing about a boy wearing an actual bucket on his head…
H: This is so embarrassing.
P: Thanks Maximum Pop! for setting us this inter-generational challenge on my birthday!
We think Perdita did a brilliant job, even though she did lose a little bit… Perdita and Honor work together a hell of a lot better when it comes to writing books! The second book featuring aspiring actress Elektra, ‘Take Two’, is even better than the first. She’s finally gotten her callback and landed a role in a Hollywood movie and she’s also got a sort-of boyfriend. If only he wasn’t heading off to Transylvania to film…
Do you even know all of these? Let us know in the comments below.