What brilliant debut book. I was gripped by the lives of these school friends (and enemies) from the first moment and carried along on Alice's journey of self-enlightenment.
There is a wonderful slow-burn romance, unexpected allies and changing dynamics as alliances shift.
The way this group of teenagers survive the trials of high school (and one another) is such a realistic portrayal of the issues faced. I love how loyalties are formed and tested along the way.
It's also a lesson in not judging a book by its cover - as far as people go, you can absolutely judge the entertainment of the story by this cute cover. Teddy is a bit of a lost soul but a deep thinker and feeler who is a perfect match for Alice.
This book is another fabulous example of Poppy Nwosu's skill at exploring deep teenage issues while maintaining a humorous edge.
Lottie's family is broken, which seems to be the norm. Rather than facing up to issues, she allows her impulsive nature to constantly land her in trouble and alienate others. But she has three precious allies: a best female friend; a best male friend; and a doting dad.
Her journey to take down Evelyn, her stepmother and anyone else who gets in her way, turns into a journey of self-discovery and opens wounds to family drama that many of us live on a daily basis.
This story is eloquently told with a host of colourful characters that will take you from giggling and rolling laughter to tears. Lottie's volatility is the perfect portrayal of teenage angst and self-absorption.
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.”