Monday, 9 June 2014
Review: Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivson
Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.
I wanted this book the moment I first heard about it because I thought it'd be my sort of book. I wasn't at all disappointed by it and enjoyed it thoroughly from the very page through to the last.
Lobsters is the story of Hannah and Sam and their pursuit to find their Lobster. The theory being that lobsters mate for life. It is told in alternating sections flitting back and forth between Hannah and Sam's point of view.
Firstly for me this book is so so so funny. There were several sections whilst reading when I sat giggling like a loon to the events unfolding before me. Secondly I thought the teenage voices in this book were spot on and therefore the events and dialogue felt brilliantly authentic. Thirdly I loved how frank the book was towards teenage sex and how it didn't hold back with the swearing but it wasn't thrown in to shock or for the sake of it. I also loved that the main characters were that little bit older and on that cusp on moving onto university. The story itself was effortless to read and kept me wanting to read page after page late into the night to know what happened next.
All in all a book I thoroughly enjoyed and can't wait to push into the hands into my older students to introduce them to Hannah and Sam. Perfect if you are a Sarra Manning fan.