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Kook by Chris Vick

A heart-pounding love story that grips like a riptide, and doesn’t let go…

Fifteen-year old Sam has moved from the big city to the coast – stuck there with his mum and sister on the edge of nowhere.

Then he meets beautiful but damaged surfer-girl Jade. Soon he’s in love with her, and with surfing itself. But Jade is driven by an obsession: finding and riding a legendary huge wave no one has ever ridden.

As the weeks wear on, their relationship barrels forward with the force of a deep-water wave – into a storm, to danger … and to heartbreak.

My thoughts
I really enjoyed this book. Exactly what I've been wanting to read for a good while now.

I loved that they main characters were easy to were really easy to relate to. I instantly warmed to them and found myself really invested in them from the outset. I loved the fact that it's YA contemp and a love story but from a male perspective. It was interesting to see the different perspective when most of the the YA contemps I read are from a female perspective.  The love story is really intense and captured that way in which those first loves can be all encompassing.

For me this book was a bit of a love letter to the surfing and cornwall. I'm not a surfer by any means but have been a few times where I mostly flailed around in the water ungraceful but even that experience gave me a real insight as to why those who do it are so addicted because that feeling of being in the sea and the rush when you catch a wave is like nothing else. This book really showed that as you see the main character Sam as he learns to surf after moving to Cornwall. Cornwall itself is one of those places I personally can't get enough of and again this book really gets across why the place is so addictive.

All in all a book I really enjoyed and definitely worth a read.