Sunday, 23 April 2017

Review: Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Title: Lobsters
Authors: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
Publisher: Chicken House
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

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.
Lobsters was laugh out loud funny, and just brought back such fond and awkward memories of being a teenager. I could have read this is one sitting. I loved it.

Hannah and Sam are predictably a bit concerned about losing their virginities before University, and as teenagers do, they constantly think about what it will be like and who will be the right person. They inadvertently meet one night at a house party and loads of awkwardness and hilarity ensure. Misunderstandings and miscommunication rule as both of them try to navigate the minefields of their feelings and friendships.

I have never read a book that has captured the essence of what it is truly like to be a teenager in Britain so well. The humour was just fantastic, I was crying with laughter at points. I think the  'frenemy' relationship between Hannah and her 'best friend' Stella so relatable. I absolutely detested Stella! But it reminded me of the lack of self confidence as a teen that sometimes results in keeping a toxic friendship, even though all that 'friend' does is make you feel like shit about yourself. It was perfectly done. In fact, all of the friendships in this book were conveyed brilliantly. 

I have never read a young adult book before that presented first sexual encounters as realistically as this novel. It was cringe worthy, awkward, hilarious and just really accurate. I thought it was just brilliant, if quite uncomfortable to read because of the cringe factor.

I think this is a great book for older teenagers, the characters in the book are seventeen/eighteen but I think teens that are fifteen and up would really relate to this story. It really reminded me of being that age and I think everybody would get loads of giggles from this book.


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