My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Tears in my cereal this morning as I finished Trinity Doyle’s debut novel. What a moving story. Lucy’s brother, Cam, drowned a couple of months ago. Before that, Lucy was a champion backstroker. Now, she can barely look at the pool, let alone get into the water. Her whole life has been the pool, but now she must find other things to fill it. Drifting aimlessly, she is drawn to her ex-best-friend, Steffi, who has turned into a bit of a wild child. There is also Evan, the new boy in town, who Lucy can’t stop thinking about. Complicating things is Cam’s best mate Ryan, for whom Lucy carries a smouldering torch.
One day as she goes through Cam’s things looking for answers, Lucy finds his mobile phone. Someone has been sending cryptic poetic messages to it – seemingly romantic messages. Lucy is determined to find out who the mystery texter is and along the way finds out more about her brother – and herself – than she bargained for.
I found the developing relationship between Lucy and Evan very believable in this novel. Evan is just the right blend of cool and nerdy and intriguing, whilst Lucy is messed up, lost, smart and looking for love. I also loved Lucy’s caring, distant, flawed parents. Her mum is devastated by the loss of her son – not knowing how to take a step forward. Her dad reminded me of my own father – head down and focus on anything except the huge hole in his life with his son gone.
This is a beautiful first novel, full of emotion, raw and pure, with a lyrical and uplifting ending. Read it. It will make you love life more.
For ages 14 and up