Girl in Between by Anna Daniels
Published April 26th, 2017 by Allen & Unwin
RRP AUD $29.99
Lucy Crighton has just moved in with some gregarious housemates called Brian and Denise . . . who are her parents. She’s also the proud mother of Glenda, her beloved 10-year-old . . . kelpie. And she has absolutely no interest in the dashing son of her parents’ new next-door neighbour . . . well, maybe just a little.
When you’re the girl in between relationships, careers and cities, you sometimes have to face some uncomfortable truths . . . like your Mum’s obsession with Cher, your father’s unsolicited advice, and the fact there’s probably more cash on the floor of your parents’ car than in your own bank account.
Thank goodness Lucy’s crazy but wonderful best friend, Rosie, is around to cushion reality, with wild nights at the local Whipcrack hotel, escapades in Japanese mud baths, and double dating under the Christmas lights in London.
But will Lucy work out what she really wants to do in life and who she wants to share it with?
Girl in Between is a warm, upbeat and often hilarious story about life at the crossroads. Featuring an endearing and irrepressible cast of characters, it will have you chuckling from start to finish.
Prior to receiving this book, I hadn’t heard anything about it. I read the blurb and was really excited, it sounds like a promising read. I hadn’t heard of the author before, since Girl in Between is her debut novel. Recently, I’ve been reading a lot more adult fiction than YA fiction, and this one followed similar lines to adult fiction romances, and reminded me of Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life, but somewhat fell a bit short for me.
The writing style was alright, it seemed more like a verbal story than a novel at some points, and the flow was a little odd to me. The whole book seemed like it was going pretty quickly, going from different places, to being with different people, and it was just a tumbly turny adventure. It was definitely interesting though, and I was quite amused at the whole Cher theme.
The characters were a bit too wishy washy for my liking, I don’t like how indecisive Lucy and Oscar were, and I really, really don’t like anything to do with love triangles, especially if one part is already in a relationship????? Not cool. The characters were a bit meh to me, like I did like them, but I wasn’t attached to any of them, I also thought the age was a bit odd, since Lucy and Rosie did not act 32 at all. Lucy’s parents were a bit odd, but I liked them. I also really liked the relationship between Rosie and Lucy’s parents, I thought it was cool how close she was to them.
To be honest, I didn’t really laugh out loud at any parts (even though the cover promised a ‘laugh-out-loud novel’!), and I’m a bit sad about that, because I really wanted to love this book, the synopsis held so much potential. I feel like there’s potential in the story, but it could be developed a bit further.
I probably wouldn’t recommend this to readers outside of Australia, just because there was a very strong Aussie vibe to the book, and I feel like the reader would have to be from Australia to be able to enjoy it properly, so while I got most of the references, I wasn’t as into it.
I received a review copy from the publisher.
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