I have come across the perfect summer read for the middle schooler in your life (high schooler, too)!
I started GOLDFISH two days ago, not knowing what to expect.The description on Net Galley was fun but a tad vague:
I am Lou Brown:
Social outcast, precocious failure, 5’10” and still growing.
I was on the fast track to the Olympic superstardom.
Now, I’m training boys too cool to talk to me. In a sport I just made up. In a fish tank.
My life has quickly become very weird.
Nat Luurtsema’s YA debut is side-splittingly funny and painfully true to anyone who’s just trying to figure out how they fit into the world.
I can’t express how much I loved this book. Lou (Louise) is a character that any reader can’t help but love. She is a bit of a misfit and definitely awkward with the hyper self-consciousness that only comes with adolescence, but SO funny that I laughed until I cried in parts of this book. Seriously!
Poor Lou doesn’t make the cut to go to a special training camp for the Olympics so she must reinvent herself, so to speak. No more swimming and training every day. No more being part of the team. Unfortunately for her, her best friend DOES make it, so she is floundering a bit at high school without her BFF anchor and her swim star identity. One thing leads to another and Lou ends up helping to choreograph a swim routine for a group of boys determined to get on “Britain’s Hidden Talent”. What ensues is hilarious yet serious, ridiculous yet touching.
Love, love, love.
I’m buying my almost 13 year old a copy for her birthday this summer. Can’t wait to share this story with her.
It releases on June 7.
Thank you for my review copy!