* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Publisher: Chicken House
Release Date: January 7th 2016
Summary (from Goodreads):
Kicked out of ballet academy and straight into a school ski trip, Mouse knows certain classmates can’t wait to see her fall flat on her face. Meanwhile, Jack looks forward to danger and girls, but hasn’t a clue about either. That’s until French teen sensation Roland arrives in the resort – who Jack’s a dead ringer for. When Roland persuades Jack to be his stand-in for a day, Jack, in disguise, declares his feelings for Mouse. But what happens when he’s no longer a pop star – will it be music and magic on the slopes?
I have to confess – I still hadn’t read Lobsters when I read this book. Not for any particular reason: I’d heard great things about it, but it just wasn’t one I’d bought/been bought/got round to reading yet. I’m hoping by the time I publish this review on the blog I’ll have read Lobsters too!
The thing about this book was the characters – you just connected with them straight away. I really felt awful for Mouse and her situation: it must be so horrible to feel your dreams ripped away from you (though at least she went to ballet school for a bit, I didn’t even get that far!) I could really feel her dread at going back to her old school, and it’s easy to see how her little lie slipped out and evolved.
Having never been a teenage boy (or had much to do with them, going to a girl’s school) I probably connected less with Jack and his friends, but that’s predictable I guess. I still really enjoyed them as characters – they were likeable but also a bit irritating/gross/girl obsessed (as I imagine all teenage boys are!) The way they talk about women did kind of irritate me, but it did feel like accurate teenage boy talk: if they’d been super respectful and PC about everything then it would have felt forced.
You can see where the plot is going even from the blurb, but it’s a well written and enjoyable ride and I raced through it. There’s wonderful moments of silliness that made me laugh out loud, some classic high school bitchiness and a sweet little romance that blossoms throughout. I really enjoyed this book, and will now make sure I read Lobsters soon too!
If you enjoyed this, you might like All of the Above by James Dawson