Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book to review however all thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way influenced by this.
I honestly don’t think I’ve read a book set in Australia before and I loved it. It was great to read a book written in a different setting. I loved the characters slang and weirdly how many things and traditions are similar to British ones.
I thought the characters, especially Sam, were written so well. I felt Sam’s pain and anguish and his rollercoaster of thoughts and loss. He not only lost his mum but also himself. This book is about Sam trying to find himself again which sounds cheesy however I certainly haven’t read a book like this. I did find it difficult to read in some places as it was frustrating that Sam wasn’t given the right care after such a trauma.
I also loved finding out more about surfing, the references did confuse me as someone who’s idea of a beach is pebbles and cold water, but I loved the connection the characters had with surfing and the sea.
Sam’s relationships are great and develop so well. This book made me feel all the emotions, from laughter to sadness to anger and cringyness. It was well written and the plot brilliantly climaxed to the conclusion and reveal which is hinted at throughout the book.
This is such a good contemporary book set in the late nineties (before I was born *gasp*) in Australia. I would definitely recommend it especially if you’re after reading something a contemporary that’s a little bit different.
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