Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I hope it's all been about books as this is International Book Giving Day- far more important!
If you want to know more about the history behind Valentine's Day, look at the History Channel's site- very interesting! http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day
So, the perfect post for Valentine's Day, and the reason for the quote from 'Friends' as today's title, is this book- 'Lobsters' by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison (Chicken House ISBN: 978-1909489332)
Proving once again that children's fiction is not just for children, I whole-heartedly recommend this to everyone ( over a certain age!)
Written from the perspective of Sam and Hannah, this is a funny and touching run of misunderstandings, interference of friends, teenage angst and ultimately, love. Tom and Lucy write in turn as the main characters giving each a unique voice. They feel like real teenagers; they sound like real teenagers; they act like real teenagers. You care about what happens to them- you find yourself cheering them on and shouting in exasperation when the many twists of the book work against them.
One of the many charms of this book is that all the friends in the background of Lucy and Tom's story are also well drawn and convincing. Any one of them could have a book written about them and you would come to read it feeling like they were someone you knew and cared about!
Feel good fun for the one you love- your lobster!
And here is the new book from this pair- 'Never Evers'.( Chicken House ISBN: 978-1910002360)
I'm ashamed to say I've had it a while, but haven't managed to read it yet! One for the train journey to London this week...