Wednesday, 11 October 2017


TITLE: Lobsters
AUTHOR:  Katherine Webber
PUBLISHER:  Walker Books
RATING:  4/5



Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing's speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.

"Lobsters" is completely relatable- any teenager in the UK would understand the trials and tributions the characters go through. Hannah and Sam go to different schools, and have separate groups of friends. But they meet by accident at a house party, in the bathroom. They both don't forget how connected they were, but they keep meeting up and then losing touch. But are they each other's true lobster?

This book is raw, honest and utterly hilarious, and for multiple pages I was laughing out loud, which doesn't often happen to me when reading. I really liked the differing male to female perspectives, Hannah and Sam were loveable characters that a reader could draw parallels in them both: their individual personalities came alive through the page.

Tom and Lucy had the pace of the plot exactly right- it made me race through the book. Don't be fooled by the pastel coloured cover: it is mature, but is also so realistic to an 18 year old's life in their final year at school. Things are so hard- moving onto the next chapter of your life after leaving school weaved in with the insecurities that teens have from the media. I like how the book was centred around an accurate representation of sex and the myths surrounding it. Even the less liked characters like Stella are so relatable in a school situation. The authors capture the essence of the teenage voice
so perfectly. Admittedly, this book isn’t for everyone, but it is perfect and fun for any sixth former.

I enjoyed this book immensely: if you are looking for a refreshing and realistic read, then “Lobsters” is definitely one for you. It has made me put Tom and Lucy’s other books to the top of my TBR.


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