My rating: 5 of 5 stars
OMG. This book... made me sad, made me cry, and filled me with hope.
My daughter actually read it last week and told me it was a great book, so I couldn't put it off any longer. And I pretty much devoured it. It's amazing!
Lucy used to devote most of her time to swimming. She has trophies, medals and ribbons, but since her older brother died she hasn't been able to go in the water. The first time she tries she actually has a panic attack and then refuses to go in the pool or the beach. This isn't as easy as it sounds because she lives in a coastal town.
She loved her brother--idolised him, really. He taught her how to do almost everything and she misses him like crazy. Since he died a few months ago, the whole family has been falling apart. Her father doesn't see anything but work, her mother can barely get out of bed, and her aunt is trying to keep everyone together.
Lucy distances herself from swimming and ends up hanging out with an old friend, Steffi. And that's how she meets Evan. A nice boy who just moved from Sydney. She instantly likes him, no matter how much she tries to distance herself because she's such a mess. And so, she keeps existing. But when she finds her brother's mobile phone and someone keeps sending text messages, she tries to figure out who it is... and realises that her brother had a few secrets.
This book is amazing. The writing style is intimate and draws the reader into the middle of this family's grief instantly. I found myself riding the rollercoaster of emotions with Lucy. All the lows and sadness that grip her daily, as well as the highs she reaches when she lets herself breathe again.
Another thing I loved about this book was the location. And the awesome Aussie feel. Not to mention that I got a kick out of the scene where Lucy and Evan go to Sydney, because I live near the suburbs mentioned. :)
Anyway, this is Trinity's debut novel and it's a beauty! There might be a lot of heartbreak while reading Lucy's story, but it's all worth it.
BTW, the cover is so pretty!
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