***Jasmine: I was so pleased when you suggested that I read Lobsters as your first recommendation because it’s a book that I’ve been dying to read for absolutely ages! I’m so happy that this was just as amazing as I’d hoped.
Michelle: *HAPPY DANCE* I am so, so glad. I first heard about this on Lucy’s contemporary recommendations video and picked it up as soon as I saw it at the library. I loved this book so much. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s actually one of the best sweet contemporary YA novels I’ve read (yes, I am splitting my contemporary categories because I have so many favourites). Lobsters was so fun and lovely, but there’s real heart there which many teens and young adults will resonate with. There’s definitely something magical about Aussie YA, but I feel the same is true for UKYA. This book felt so ridiculously British and I adored it all the more for that. Being a Brit yourself Jasmine, how did you find it?
Jasmine: This is definitely one of my favourite books of 2015! I haven’t laughed out loud at a book in ages and this had me giggling from the first page. Lucy and Tom are fantastic authors who get it; they know exactly what it’s like to be teenagers, and they know exactly what makes teenagers laugh. I honestly haven’t ever laughed at a book like the way I laughed at Hannah talking about her painful bikini wax – the word ‘minge’ gets me every time! Sometimes I struggle with YA, even UKYA, because it can feel distant and slightly out of touch by using odd phrases or making weird American references that I don’t get but with Lobsters it just felt SO familiar! It’s so obviously that Tom and Lucy are from the UK because all made sense – of course the girls went to Kavos, that’s what all the Brits do! Michelle did you find some of the Britishisms hard to get?
Michelle: I’m sure there were things I missed! But I watch a lot of British TV (comedy in particular) so for me Lobsters was exactly what I love about UKYA because it felt SO British. I don’t even know where Kavos is to be honest, but if this were set in Australia the girls would have gone to Bali. And the festival would have been Splendour in the Grass. Anyway, that’s beside the point. Lobsters was so, so funny. I read it during a really difficult week and it was just the thing to take my mind off reality. The best thing was it didn’t feel forced. I’m kind of relieved to hear you say it felt realistic to you, because I’ve always imagined that’s what British life is like and I’m pretty glad Lucy and Tom haven’t let me down!
Jasmine: I really loved that dual narrative was used in Lobsters because unlike many books with 2 voices, both of the storylines in this could have carried a novel alone so having them condensed into one book resulted in something super-duper! I thought that the alternating voices were used to cleverly tell the story in a way that didn’t feel jumpy but instead provided a satisfying and humorous telling of Sam and Hannah’s pursuits to lose their virginities. I really do love dual narratives and Lucy and Tom make it look SO easy! (If anyone is interested in reading other books told in dual narrative, Non Pratt’s Trouble and Remix are both brilliant!)
Check out Jasmine’s blog, Jassyfizzle, for part two of our review!