Title: Girl Out Of Water
Author: Nat Luurtsema
Publisher: Walker Books
Release: Out now!
Which animal is similar to this book? This book is fast-paced, hilarious and the main character is very clumsy. Therefore, it’s obviously a bulldog puppy. Bulldog puppies are gorgeous and very popular but when they’re small, their feet are huge and they don’t really know how to control them yet so they end up falling over a lot. I knew one bulldog puppy who would do some kind of comically slow fall everytime she was scared or if something made her jump. Of course they’re lovely (as is this book) but when they’re not asleep, they’re running around at top speed and falling over a lot. This book is the same in the sense that it is fast, funny to read and a lot of the humor is at the expense of the characters.
The blurb says: Stars in her eyes, water in her ears, boys on her nerves… Lou Brown is out of her depth. A thoroughly British teen comedy starring a hilariously flawed heroine with a quip for every occasion – perfect for fans of Holly Smale, Holly Bourne, Caitlin Moran and Sophie Kinsella. Lou Brown’s life is going down the pan. Best friend Hannah sailed through the Olympic time trials and is off to her fancy-pants new swim training school, while Lou’s own failure to qualify leaves her without a hobby – or a friend. As Lou tries to navigate her post-swim world, a chance encounter with three boys with stars in their eyes takes her life in a surprising new direction. One that leads to a crazy world of underwater somersaults, talent show auditions, bitchy girls and one great big load of awkward boy chat.
I just love this book, Nat Luurtsema is a comedy genius. I saw her talk at YALC 2016 and met her as well and that was the reason I decided to read this book actually. She was just so funny and honest with everything she said that I knew I’d love her book. It’s not often I laugh out loud at a book but she achieved it multiple times. Everything is unexpected and insane and wacky but at the same time, it’s quite easy to see how everything links together and how it could actually happen in real life, put into those circumstances.
It’s a very light-hearted, warm book but there are aspects of more serious themes such as jealousy and family problems. There’s also a small aspect of body image provided by Hannah (Lou’s best friend). It follows Lou’s journey after failing to get into the swim school with Hannah as she attempts to fit in at school and find new things to do with her new, increased free time. There are emotions involved and even a couple of boys but the focus isn’t on the romance. The story is predominantly humor and I love how beautifully insane the plot is.
This book truly is a work of art; the perfect balance of serious situations and sarcastic one-liners along with slightly awkward situations with the odd hilarious anecdote thrown in there. I feel like I need to read more about Lou’s tragic mishaps to be honest though. *insert broken heart emoji* I’m genuinely starting to miss her since I finished this book a day ago…Anyway, 10 out of 10 paw prints, beautifully, hysterically funny story, all should read!