Quirky, fun and amusing. I had been meaning to pick up Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison ever since readUKya week, and I’m glad I finally got to it.
Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find ‘The One’. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.
Lobsters was such an great read, I stayed up until 2am reading it in one sitting and there were points when I literally laughed out loud. Probably inappropriate considering the time.
I think my favourite thing about this book was how imperfect and realistic Sam and Hannah are. Hannah has very low self-esteem, and was sort of a pushover when it came to friends and standing up for herself. But this makes sense because, as a teenager, there’s a certain point where you become reluctant to call people out on things when you’ve known them for a long time. She also seemed to believe she was downright ugly, but considering quite a number of guys were attracted to her, I doubt this was the case. Sam also had his fair share of quirks, including this one scene where he gets drunk and loses his temper quite quickly.
I feel like I could really relate to the whole A Levels/UCAS aspect of this story since I was in their position of applying to universities only last year. As many others will, I also connected to the peer pressure, family pressure (of getting into the right university, doing well etc.) and just self-pressure (is that a thing?) that played a significant part in this story.
In one sentence, it was a fun story, with interesting characters and since the weather is beautiful, it’s a perfect summer read!