Author: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
Publication Date: 5th June 2014 (Chicken House)
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. [Goodreads]
I’ll admit that when I first started this book it felt a bit rocky for me. There were certain bits of it that took me a while to adjust to, mostly revolving around the dialogue (do people say ‘minge’? I have yet to meet anyone who uses that word…).
Sam and Hannah are on the search for their ‘lobster’. Their ‘mate for life’. Their one and only. Out of their friends they’re yet to lose their virginity. But when embarrassing events lead them to the same bathroom at a house party, the summer before going off to uni doesn’t seem so bad… Oh but they don’t ask for each others names so labels ‘Ribena girl’ and ‘Toilet boy’ come into play. The push and pull, the peer pressure of life and other factors throw Sam and Hannah through awkward and disastrous path crossings.
The tagline was something that drew me to this book: ‘a socially awkward love story’ – how can anyone not relate to that? It delivered on both sides but the awkwardness comes across with a lot of humour, which made the cringing less intense (but there is no real escape from the cringing for the characters). Ellen and Ivison have managed to create a perfect balance with the duel narration, and it was great fun to read about the male and female perspectives.
I thought it was interesting to have that ‘peer pressure’ kinda feel throughout the novel, because it’s all so true. It was really subtle but it was there. When you’re surrounded by all your friends who’ve done ‘stuff’ you feel pressured to quicken how you do things. This subtlety is what makes me love this book and it reflects what teenage life is like.
Surprisingly, one of my favourite character is not the main characters but Casper, who is almost a minor minor character. I was instantly drawn to him because of the easiness of his character, *Spoilers – highlight to read* as well as the fact that he wasn’t used or thrown into the love affairs (and I have this weird love for boy-girl friendships). He is an outsider looking in, almost pushing the events forward and knows how to give the greatest pep talks. Everything just clicked.
If I could choose any book to represent my life, Lobster is it.
I really liked it