written by Saturday bookseller, Imogen
Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
Publisher: Chicken House
Genre: Young Adult
This novel written by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison tells the story of two 17 year olds on their difficult hunt to ‘find the one’. Their Lobster. Hannah and Sam are two teens that when it comes to love find themselves socially awkward or unlucky and with having only the summer to find their ‘lobster’ they must learn to cope with interfering friends and overcome their fears of being virgins forever.
This novel is written in dual narrative which really allows you to connect with both characters and form your own image of what they’re each like by their individual personalities and quirks. The character and voice would change as the story line needed it to change, allowing us to not only know what was happening and going through their minds while being together, but also apart. This enabled the story line to progress with both characters at the same time even with them not being together, keeping the story line interesting but still easy to follow.
Another aspect of the book that I love is the friendship that is shown throughout between Hannah and Stella (her super-cool, super-hot best friend). It portrays a real image of friendship with the all the good times as well as bad. Stella’s confidence around boys and her easy ability to ‘pull’ has always made Hannah envious but when her jealously all gets too much she lets it all out in a heated argument between the two. But like all good friendships they never stay broken forever and when Stella needs it most Hannah is the first to help her.
I enjoyed this so much that I’d have liked the story to have continued even further because I felt the ending was quite abrupt. However I did love the mirroring of the storyline between the beginning of the novel and the end as it rounded up the book and made me feel content.
I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 15 who’s looking for a realistic contemporary fiction to make them laugh. Being new to YA fiction, enjoying this read has inspired me to read more and I am excited to start The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne.