Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Walking on Trampolines

Tallulah and Annabelle become best friends when they are only twelve. Despite differences in personality and background, their friendship is so strong they develop their own secret language.  When Lulu begins dating Josh, she is relieved to see that he gets along well with Annabelle, until they eventually tell her the two of them have fallen in love with each other.

Lulu is left to navigate her twenties on her own, attempting to get over the betrayal by her best friend and boyfriend.  An invitation to their wedding gives Lulu a chance to reconnect with two of the most important people in her childhood and even a chance to cause some drama for them and their relationship.

Set in Australia, Whiting gives a realistic picture of life in the 1980s and 90s, when this story is set, and a feeling of nostalgia for this time period.  Friendship, betrayal, relationships between mothers and daughters are all explored.

This is a wonderful coming of age novel.  I had a hard time putting it down and was nearly immediately drawn up in the story. 

I can't wait to read more by Whiting.

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