If you loved Non Pratt’s Trouble, I’ve found the next book for you! Are teenagers in UKYA more realistic because they’re mostly read by readers who can often identify with the characters’ Britishness? Or are they just more realistic? That’s what I want to know.
Lobsters is utterly brilliant at portraying teenagers. It’s incredibly honest and I read things in this novel that I’ve never read before, which sounds really dramatic, like something quite catastrophic happens in the story, but it really just depicts aspects of everyday teenage life that we just don’t talk about much, from the embarrassing and the heart-breaking to the completely hilarious. It’s one of my favourite books of the year so far.
Sam and Hannah meet in slightly embarrassing circumstances while they’re in a bathroom during a house party – they both wanted to get away from all the chaos that ensues when you put a hundred teenagers together. Because when two people meet for the first time, they don’t always have highly intelligent and/or meaningful conversations where they instantly fall in love, Sam and Hannah have slightly-awkward-but-still-kind-of-cute banter about hot Ribena being a thing, but this is pretty much the last time we see them together for a while because Hannah goes off to meet up with her current crush Freddie (much to Sam’s disappointment), and Sam heads back to hang out with his friends who have gatecrashed the party (while Hannah is wondering who Toilet Boy is and where he come from).
Lobsters is a genuinely laugh-out-loud funny story about Sam and Hannah, two newly-turned-18-year-olds (and their group of close friends) as they try to find their way back to each other – often completely unexpectedly – while attempting to juggle the pressures of being a teenager, from peer pressure to epic misunderstandings. I adored all of the characters, even their poor decisions and lack of self-awareness. It’s what being a teenager is all about, but both groups of friends get up to a lot of fun, and this is what I loved most about it. It’s a fun story, with fun romance and a ton of moments that made me smile. But it won’t make you want to be a teenager again! #tooawkardthanks
If you’re a fan of YA contemporary, especially UKYA, you’ll want to pick up Lobsters! It’s both hilarious and honest, and full of references to British pop culture. (I’ll never not appreciated a good Harry Potter reference). I don’t often laugh out loud, but I had to try to stop myself laughing on public transport. I really want to see more from Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison, please!
Published: 5th June 2014
Publisher: Chicken House