Author: Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen
Pages: 307 Pages
Publisher: 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.
On a random Friday afternoon in work everyone had gone home. I had completed all my tasks for the day. I work in a school and I was literally one of the last in the building but I had to wait for the clock to strike 4pm before I was allowed to leave. With about 8 minutes left of my shift I grabbed a book from the counter in the library (where I happened to be based). I picked up Lobsters by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen; I chose this book because I knew I had it on my kindle but hadn’t read it so if I enjoyed it during those 8 minutes then I could carry on reading it that weekend. Oh my days. From page one of Lobsters I was invested in the lives of Sam and Hannah and their group of friends.
Lobsters is a story that we all (those of us over a certain age) are familiar with; those scary steps that we take to reach adulthood. That is what the characters in Lobsters are facing. They are all at that awkward age where they are finishing college/sixth form, they aren’t children anymore but they aren’t quite adults either and they are trying to find their feet. The main goal for the characters in Lobsters seems to be to lose their ‘V Card’. This is made apparent from the first page so if you are a blushing wallflower and thinking about reading Lobsters then you may want to have a rethink.
Essentially though, Lobsters is about relationships; relationships with family members, the opposite sex and mostly the ones with your friends. It is about how relationships with your friends can be toxic but you still love each other, it is about how relationships in bloom can grow into something special but equally how they can be extremely fragile. Most of all it is about growing up.
If I had to describe Lobsters in any way it would have to be The Inbetweeners meet Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by way of Mean Girls, American Pie and Can’t Hardly Wait with a dash of Skins on top. Yes, Lobsters is, without a doubt, the coming of age story for the 21st century teen.
Lobsters by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen is available now.
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