Review: You Have To Make Your Own Fun Around Here by Frances Macken

Title: You Have To Make Your Own Fun Around Here

Author: Frances Macken

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

The Blurb

Katie, Maeve and Evelyn – friends forever, united by their childhood games and their dreams of escaping the tiny Irish town of Glenbruff.  Outspoken, unpredictable and intoxicating, Evelyn is the undisputed leader of the trio. That is, until the beautiful, bold Pamela Cooney arrives from Dublin and changes Glenbruff forever…

Told from Katie’s witty, quirky perspective, Frances Macken’s debut beautifully captures life in a small town and the power of yearning for something bigger. Filled with unforgettable characters and crackling dialogue, You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here takes a keen-eyed look at the complexities of female friendship, the corrosive power of jealousy and guilt, and the way that life can quietly erode our dreams unless we’re willing to fight for them.

The Review

You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here is a wonderful coming of age story of friendship, community, and what it is like when the world you know suddenly doesn’t fit any more.

The story centres around Katie and her two friends Maeve and Evelyn. In this trio of friends Evelyn is the alpha and Katie follows behind desperate to keep her onside. Her whole world revolves around Evelyn – decisions are made by whether or not Evelyn will react well or cause drama. Even life decisions are made with Evelyn’s feelings at the forefront. When those feelings of loyalty aren’t returned Katie starts to outgrow the friendship. However, leaving your childhood friends behind is never that easy.

You Have To Make Your Own Fun Around Here is a wonderful reflection on how friendships, no matter how deep rooted, can become insidious and how sometimes growing up does mean growing apart.

You Have To Make Your Own Fun Around Here by Frances Macken is available now.

For more information regarding Frances Macken (@francesmacken) please visit www.francesmacken.com.

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