Title: Ginger and Me
Author: Elissa Soave
Pages: 368 Pages
Wendy is lonely but coping.
All nineteen-year-old Wendy wants is to drive the 255 bus around Uddingston with her regulars on board, remember to buy milk when it runs out and just to be okay. After her mum died, there’s nobody to remind her to eat and what to do each day.
And Wendy is ready to step out of her comfort zone.
Each week she shows her social worker the progress she’s made, like the coasters she bought to spruce up the place, even if she forgets to make tea. And she even joins a writers’ group to share the stories she writes, like the one about a bullied boy who goes to Mars.
But everything changes when Wendy meets Ginger.
A teenager with flaming orange hair, Ginger’s so brave she’s wearing a coat that isn’t even waterproof. For the first time, Wendy has a real best friend. But as they begin the summer of their lives, Wendy wonders if things were simpler before. And that’s before she realizes just how much trouble Ginger is about to get them in…
An unforgettable debut novel from the winner of the Primadonna Prize 2019 which will stay with you long after the last page.
Oh, Ginger and Me broke my heart just a little.
Ginger and Me is really the story of Wendy. She is the square peg and the world is the round hole. She doesn’t quite fit in. She is travelling through life not really understanding the rules of society. She goes about her day making social blunders, upsetting some people and putting herself in awkward situations. She makes some friends along the way but that doesn’t stop her from getting herself into bother. Wendy has us begging the question of how someone this vulnerable will survive in the real world.
It has been a long time since a character has made me just want to hug them and tke care of them but Wendy was this person for me. She had no one who helped her see the ways of the world and she was just feeling her way around and making the best of every situation. My heart genuinely broke for her. She will be a character I remember for a very long time.
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