Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Saturday Girls by Elizabeth Woodcraft - Book Review*

'Her choices will change everything'

I was kindly sent a copy of this book by Bonnier and I was so pleased. I have really been looking to explore different styles and genres of books so this post war, coming-of-age story really appealed to me. I was really excited to get stuck in.

The first couple of chapters really drew me in and made me want to read more. 
As someone who was born in the 90's I have no clue about mods and rockers so this gave me an introduction into a whole subculture. The added description in the story really helped give me a better idea which was very helpful.

One thing I really loved about the story is watching the other characters develop independently whilst weaving in and out of each other's stories. Though the book is centred on Linda and her life you get a great insight into other character's lives such as Sylvie and Sandra. Though there are elements of romance it isn't the focus of the story which is refreshing. Instead we see dysfunctional relationships, be that Sandra's relationship with her parents or her criminal and morally corrupt boyfriend, Linda's crush on the mod heartthrob or the relationships in Sylvie's life. I like that not everything is perfect and the idea of a perfect relationship isn't forced upon you. It's much more relatable.

"Everybody was somebody else at the beginning"

It's a nice story of self discovery and development as we watch Linda grow as a character. One thing that did confuse me was her age because I read it as though she was much older than the teenager she is. She has the maturity of someone much older than herself but I guess that's her character. 

This is a real coming-of-age story that develops so nicely. I loved the whole vibe of it. It's not an action packed, all go, fast paced story but that's why I liked it. It's a really easy read.

If I had to say one thing I didn't enjoy about the book was the ending. 
It left me with too many questions!
I felt like it was all a little rushed and left me feeling all hyped up with nowhere to go. 

I'm really hoping there's a follow up to Linda's story because I for one would love to read it.

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