I took far too long to start reading this book, and to read the book full stop. I’m not quite sure when I received this book, but I knew it sounded like a really exciting book from the start. I placed a request for it, and the publishers were nice enough to grant it to me. It’s taken me a while (a few problems have happened over the last week or so!) but here it is: a review of this book!
Jeremy has been told by his teacher, Peter, that he should start a club at school. It seems like a win win for them both: Jeremy wants more time in the art studio and the club is a perfect excuse for this, and Peter wants him to socialise more. So Jeremy asks Miranda Powers (it’s just Mira) to sign up for the mandate that will lead the school to set it up. She agrees, and tells her gay best friend Sebastian Tate (just Sebby) to come along. Jeremy gets sucked into Mira and Sebby’s world, and he begins to learn about the lies they don’t tell, and he learns more about the way that they all must work against the people who don’t understand their quest to live impossibly.
Where do I start with this book?
Each individual character has their own ‘micro-climate’ within the book. It’s almost as if when you read the book, you’re actually reading a set of books, each one with a link with each other. Every character’s ‘micro-climate’ has been thought out to such an amazing degree, and I loved it.
Each individual chapter has been told in a completely unique way as well. Sebby, Mira and Jeremy all get chances to tell parts of the story, but when they do tell their chapters they do it in a different perspective. Jeremy tells his parts of the story from a first person perspective, whereas Sebby’s areas of the story are told from a weird second person perspective and Mira from a third person angle. It takes a dual narrative to a completely new level, and I really enjoyed it, even though
Kudos to Kate for diversity as well, as this book is full of it in a way that doesn’t make it a burden, it just works. Sebby for example is gay, Jeremy’s dads are gay and Mira has a mental health disorder. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a more diverse book in terms of characters, and I think that’s brilliant.
If there’s one thing that English has taught me in school, it’s the use of language techniques. And I’m sorry that I bring it up, but the use of dramatic irony in this book is brilliant. We know so much about the different characters but the characters don’t. We get to see a lot that the characters don’t which makes the story so much more fun to read and intriguing to read.
I loved FOTIL and I’d love to read whatever Kate chooses to write next.