(I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a review by Walker Books. My opinions, however, have not been affected as a result.)
Nat attended the Walker blogger event back in October 2015 and came and spoke to us all about this book to us, and needless to say we left very excited about this book. We had to wait until much later to actually receive copies of this book, but mine arrived a few weeks ago, so I’m very excited to share my thoughts!
Lou Brown’s life is getting weird fast. Her best friend Hannah passed the Olympic time trials for swimming, so is off to a new training camp for swimming. But Lou failed, meaning she’s left behind without a pastime, or a friend. But then, by chance, she meets three boys with stars in their eyes and a keen-ness for Lou to teach them some new skills, which sends Lou down a new path filled with talent shows, underwater somersaults and loads of awkward boy talk.
This is Nat’s first novel, and Nat’s main job (if you want to call it that) is a comedian, and this definitely shines through in Girl Out Of Water. It’s an incredibly funny book, with the comedy that really reflects teenage life. It’s got that edge to it that will make you laugh whilst you cringe, and you’ll finish the book feeling empathetic towards the characters, which is something unusual but it’s done so well.
Nat’s got a really unique writing style that’s really fun to read, and the characters are so well presented. We get a real sense of Lou’s personality, and how the characters plotlines all weave together. It’s a book filled with awkwardness, but it’s such a good awkwardness you just can’t not read it and you can’t not enjoy it.
Granted, there may be points where you may read it and lose interest, and this may not be a book for everyone. As with any book, that’s OK. But I really do think that this book is an amazing first book and I think a lot of people will really enjoy this book, especially as summer is approaching.
It’s not a long book, but for Nat’s first novel, I think it’s fantastic. Pick this one up for your holidays this summer, it’s definitely worth a read.