Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Book review - The Mess of Me - Chantelle Atkins

Book review - The Mess of Me
Chantelle Atkins

A big thank you to Chantelle for providing me with a copy of this fabulous novel in exchange for an honest review. I was delighted to receive the copy and couldn't wait to get stuck in!

Book review:

I really enjoyed reading this lovely coming of age novel. The characters were really intriguing and the storyline had me hooked from the start. If I wasn't on holiday with the kids at the time, I would have been unable to put the novel down! I really felt truly a part of the story due to Atkins use of first person for her lead character as she tackles some really troublesome gritty themes. I loved the dynamics of Lou and Joe and their blossoming relationship despite the angst of the dramas unfolding around them. I loved the description of the dog!

The character of their friend Marianne really intrigued me and I wanted to find more about her issues, which unfolded as the story developed. The brothers were just vile as were a few parental characters in the story! Lou's mum was a godsend. I was pleased to see some characters developing morals or getting their comeuppance as the story progresses! All this leads up to an exciting climatic ending. Completely hooked from start to end. The novel is graphic in terms of its language use and painful issues but in that respect and knowing teenagers, it is very true to form and eye opening. I loved how Atkins tackled these dilemmas head on.

Great novel and I really look forward to reading more from Atkins in the future. I am also looking forward to reading some of her previous novels.

‘I remember my Nana once saying everyone should have at least one good summer in their lives, one summer that they never forget. I think this is not a bad way to start my sixteenth year. This is not a bad way to start our summer. And I give Joe a slow smile.’Sixteen year old Lou wants to be thinner. Joe is her best friend and last night they found something they shouldn’t have in his older brothers’ wardrobe. Leon and Travis are shady figures, living shadier lives, and one summer, Lou and Joe find themselves mixed up in the drama, the confusion and the violence. Will Lou’s weight loss obsession spiral out of control? Is Marianne, her self-harming friend, really her friend, or an enemy in disguise? And will Lou and Joe ever be more than just best friends?Reluctant drug running, extreme dieting, kissing the wrong boys, family drama and first love. Lou Carling is about to have one messy summer.
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More about the author:

Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children and multiple pets. She is addicted to both reading and music, and is on a mission to become as self-sufficient as possible. She writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere, This Is The Day and has recently released a collection of short stories related to her novels called Bird People and Other Stories.

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