Goldfish, Nat Luurtsema

Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Blurb

Lou Brown is one of the fastest swimmers in the county. She’s not boasting, she really is. So things are looking pretty rosy the day of the Olympic time-trials. With her best mate Hannah by her side, Lou lines up by the edge of the pool, snaps her goggles on and bends into her dive…

Everything rests on this race. It’s Lou’s thing.

… or it was. She comes dead last and to top it all off Hannah sails through leaving a totally broken Lou behind.

Starting again is never easy, particularly when you’re the odd-one out in a family of insanely beautiful people and a school full of social groups way too intimidating to join. Where do you go from here? Finding a new thing turns out to be the biggest challenge Lou’s ever faced and opens up a whole new world of underwater somersaults, crazy talent shows, bitchy girls and a great big load of awkward boy chat.

Lou Brown guides us through the utter humiliation of failure with honesty, sass and a keen sense of the ridiculous. This girl will not be beaten.

My Thoughts


That was a wild ride, from start to finish, but one thing is sure: I couldn’t put it down, and I didn’t even want to. 

Let’s try and be organised.

I LOVED THE STORY. I love that concept of a younger girl coaching older boys, and the whole setting of it, by the pool, in water, was very refreshing, because I don’t read a lot of books like that, especially these days. It was very entertaining, fast-paced, extremely enjoyable.

I know I LOVED the story but I think I LOVE the characters even more, which says a lot. I liked each and every one of them, because they all felt very human and very real. I can’t stress how important that is, to me. I wish I could give hugs to Lou, because that poor girl needed them at times! I especially liked her family, who is both weird and nice, supportive and cautious. I liked how real (again) it felt. Reading from Lou’s point of view was extremely funny, too. The humour is a big part of the realness of it all, in my opinion. 

My three favourite characters (in case you want to know): Lou, her dad, Gabriel.

I thought the story was very easy to read, enjoyable and entertaining. Again, the humour is clever and witty, I like sarcasm, so it was right up my ally on this one. 

In the end, it’s about finding yourself, being confident in who you are, and truly this books shows that the journey is more important that the outcome.




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