Lucy's life was going as smoothly as any teenager's could. She was the state backstroke champion, and swimming obsessed. She lived with her parents and her brother, Cam, in the small coastal town she'd known all her life.
She had friends, she had goals - she had a life. Now Cam is dead, her parents might as well be - and Lucy can't bear to get back in the pool. All she has to look forward to now is a big pile of going-nowhere.
Drawn to Steffi, the wild ex-best-friend who reminds her of her artist brother, and music-obsessed Evan, the new boy in town, Lucy starts asking questions. Why did Cam die? Was it an accident or suicide? But as Lucy hunts for answers she discovers much more than she expects. About Cam. About her family. About herself.
A soaring, uplifting novel about love and loss from an exciting new voice.
How can you face water when your brother died in the surf? This is the dilemma for sixteen year old, state backstroke champion Lucy.
Her friendships change.
Her family changes.
Her life has changed.
But can she find hope in her isolated country town?
This is a terrific debut novel by an exciting young Australian author, Trinity Doyle. It tackles issues of grief, love and family relationships with great insight and also demonstrates the sometimes dire consequences of engaging in risky behaviour.
You will be drawn into Lucy’s life and will enjoy the experience.
Best suited to readers 14+.
Reviewed by Rob