I received the book Walking on Trampolines by Francis Whiting for review. I had never heard of this author, but I gave this book a whirl.
A description of the book from Goodreads is as follows:
Tallulah de Longland,' she said slowly, letting all the Ls in my name loll about lazily in her mouth before passing judgement. 'That,' she announced, 'is a seriously glamorgeous name.'
From the day Annabelle Andrews sashays into her classroom, Tallulah 'Lulu' de Longland is bewitched by Annabelle, by her family, and their sprawling, crumbling house tumbling down to the river.
Their unlikely friendship intensifies through a secret language where they share confidences about their unusual mothers, first loves, and growing up in the small, coastal town of Juniper Bay. Their lives become as entwined as Annabelle's initials engraved beneath the de Longland kitchen table.
But the euphoria of youth rarely lasts, and the implosion that destroys their friendship leaves lasting scars and a legacy of self-doubt that haunts Lulu into adulthood.
Years later, Lulu is presented with a choice: remain the perpetual good girl who misses out, or finally step out from the shadows and do something extraordinary. And possibly unforgiveable.
It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce.
This is a coming of age story between two friends from childhood into adulthood. It is a whirlwind of complex and sometimes seemingly insane characters (such as their parents). Lulu and Annabelle have a very honest but complex relationship, which is both a blessing and a curse. This is a story about what it means to appreciate what you have and how to come back from what you’ve lost. Whiting also touches on the difficult things in life, such as young romance, depression, suicide, adultery, etc. but written in such a way so as to not sound trite or cliché. Writing about such topics is difficult but Whiting does a fantastic job of doing it in somewhat of a dark, comedic way with unique characters and a storyline.
I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads; it was an easy read, a good read, but I didn’t finish the book, close it, and say WOW. I said “hmmm”, interesting but good read.