Having enjoyed Isabel Ashdown’s first book ‘Glasshopper’, I was excited to have been chosen by Isabel to win a copy of this novel based on my review for her first book.
I couldn’t put it down …………….. having started reading on Monday evening, it was the first thing I did on waking Tuesday. Throughout the day I picked it up and had finished by that evening. It enthralled me.
Even though Hurry up and Wait is set in the 1980’s, you don’t have to remember that time period to enjoy it. Everyone will identify with the friendships of Sarah, Kate and Tina in their fifth year at secondary school. Everyone will have had similar experiences in school as well – and the fascination with the opposite sex (unavoidable really with all those rampaging hormones!). The majority of us have also had part-time jobs while still at school and will understand from a distance how other people’s jealousies play out.
The story starts in 2010 when Sarah and John are travelling to and waiting to go to their school reunion. We know from Sarah’s outward physical signs that this is something she is not looking forward to and has a great deal of discomfort attached to. We leave them in the car while we journey back in time to the summer holidays of 1985 and through to the end of the fifth year.
What follows is a story that builds in intensity, leading us along a path of friendships, betrayal and finally exposes the vulnerability and naivety of teenage girls. Eventually, 24 years later, we are back at the school reunion with flashbacks to the last day of school.
All the characters in the story are so true to life. We’ve all met girls (and those girls who are exactly the same in adulthood) like Kate. Kate who is charismatic and pulls you in despite her unpredictability; Tina who is the eternal side-kick and Sarah who is sometimes a part of the twosome and sometimes banished. The characters on the periphery of the story are just as fully-rounded and identifiable.
There are sub-plots running alongside the main one – I can guarantee you won’t be bored! I love the fact that nothing is explained to us in black and white – it is all by inference (not that you have to be good at reading between the lines to enjoy the story!). Despite guessing where the unfolding story was taking me, because Isabel Ashdown’s writing flows and you find yourself carried along on her words with vivid pictures in your mind …………….. and feeling the emotions on a deep level – it made no difference to my enjoyment of the story.
There is so much I could say here (I keep writing about the story but then deleting) but I can’t say one thing without giving away a part of the story! So if you’re interested you’ll have to wait until you read the book yourself.
This has to be my favourite read this year and I know the story will keep coming back into my thoughts. I haven’t been disappointed and I don’t think you will be either.