REVIEW: Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

REVIEW: Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy IvisonLobsters by Lucy Ivison, Tom Ellen
Published by Chicken House on 5th June 2014
Genres: contemporary, young adult
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.

I’ve wanted to read Lobsters ever since hearing about it at the start of the year. I absolutely adore contemporaries (hence my blog name!) and so I think I’ve always known how much I would love Lobsters.

Hannah and Sam, both in the summer before university, have one thing in common: they have yet to lose their virginity. Their summers are filled with adventure, antics and a quest to find ‘The One.’

If I could describe Lobsters in one word I would label it ‘awkward’ in the best way possible. Teenage life is awkward, which makes it such an amazing portrayal of teenage life. Nothing in Lobsters is sugarcoated which means that Ellen and Ivison have written a book that reads very much like a memoir.

Lobsters is a ‘read it one sitting’ type of book that you won’t be able to put down. I know I couldn’t!

A funny and realistic take on a romantic teenage summer, Lobsters will make you want to squeal, scream in frustration and go out and find your own lobster.

Hannah and Sam were both extremely amazing characters who I felt so connected to. Told in dual narrative, it was a very rounded perspective of teenage life because we got both a male and female viewpoint. I also loved both equally, which is a nice change because I usually find that I prefer one to the other in dual narratives.

I loved Lobsters, which has quickly become a favourite summer read of mine! Highly, highly recommended!


Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.


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    18 August, 2014

    Heard so many good things about this one. Can’t wait to start it 🙂

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    18 August, 2014

    I have honestly never heard of this book before, but it sounds like lots of fun and I always love those awkward teenage romances which are quite quirky and honest reflections of teenage life.
    I am glad you enjoyed this one so much and I will certainly be checking it out.
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    Jesse Owen

    18 August, 2014

    I finished this today and I can honestly say it’s one of my favourites this year – I’m so glad you enjoyed it too! Great review as always 🙂
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    The Whispering Of The Pages

    18 August, 2014

    I really need to read this book! I’m glad you like it, Lucy, your review makes me need it more.

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    Jess Hearts Books

    18 August, 2014

    I loved this book so I’m really happy you did too Lucy! I’d love some kind of spin off with Robin he was such a great character!
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    20 August, 2014

    I’ve begged the library to get a copy in, so hopefully I’ll be able to read it soon! Great review though Lucy, it sounds absolutely adorable 🙂

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