Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema


goldfishTJ Burns, August 23, 2016


Goldfish (Girl out of Water) was not at all what I expected when I started reading. I expected Lou to come out of her shell a bit, I expected her to make a friend or two, and even meet a boy. But the rest? No frickin’ way! This story was amazing! So creative, so interesting – on so many levels. And exciting!

The brilliance lies in the narrative – the inner thoughts of Lou Brown. There is such a huge contrast between Lou’s thoughts (witty, original, and creative to the extreme!) and her words to anyone outside of her family or best friend (awkward, insecure, or nonexistent).

As an extrovert, it was fascinating to watch. My father, an introvert, was constantly telling me of the witty and utterly brilliant retorts that he… came up with after the fact or thought but never uttered.

Lou, 15-years-old, insecure, self-conscious, and very much an introvert, has been sailing through life in the shadow of her extroverted girl out of waterbest friend, Hannah. Suddenly finding herself separated from Hannah, Lou doesn’t know how to interact outside of her family. The one aspect of her life that had given her an element of self-confidence, competitive swimming, was also ripped from her. She is like a fish out of water. A goldfish out of water.

There are enough excitement and plot twists, as well as witty dialogue, in this book to make a wonderful movie! Absent, of course, would be Lou’s inner dialogue (unless Lou narrated her thoughts, which I would recommend – they are just too clever to leave out). But once Lou finally started speaking her clever thoughts out loud, and found a friend, who understood and shared her wit, Gabe, the two of them had me laughing out loud! Literally. I laughed so hard I cried at one point.

The story also has depth. It deals with eating disorders, healthy body images, teen angst, driving competitiveness, the role of the family in a teen’s development, and the deeper meaning of friendship. This book is brilliant. I highly recommend it to anyone at any age! 5 stars!

Published June 7th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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