Monday, February 2, 2015

Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting

Genre: Adult, Literary Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This was a very interesting book. Tallulah and Annabelle had been friends since they were twelve years old. At first it seems they come from such different worlds. Tallulah’s father has a plumbing business. Annabelle’s parents are famous artists. It was interesting that both of them called their parents by their first name. This grated on me somewhat because I was always raised to believe this was disrespectful. However, I understood why this was the norm for them. Another thing I loved was the creation of their own language by taking the parts of two different words to create a new word.
I found I didn’t care for Annabelle as much as I did Tallulah. I think I felt this way because I felt she truly betrayed Tallulah by taking Josh away from her. However, as an adult I can see he didn’t really care about Tallulah if he was able to switch to Anabelle that easily. Watching how that one event had so much influence on their lives was what drove this story. 
The messed up families was spot on. I think it was this that drew them to each other. I loved how each girl saw the major flaws in their mothers, yet it was their friend’s mother who stepped in and filled that spot. This is truly a coming of age story. It is about friendship, betrayal, forgiveness and healing. I was sad with a major event near the end of the book, yet it felt like it needed to happen for the book to end properly. This was definitely a book I enjoyed and would recommend.

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