Publisher: Text Publishing Australia
Release Date: February 1st, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, GLBT, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Seventeen-year-old Delilah’s crazy life is about to get crazier. Ever since her father took off overseas, she’s been struggling to run the family’s cafe without him and survive high school. But after a misjudged crush on one of the cool girls, she's become the school punchline as well. With all that’s on her plate she barely has time for her favourite distraction – spying on the beautiful Rosa, who dances flamenco at the tapas bar across the road.
Only her best friend Charlie knows how she feels about Rosa, but he has romantic problems of his own. When his plan to win an older woman’s heart goes horribly wrong, Del is the only one who can help Charlie stay out of jail.
All this leaves Del grappling with some seriously curly questions. Is it okay to break the law to help a friend? How can a girl tell another girl she likes her without it ending in humiliation and heartbreak? And – the big one – is it ever truly possible to dance in public without falling over?
With it’s witty humour and cuteness in general, I can definitely see why Erin Gough’s YA debut, The Flywheel, won The Ampersand Project. Just as some general knowledge, Melissa Keil’s Life in Outer Space was the winner from a previous year that Hardie Grant Egmont Australia picked up, so if you trust their tastes, then you should most certainly check this one out as well! I mean, seriously, who can go wrong with Aussie YA?
4 Reasons Why You Should Read The Flywheel
1. It’s a LGBTQ+ themed Aussie YA contemporary. YUP. YOU HEARD ME RIGHT PEOPLES. THE BOOK GODS HAVE FINALLY GIVEN US WHAT WE’VE BEEN WANTING. Some more diversity + more Aussie badassery. Seriously guys, it’s 2 in 1, who could ask for more? The way the diversity is represented in this novel is not only authentic, but it also messes with your emotions and made me wanna give Del a big big hug.
2. The main character is fantastically imperfect, but still an incredibly strong girl that I am in awe of. Due to Del’s sexuality, she got a lot of crap from the people at school who tease and mock her on a daily basis. It didn’t feel like a cliche situation where you have the mean and popular girls beating up on the small, for Gough creates such a believable high school atmosphere, which reminded me jarringly of the high school days at my old school.
3. The supporting characters have their own shining moments as well. More often than not, the supporting roles in books tend to get no backbone at all, but Gough ensures that this isn’t the case here. I particularly loved Charlie as a character and the way he grew throughout this novel was something insanely amazing to see. Furthermore, yay for platonic girl/boy relationships! Charlie and Del’s banter was a beautiful thing, guys.
4. The romance made me wanna squeeeeee! The adorableness is strong in this one, guys.
I would’ve liked to see Del and Rosa as a couple more in this book, but regardless, these two made me grin like a total fool.
In all, I fell in love with The Flywheel from the very first page. While I have a few tiny quibbles in regards to how irritable Del got, there’s no doubt that I’ll be stalking this author for her future novels. THROW THEM AT MEH.
~Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy!~
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