By: Melanie | February 13, 2015 | (50) Comments

Review: The Flywheel by Erin GoughThe Flywheel by Erin Gough
Publisher: Text Publishing Australia
Release Date: February 1st, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, GLBT, YA
Pages: 288
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!~

4 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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50 Responses to Review: The Flywheel by Erin Gough

  1. Naban says:

    The sweetness radiating of the cover does not lie, it seems. This is the first time I’m hearing of The Flywheel and I don’t think this is a book I want to miss out on. ESPECIALLY the diversity as you’ve mentioned. The characters sound fantastic and real too.

    Lovely review, Mel!
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  2. You had me at LGBTQ+. I’ll read it.

    BTW that’s getting longer every year isn’t it? O.O What will it be in five years? LGBTQKOJFDJK?
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  3. Hey, I totally posted a review of this today too! 😀 😀

    I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THIS REVIEW. I really wanted more of Del and Rosa as a couple as well! ): ): They were pretty cute but I just didn’t think I saw them spend enough time together and talking to each other to really really fall in love with their relationship. But I honestly loved Del so much. AND CHARLIE. HONESTLY THEIR FRIENDSHIP WAS JUST SO AMAZING. Wasn’t the drunk scene so awesome? 😀 😀

    I do want everything that Erin Gough writes next!!
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  4. I haven’t heard of this one, but you definitely have me interested in it. A fantastically imperfect MC and a romance that will make you squeal? Sounds perfect 🙂

    Awesome review!
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  5. Benish k says:

    Your review seems so cute of the book<3 Glad you enjoyed reading it, you have me intrigued now! Adding it to my TBR list now 🙂
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  6. Tanja says:

    Woha Aussie! You’ve got me right there and then add strong characters and squee romance and I’m all yours. I haven’t heard of this one but now thanks to you I need this in my life. Amazing review, Mel 🙂
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  7. Del DID get a bit annoying (especially towards the end) but I loved this one as well!!! Hardie Grant sure can pick ’em.
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  8. Oh I so want to read this one! Too bad it’s a new release, which means we poor North Americans won’t be able to read it until at least 13843847387 months from now…give or take.
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  9. Maddy E says:

    YAY! LGBT romance with actual authentic high school! It is such a pet peeve of mine when there’s a typical “mean girls” hierarchy in fictional high school. I am in high school, and I am here to tell you that there is no linear hierarchy. There are different social circles at varying levels of popularity, but no mean girls clique. This may be different at other schools, but hate/bullying isn’t super common at my school.

    LGBT elements is one of those things that really makes me want to pick up a book. As a citizen of the United States of America, I am forever irked by the lack of representation and the surprising levels of hate towards the LGBT community. Books are my favorite way to spread awareness.
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  10. Hilary says:

    Darn. I hate it when the protagonist gets irritating. It ruins it for me. BUT! I really want to read this book because of the LGBTQ elements. And the cute romance. Because…just yes. I love cute romances.
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  11. Lexa Cain says:

    This book sounds absolutely adorable! I’m glad to see more books out that push the boundaries of diversity – that’s so important. Thanks for the great review! 🙂
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  12. I’ve got this to review as well and it’s good to hear that it’s a great story, despite some irritation with the characters at times. Fabulous review as always Mel 🙂
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  13. Melliane says:

    I didn’t know about this one but just the cover makesme want to try! It’s so cute and sweet and it’s nice to know the story is good as well. thanks for the review!
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  14. Shelumiel says:

    Interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever tried an Aussie YA yet. Plus, this is abt diversity! And that cover. Pretty.
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  15. This sounds awesome. I hadn’t heard of it, so thanks for sharing. 🙂
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  16. Diversity + Aussie?! GIVE ME. But seriously, the book sounds really amazing. I totally want to read this one! Now, I just need to wait and see if it’ll be available in the US XD
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  17. Bennari H. says:

    I’ve never heard of this one but I am already wanting to buy this one just based on your review! This one sounds pretty damn awesome and I do love reading Aussie YA. I don’t read a lot of LGBTQ themed books so I think this would help me ease into the sub-genre, if you know what I mean. Nice review, Mel!

  18. Huh, I don’t think I’ve heard of this one before but I quite liked Life in Outer Space and if this book was the winner of that project this year, then I clearly need to get moving and read this! YAY for cute romances and excellent supporting character roles.

  19. This book sounds awesome! I actually never read an Aussie YA Contemporary or LGBTQ themed book before, so I’d like to give it a try.

    Great review, Mel! <3
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  20. Amelia K says:

    Even if you found the MC to be slightly irritating at times, I am still game for this one! I do love a character driven novel and diversity just makes this one look even sweeter. COME TO MEEEEEE.

    Lovely review, Mel! xx

  21. Sophie says:

    LGBTQ? I’m sold! haha This seems like a really cute book. And that cover! I really hope I can read this someday soon.

    Great review!
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  22. EEEK, YAY! I am SO FREAKING GLAD that you liked this one, Mel, because from THE MOMENT I found out about it, I have desperately wanted to read it! And it really sounds like it lives up to the expectation I have of it, and I hope I like it as much as you do.

    I am actually a little appalled at the lack of diversity in Australian YA fiction so I am so SO happy that Hardie Grant actually published this book. We need more of them, pronto!

    I will be making grabby hands until I can find a copy of this book. And that cover is so pretty *.*
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  23. This book sounds so adorable, Mel! I haven’t even read it yet and I want to squish everybody. And it’s totally awesome when supporting characters get to share the limelight. They deserve lots of love, too, right? 😀

    That cover is so cute. >_<
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  24. Romi says:

    I found Del to be a really frustrating character, unfortunately, and overall the book was- sadly- a disappointment for me. I really had hoped it would work well, and I mean it sounds incredible, but Del just got me. I definitely found her a difficult character, and though I can understand some of it… it still annoyed me.
    You wrote such a wonderful review, though, Melanie! I really love this, and am so glad the book worked a ton better for you! (Doesn’t it have a fantastically wonderful cover? The ARC is so pretty, too… *sigh*)
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