Review: Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison


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 had intended to read this book over the summer, as it seems a fitting book for that season, but as time went on and other books came and went I found that autumn was already upon me when I made it to Lobsters.  It mazy have taken me a while to get there but I was so pleased I picked it up eventually.

Told from the dual POV of Sam and Hannah, we follow the story of these two teens as they embark on their last summer before university and they have two things on their mind: their A-Level results and losing their V plates.  We see Sam and Hannah in their own separate worlds and how their collide and weave together over the summer in strange coincidences and chance meetings.  Will they find a way to be together without their own silly mistakes stopping them in their tracks?

A really amusing and heart-warming story that was a real pleasure to read.  I enjoyed seeing both the male and female perspective on romance, relationships, friendship and losing your virginity.  It’s one of those subjects that, as a teenager, becomes something all important but, in truth, it shouldn’t be.  In fact, the idea that having sex is the most important thing is crazy.  However, it does become so when your 17 and still having done “it”.  

Lobsters really captures a special moment in those growing-up years in a real and believable way that made reading Sam and Hannah’s stories enjoyable, rather than a chore.  Sometimes, what puts me off contemporary romances in YA is the disney fairytale like plot that only happens in movies.  This book did have some moments of chance meetings etc that might not happen everyday but the relationship was completely believable to my mind.  The other part that I found brilliantly executed was the relationships between the male and female groups.  Some of the girls were complete bitches and others were timid mixes but they all worked together and found their balance, even with a few arguments.  The boys were the same but with that different layer of communication that girls do have, but it’s almost like another language compared with boys.

Lobsters was a treat to read and I loved the dual authors/dual MCs that really made this book an interesting read as well as a fun one.  Funny, a bit disgusting and realistic.

Published by Chicken House and is available online and in bookshops now

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