Synopsis from Goodreads.
Carly has dropped out of uni to spend her days surfing and her nights working as a cook in a Manly café. Surfing is the one thing she loves doing … and the only thing that helps her stop thinking about what happened two years ago. Then she meets Ryan and Carly has to decide … Will she let the past bury her? Or can she let go of her anger and shame, and find the courage to be happy.
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
My entire body aches.
Secrets. Honesty. Brutal. Raw. Glitter skin. Seeing colours. The ocean. Salsa dancing. Strength. Delicious treats. Accidental best friends. Tattoos. Board shorts. Sex. Love. Forgiveness. Understanding. Her. Him.
The entirety of my knowledge of surfing comes from this song and that one time I got stuck on a train from Manchester to Bangor with approximately A MILLION people heading to Abersoch for Wakestock …. so I got extremely lost in the sea of crows and cutting and boards and gettin’ a few.
But… it didn’t ruin it. Just made me scratch my head a bit and make my frownythinky face.
It’s difficult to write down the feelings I had about Carly without going into spoilery territories, so this section will be brief. Carly is one the strongest, bravest and most memorable and affective narrators I have ever read.
Cliché sexy bad boy with issues. No.
Unnecessarily cruel to heroine because that’s what girls want? No.
So, it’s Ryan, by the way. Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.
There is chance I would go deck myself in a wetsuit and
flail and possibly drown or at least drink the entire ocean bob around on a surfboard if I could spend an hour each morning with Danny. I seriously loved that kid. I’d even risk getting sunstroke for him… which would happen seeing as I burn in Manchester so I’m guessing I’d just combust if I ever manage to get to Australia.
Or I could just go to salsa class and get horrifically drunk with Hannah.
I’m kind of cheating with this one because the original version is actually by a British band… but Ms Minogue is the epitome of Australia and I just adore her so and I’m beginning to think I won’t be reading a book that I can fit this song into. Which upsets me greatly.
Anyway, she did this cover on Radio 1’s Live Lounge and I absolutely love it and it makes me tingly in the same way this book does. And I think a lot of the lyrics fit perfectly with this book.
But OK, if you want something truly Australian.
“And I don’t believe in the existence of angels
Looking at you I wonder if that’s true
But if I did I would summon them together
Ask them to watch over you.”
This song makes me weep like a small child. This song is perfect…. especially in consideration with the last two pages.
J’adore Nick Cave.
Strictly Savage Garden Story Song.
Crash & Burn by Savage Garden.
Beneath the cheesy music and ridiculous high notes that Darren can hit, there are actually some pretty stunning lyrics/sentiments in this song. And I think they kind of resonate with the feelings covered in this book.
What I liked most about this book was that even though Ryan was there, this book wasn’t solely about him. Sure there were some bits that focussed on his and Carly’s relationship, but it was more about the strength and courage of Carly and her thoughts and her feelings and her journey.
It would have been easy for Ms Eagar to have Ryan swoop in and save the day and make everything alright because he’s a boy and he’s strong and whatever. But by not resorting to this and making the book about Carly and creating a relationship with Ryan that is real and awkward and pointy and jaggedy edges and heart-aching, the ending is all the more poignant and perfect but doesn’t strip Carly of her own personality and make her problems his to solve.
Because I think she does just fine solving them on her own.
There isn’t a rating to really convey how much this book destroyed me. In the best possible way. My muscles physically ache because of how still and tense I was reading the last half of this book.
There aren’t many books that I can say make me feel like that.
But by gum, this one did.
Everyone. Simple as.
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