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The Flywheel

The FlywheelThe Flywheel by Erin Gough
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This took me a while to read because I got sidetracked testing our OverDrive collection at work – let that be no reflection on how good this book is!
Despite the fact that I wanted to slap Delilah for being a selfish, irritating, judgemental teenager (that was the adult in me) I also identified with her attempts to find direction in her life, and to understand what was going on in her world. Gough captures that teenage ambivalence very well – one minute it’s all about you, and the next you realise what an idiot you’ve been – and how hard it is to make peace with the people in your life that you’ve hurt or ignored. Del’s journey through the book is somewhat melodramatic, but for many teens, that is an absolutely authentic life experience.
Charlie is a delightful character – warm, funny, and open-hearted. It was refreshing to spend reading time with such a caring, emotional young man. Although Del’s school friends become peripheral to the main action in the book, it is, of course, these friends that stick by her, even when she is rude and horrible to them.
Shortlisted for both the Inkys and the CBCA awards, The Flywheel is an uplifting story about growth, love and the meaning of family. Recommended.

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