by: Emily O’Beirne
Published by:Ylva Publishing
Format: Mobi (Kindle file)
It’s only for a year. That’s what sixteen-year-old Zel keeps telling herself after moving to Sydney for her dad’s work. She’ll just wait it out until she gets back to New York and Prim, her epic crush/best friend, and the unfinished subway project. Even if Prim hasn’t spoken to her since that day on Coney Island.
But Zel soon finds life in Sydney won’t let her hide. There’s her art teacher, who keeps forcing her to dig deeper. There’s the band of sweet, strange misfits her cousin has forced her to join for a Drama project. And then there’s the curiosity that is the always-late Stella.
As she waits for Prim to explain her radio silence and she begins to forge new friendships, Zel feels strung between two worlds. Finally, she must figure out how to move on while leaving no one behind.
‘Here’s the Thing’ is a LGBT coming of age story. When sixteen year old Zelda moves back to Australia from New York, she struggles to fit in . She misses New York city and her friend/crush, Prim. Prim is a model who hates most people and things and gives Prim a new outlook on life.
The story alternates between the present (Zelda in Australia) and the past (Zelda in New York). In the present Zelda makes new friends and begins taking drama. While she does like her new life, she still yearns for her old one. In her new life she also struggles to settle her feelings for Prim.
I found this novel to be a fresh change from many young adult novels. Ithink an important topic in this book was how teenagers often struggle to fit in after a move. Zelda’s move is somewhat extreme as she moves to a different country with a different sub-culture but I think this is an important topic and is often overlooked as such a difficult time for teenagers.
I liked the characters of Zelda and Prim and I loved their personalities. The story has a good pacing to it and I flew through it. I was, however, a little lost at the beginning of the book. In the beginning Zelda is talking about Prim but it takes a little while for Zelda to explain who she is and what happened.
I did enjoy ‘Here’s the Thing’ and I would recommend as both a LGBT novel and as a novel that approaches the subject of the difficulties children or teenagers experience when adapting to a new environment.