Friday, June 29, 2018

Review: Goldfish (Girl Out of Water #1) by Nat Luurtsema

Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema
(Girl Out of Water #1)
by Nat Luurtsema
June 7, 2016
240 pages

Goodreads     Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
Lou Brown is one of the fastest swimmers in the county. She’s not boasting, she really is. So things are looking pretty rosy the day of the Olympic time-trials. With her best mate Hannah by her side, Lou lines up by the edge of the pool, snaps her goggles on and bends into her dive…

Everything rests on this race. It’s Lou’s thing.

… or it was. She comes dead last and to top it all off Hannah sails through leaving a totally broken Lou behind.

Starting again is never easy, particularly when you’re the odd-one out in a family of insanely beautiful people and a school full of social groups way too intimidating to join. Where do you go from here? Finding a new thing turns out to be the biggest challenge Lou’s ever faced and opens up a whole new world of underwater somersaults, crazy talent shows, bitchy girls and a great big load of awkward boy chat.

Lou Brown guides us through the utter humiliation of failure with honesty, sass and a keen sense of the ridiculous. This girl will not be beaten.



Goldfish is an oldie but a goodie. It's exactly the type of story to read when you need a breather. The book is quick, fun and easy to read.

Lou was a lot younger than I expected and it showed in her voice. The triple speed inner monologues, her always panicky thoughts were all indicators on how much growing up she needed to do. I liked Lou. Despite her whiny nature and lack of confidence she was never pretentious and had sass at times. Lou Brown was generally a good person.

The boys were fun to get to know. They may not have been the friendliest to Lou (in the beginning) but their dedication had me moved. I loved seeing how serious they were on making it onto the reality show BHT. No amount of obstacles was going to stop them and trust me when I say they encountered quite a few roadblocks. In various shapes and sizes (literally).

There was the tiniest bit of romance which was cute and a whole lot of family and friendship in Goldfish. Lou's family was hilarious. They're odd, not the most showy affectionate bunch but always supportive. It was touching to see the literal distance they went for Lou and her best friend. Even the boys helped out.

Goldfish served up what the synopsis said it would. With a quirky main character and bizarre but realistic occasions I recommend picking this one up whenever you need a break from heavier stories.

4 Cats

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