Lucy Crighton is having a bit of a crossroads moment. She’s left her media career in Melbourne, had her heart put through the shredder, and she is now back in Rockhampton living with her parents. It’s not all bad news for Lucy, though she doesn’t realise it, there’s a lot of great things happening in her life — she has a wonderful family, a supportive best friend, her 10 year Kelpie Glenda, a novel that’s coming together, and you can’t forget about the neighbour's gorgeous son.
We can all relate to Girl in Between in some capacity. I mean, I’m only a baby at 24 and I connected to her story. At times I go through self-doubt moments where I question whether I’ve made the right choice to pursue an impossible industry to break into, or if it would all be easier if I just ran off to Japan for a while (which coincidently Lucy does in the book!). One of the strong points about this novel was how realistic it felt. The author didn’t sugarcoat Lucy’s dire situation, fears and insecurities, and presented them exactly how they were. The portrayal of Lucy (as well as every character in the book) was authentic.
The humour throughout is another thing I absolutely loved about Girl in Between. A big part of it had to do with Rosie and her one-liners. There were so many moments that made me laugh and I had to re-read lines because they were so funny. The Aussie flavour was refreshing and added to its authenticity — even though there were some Melbourne jokes (Melbourne is actually pretty damn great, okay, haha).
Girl in Between is a refreshing and honest story about the insecurities many young women go through. Anna Daniels is a promising and exciting writer in chick lit and I look forward to what she does next!
Release date: May 1st 2017 by Allen & Unwin