I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Gallery Books on February 3rd 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Women, Family & Relationships, Fiction, Friendship, General
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Praised as “a tender exploration of friendship, families, and first love” (Liane Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret), this coming-of-age novel from bestselling author Frances Whiting is equal parts heartwarming, accessible, and thought provoking.“Tallulah de Longland,” she said slowly, letting all the Ls in my name loll about lazily in her mouth before passing judgment. “That,” she announced, “is a serious glamorgeous name.” From the day Annabelle Andrews sashays into her classroom, Tallulah ‘Lulu’ de Longland is bewitched: by Annabelle, by her family, and by their sprawling, crumbling house tumbling down to the river. Their unlikely friendship intensifies through a secret language where they share confidences about their unusual mothers, first loves, and growing up in the small coastal town of Juniper Bay. But the euphoria of youth rarely lasts, and the implosion that destroys their friendship leaves lasting scars and a legacy of self-doubt that haunts Lulu into adulthood. Years later, Lulu is presented with a choice: remain the perpetual good girl who misses out, or finally step out from the shadows and do something extraordinary. And possibly unforgivable… It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce.
I have mixed emotions about this book. I think the story of friendship and finding your own way is amazing, but I wasn’t a fan of how dependent Lulu was on some friendships that are toxic to her.
Tallulah is actually a great character even with her misgivings. She makes some serious mistakes, but she’s got a lot of true friends and family to help her through it. Lulu grows a lot throughout the book. She learns what makes her happy, and fights some of that happiness tooth and nail. She doesn’t think she is deserving of happiness after her mistakes.
Walking on Trampolines is peppered with some amazing characters and some that you have a strong dislike for. I won’t mention the unlikeable ones because I’ll let you pick those out for yourself. But the one that you will grow to love even though he is arrogant and screws up constantly is Duncan. He becomes a major friend in Lulu’s life and helps her through some of her darkest times. He’s funny, full of sarcasm, and so much wisdom. He doesn’t learn from his mistakes but he is a loyal friend.
Through all the ups and downs this book kept me intrigued. I needed to know where Lulu’s journey was going to take her. The writing is beautiful and will bring you right into the lives of the characters.