Sample Saturday – an awkward boy; science and love; and animal thoughts


Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

All About Lulu by Jonathan Evison

Why I have it: Downloaded a week ago. No idea why. Was I drunk? (you know how some people do drunk-online-shopping? Maybe I do book samples…)

Summary: William Miller experiences weakness in many forms – he’s vegetarian in a family of bodybuilders; he has a crush on his new step-sister, Lulu. A male coming-of-age story that’s apparently not YA.

I’m thinking: Yes – first chapters were funny, a little heartbreaking and suitably awkward.

Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Why I have it: a book about “science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts”? Yes please.

Summary:  A boy is obsessed with physics and astronomy. He lives with his mother, who is great, but the boy wonders about his dad. The boy falls ill and everything is turned on its head.

I’m thinking: Yes. It’s going to make me cry though, isn’t it?

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey

Why I have it: Winner of the Readings New Australian Writing Award

Summary: History from an animal perspective.

I’m thinking: No. I’m sure this book is terribly clever but it’s not for me.

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