I have just got back from a week’s holiday where I had the luxury of lots of time for reading, so I have a bumper crop of reviews heading your way this week. First up is the wonderful Cecelia Ahern and her latest book, Freckles. Many thanks to Cecelia and HarperCollins for my copy of the book, which I received via NetGalley.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
When a stranger utters these words to Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, it turns her highly ordered life upside down. In her current life as a parking warden, she has left her eccentric father and unconventional childhood behind for a bold new life in the city.
But a single encounter leads her to ask the question she’s been avoiding for so long: who are the people who made her the way she is? And who are the five people who can shape and determine her future? Just as she once joined the freckles on her skin to mirror the constellations in the night sky, she must once again look for connections.
Told in Allegra’s vivid, original voice, moving from Dublin to the fierce Atlantic coast, this is an unforgettable story of human connection, of friendship, and growing into your own skin.
Five people. Five stars. Freckle to freckle. Star to star.
Freckles is a beautiful, charming book that manages to be heart-breaking yet also uplifting in equal measure.
Parking warden Allegra is a wonderful quirky character, so socially awkward but willing to put herself out there and tackle the world. The more I read of this book, the more I wanted to be one of her “five.” Among the other characters we meet along the way, some warmed my heart from the start, and others took longer for me to make my mind up about. Becky, however, was awful from the outset, deliberately so, and I loved to hate her.
Although it lacked some of the more magical elements which I loved in some of Cecelia’s other books (If You Could See Me Now will forever be my favourite), Freckles retains all the warmth that regular readers of Cecelia’s books will recognise, and feels like a hug in book form.