Goldfish: A Novel by Nat LuurtsemaGoldfish: A Novel by Nat Luurtsema

Goldfish: A Novel

byNat Luurtsema

Hardcover | June 7, 2016

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I am Lou Brown:

Social outcast, precocious failure, 5'10" and still growing.

I was on the fast track to the Olympic superstardom.

Now, I'm training boys too cool to talk to me. In a sport I just made up. In a fish tank.

My life has quickly become very weird.

Nat Luurtsema's YA debut is side-splittingly funny and painfully true to anyone who's just trying to figure out how they fit into the world.

Nat Luurtsema is a BAFTA-nominated screenwriter, stand-up comic, BAFTA Rocliffe alumni, member of the sketch group Jigsaw, actor, author of Cuckoo in the Nest, and writer for BBC Radio 4, BBC3, and Channel 4. Great driver, average waitress, terrible singer.
Title:Goldfish: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.49 × 5.74 × 0.91 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250089182

ISBN - 13:9781250089182


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just Keep Swimming~~ 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.
Date published: 2018-06-29

Editorial Reviews

"Filled with slapstick antics, this lighthearted story of 15-year-old Louise Brown, a down-on-her-luck swimmer, deserves to make a splash with readers."-Publishers Weekly"A fun story with well-rounded characters whom readers will root for."-School Library Journal"Lou's voice is irreverent and self-deprecating."-Horn Book"This story is excellent at illustrating self-reliance and the power of friendship. A welcome addition to any middle or high school fiction collection, Goldfish proves that talent does not define a person and helping others is worth more than gold medals. This book will appeal to all readers."--VOYA"Readers will root for Lou as she realizes that failure isn't the end of the world."--Booklist