Goose by Dawn O’Porter

gooseHmm… I’m trying to put my finger on what it was I didn’t like about Goose. To tell the truth, it wasn’t really that I didn’t like it. It was more that I wondered what it was doing on the shortlist for the YA Book Prize.

Goose is the story of two girls doing their A levels on Guernsey some time in the 1990s. One, Renée, is a bit of a rebel, can’t really be bothered with school and longs to get on with life. The other, Flo, is conscientious at school and is busy trying to organise the future for both of them. Things start to go awry with their friendship when Renée tells Flo she doesn’t want to get carried along with Flo’s plans and Flo gets religion in a big way.

It’s an entertaining book. The characters are easy to empathise with and there’s plenty going on. It’s a sequel, but it stands up perfectly well on its own. But it’s not special and it doesn’t say anything special. I don’t feel you come out at the end with anything you didn’t already have when you started reading. Not that all books necessarily need to do that. Entertainment is just fine, most of the time. But if we’re talking about winning prizes? No. Goose isn’t going to do it.

Claire Watts

Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2015

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