Review: Lily’s Just Fine by Gill Stewart


It’s time for a new-release klaxon because Piranha Gill Stewart’s new book is out today!

About the book:

Sail away this summer with the unexpected romance of Scotland’s most determined teenager…

Lily couldn’t have planned life better herself. She lives in the best house in town and she’s dating the most popular boy in school. Everything else she can fix. Mum’s apathy? On it! The stuffy gala committee? Watch this space!

Tom has enough on his plate without trying to drag Newton St Cuthbert into the 21st Century. His sister is sick and there’s nothing anyone can do. Not doctors, not his parents, and certainly not Lily Hildebrand.

Review by Katy Haye:

Lily is more than just fine, she’s an absolute delight! Lily was such a strong, determined, flawed, confused and get-in-her-own way teenager I felt my own teen years flooding back. Full of energy and enthusiasm, all Lily needs is for everyone to do what she knows ought to be done, in the way she knows would be best. Easy.

She’s funny and adorable and exasperating, but then the story bloomed with real emotional depth. While struggling with finishing school and (possibly) starting a relationship, Lily also has to face the fact that her mother is truly unwell, and no amount of determined cheerfulness will make her better.

It’s not heavy-handed, but it’s very powerful writing. I really felt for Lily, trying to do the right thing with no idea what the right thing should be.

And the relationship between Tom and Lily was beautifully described. I find relationships in a lot of YA novels are very glib and not especially realistic (okay, so I read fantasy mostly, and the point of fantasy is not “realistic”, but even so…). This romance was lovely, with all the awkward, insecure, spiky and pissed-off bits left in.

The sense of place was glorious, I was right there on the Scottish coast with Lily and Tom, bobbing on the sea alongside them. And the sense of community was fabulous with some glorious secondary characters bringing the town to life.

This is an absolute peach of a book. Grab your copy now!

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