• Karen Gregory


3.5/5 STARS

• Publication: July 2018 • Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia • RRP: $16.99 AUD

When she was little, Joni used to have dreams that she could fly. But these days her feet are firmly on the ground – they have to be when money's tight and her dad can't work and the whole family has to pull together to keep afloat.

Then she meets Annabel. Annabel is everything Joni isn't, and yet there's a spark between them. Though Joni barely believes it at first, she thinks they might be falling in love.

But when Annabel's parents find out about the relationship, it's clear they believe there are some differences that are impossible to overcome ...


I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

I have to admit, initially I really struggled with this book, it took me a while to get through it and I am struggling to write this review. Joni was a character I felt I could connect with but then she would do things that really frustrated me and made me start to dislike her. However, by the end of the novel I did find some common ground with her.

The themes within this novel, love, poverty, rich vs the poor and family values are very strong and carry powerful messages.

The relationship between Annabel and Joni was sweet, it was a young romance and they really did make each other happy most of the time. The good thing about their relationship was that it was real. It wasn’t pixie dust and unicorns the whole time, they had their differences and it made the relationship realistic.

Joni’s family was also a main point of focus in this novel – they do it really tough but they all love each other unconditionally, even when they want to strangle each other. They’re a family who don’ have a lot but they do have each other and at the end of the day that’s all that matters.

Joni learnt a lot in this novel, especially that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side – just because people have money it doesn’t mean they are happy. She learnt to have the courage to stand up for what she believes in and not to be belittled by people with power. It was empowering reading Joni “stand up to the man” and put the politicians back in their place.

This book was about showing that they, the little guys, matter and they have a voice that needs to be heard too, it is a book about personal growth, growing up and making your own choices, whether they’re good or bad.

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