Length: 87 pages
Synopsis: The book is set in 1980s Australia and stars Mat (Matilda) Taylor, a university student and tomboy. She plays bushball with the guys, dresses like a guy, and wants to be treated like a guy. She has even put romance and dance aside to go to the university. But life starts falling apart. Her grades are lacking and her flatmate, Bradley, is still with his ‘one-night stand’. Oh, what to do? She makes a decision that causes her to lose her job, but sets her up for a different job that uses her skills as a dancer. We don’t get to see much of this new job since that is the end of Book 1.
Cover Art: For me, there is nothing extraordinary about the cover. I still haven’t decided if I like the color scheme or not. I like covers that have colors, but this one, lacking colors, does catch your eye. But in a good way or bad way?
My Thoughts: The book is written in first-person with Mat, Bradley (her flatmate), Fiona (her flatmate’s girlfriend), and Casanova (the taxi dancer) all taking turns. Thankfully, you know who is talking at the beginning of each chapter and there isn’t any switching within a chapter.
Considering the book is 87 pages, I felt the author did a good job of engaging the reader. I enjoyed the characters, even though there were moments that seemed cliche, and the characters were pretty developed for a book of this length. There were also a variety of settings (ballroom, bar, ‘uni’…) that helped make the book seem longer than it really was. All-in-all, I found the book quite enjoyable.
Notes: U.S. readers, this novella is not written by a U.S. author so phrases will be a little different as well as spellings for some words. I don’t know about you, but I get a kick out of phrases used in other countries and British spellings.
Rating: 3.5 stars
disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review