My Heart Goes Bang by Keris Stainton
Keris Stainton has a fair few YA novels under her belt but this is the first book by the author that I have read.
Five girls: Ella, Lou, Issey, Liane and Paige. Their second year of uni. One house.
The girls are determined to right the wrongs of their first year and concentrate on their studies this year. There’s no room for boys or love or relationships.
Until, Ella reads out a newspaper article named ‘The Fuck It List’, yes, you read that right and yes, your assumptions are probably correct. A list of potential suitors the girls should attempt to sleep with during their time at university.
Someone with tattoos. ✔
A reality star. ✔
Someone in a band. ✔
“He’s in a band. He’s got tattoos. He was on a reality show.”
“Holy shit,’ Issey whispered, eyes wide. ‘He’s the holy grail.”
This novel is a hilarious take on the lives of a fun girl group during their stressful second year at university. Secrets are revealed and boundaries are tested. They might complete the list but not university…
This book was FULL of uni memories for me, it was such a beautifully nostalgic read. And that’s actually kind of heartbreaking to think I finished my second year five years ago! Where does the time go?
But anyway, the book is written in third person with equal amount of focus on each of the five girls. The beginning was slightly confusing but I soon learnt the names and personalities of each of the girls and thoroughly began to enjoy the novel.
The main characters reminded me of my own best friends at uni, who are still a huge part of my life. There’s the girl with the crazy ex, the friend you’re convinced is secretly gay or bi but hasn’t officially come out, the timid goody two shoes (or in my case, that’s me..), the confident ‘looks like she has life sorted’ gal and there’s the wild party chick who’s always the first to suggest vodka shots and a night out!
This book is bursting with women supporting women, which is exactly what young girls need to be reading and for the notion to be seen as a powerful and positive thing.
For me, a girl who struggled through her uni years, I felt very connected to the character Ella. All of the characters were relatable in some way or another but Ella felt like a carbon copy of my uni days. I’m convinced that most young women who experienced university would find their character in this novel.
It’s a fun, mostly light-hearted read that sheds some light on the various struggles young girls experience whilst away at university. And I would definitely recommend picking up a copy and giving it a read. Find a copy here.
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