Hurry Up and Wait Paperback – 16 Jun 2011
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"With strong characters, a cleverly constructed story and masses of period detail, this vivid evocation of life in 1985 is a fine second book from a writer who first won The Mail On Sunday Novel Competition." - Daily Mail
"Ashdown's depiction of a vulnerable teenager and the magnetic pull of a toxic friendship will have you wincing with recognition." - Glamour
"Haunting fiction." - Stylist
"Funny, insightful and often tragic. A fascinating book whose apparent simplicity masks complexity as it reveals once again the strength of Ashdown`s talent as a perceptive and engaging writer. This is a fitting second novel from the author of the acclaimed Glasshopper and will appeal to personal readers and book clubs alike." - NewBooks Magazine
"Ashdown's début novel Glasshopper was named as one of the best books of 2009, and this well-crafted follow-up doesn't disappoint." - Heat
"Isabel Ashdown's Glasshopper was one of our favourite reads of 2009, and her second novel is another mix of compelling characters and 1980s nostalgia." --Bella
"Bursting with schoolgirl preoccupations of the 1980s - Andrew Ridgeley, Ryvita and rude words on the toilet wall - this lively journey through the embarrassments of growing up is tightly entwined with a darker tale. Sarah Ribbons is now 20 years older and wiser than her teenage self and has returned home for a school reunion. But what is it that is upsetting her so profoundly?" --Sainsbury's Magazine
"Isabel Ashdown has captured every heartbeat of the uncertainty and excitement of growing up. Duplicitous friendships, awakening sexuality and the trials of school and exams are all depicted as Sarah's story unfolds." - Bookersatz
"Tied in knots. That's how my stomach felt as I devoured this book... Hurry Up and Wait definitely receives the thumbs up from me." - Editor Alex Jenkins, etc magazine
"A darkly compelling read" Easy Living
"Top 100 Customer Favourites for Kindle 2011" --Amazon
About the Author
Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up on the south coast of England. She is the author of four novels and winner of the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition. Her debut, Glasshopper, was named as one of the best books of 2009 by both the Observer and the London Evening Standard. In 2014 Isabel was Writer in Residence at the University of Brighton, where she now continues to teach on their Creative Writing MA.
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The book takes place at the start of the hot summer holidays - past scenes spliced with present day perspectives make up the plot, naturally criss-crossing time. As the character switches from past to present, the tale tells of some of the journeys that we make through life. As a teenager - I would have loved this. It doesn't patronise and talks with an authentic voice. It tackles rites of passage and brings back blushingly embarrassing memories!
What I really liked about this book was the way in which the author dealt with the main character. It illustrates a point in history when the idea of strong women had become quite normal, yet the world of becoming a woman can still, at times, be terrifying. Now that I've had time to digest the enormity of what happens in this book I have an ever increasing urge to pick it and start again!
This book is a perfect read for the summer ahead and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
The key story is Sarah's experiences of growing up in a seaside town, her relationships with her friends and their families, first boyfriend and so on, with one single major plot point around which the whole story revolves.
The reviews here are so positive, that I was perhaps expecting a bit too much from this book. I'd also just read The End of Everything which covers similar territory in such an excellent way that it was a hard act to follow.
Good things about this book are Sarah's relationship with her widowed father, which is very touching, and her dog, Ted. I liked the ending too, which leaves the two most likeable characters open to the possibility of a happy ending.
On the other hand, I found the constant eighties references a bit clunky and irritating, as if the author felt it necessary to mention every pop band, product and fashion trend of that period to make the story believable. I also found some of the teenage friendships unrealistic and unbelievable and the whole feel was a little rushed.
However it is a good read, and I recommend it and look forward to reading more books by this author.
The reference to Rock Hudson made me smile, also the Soda-Stream. Only one of our gang had one of those and we used to love going to her house to have a play. Sarah's dad saying "ruddy" made me laugh too as my dad always said that as well...fond memories....
The relationships in this with the teenaged boys and girls rings so true as well. You could be best mates one weekend but not speak to each other for a month then after a perceived slight !
I did spot some apostrophe errors again and a couple of times the word a was dropped in sentences and dyeing spelled as dying. I wondered too about Diet Coke being mentioned as I only recall that dire TAB being available during those years.
I loved the inclusion and description of Shattered Records as that shop existed and was just as the author described it and the coffee parlour they frequented also exists under a slightly different name and I spent many, many hours there making a coffee last 2 hours or more with a group of friends. We could people-watch to our heart's content in there. The funniest part for me was the doughnut incident. I actually laughed aloud at that.Read more ›
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I was waiting for something to happen for ages and when it did- it was quite disappointing. Not a very riveting storyPublished 7 months ago by Val
Excellent. I couldn't put it down. Thought-provoking and poignant. A must read.Published 11 months ago by patricia g bole
An enjoyable book written with great insight.
I'm not usually keen on the present tense in books but the story and the characters made this an engaging book that I have... Read more
As somebody who lived through the 80s as a teenager, I could recognise and relate to much of went on in this story. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ms Frog
It only took me a couple of days to read this book.
I would recommend that you do too.
I enjoyed it thoroughly.