I really liked this book. I have a history of enjoying a boarding school book and this is a refreshing take on this setting. It took me a couple of chapters to get into it and then I was hooked. I read it in one sitting and felt that Milo as a character, was the most likeable and funny too! Some of his advice to Beth did remind me of Mr Knightley in Jane Austin’s ‘Emma’ and I liked the references to older literature throughout the text. F.J.Campbell is starting to be my favourite author for her depiction of the ‘friend of the female protagonist’ character. Livvy is definitely as heroic as Nadine from ‘No Number Nine’ and deserves a book of her own. I think this book would be a hit with teenagers and those harking back to their teenage years. Roll on book number three!
by L Sanders
FJ Campbell is the author of No Number Nine (2018) and The Islanders, inspired by Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd (2019).
FJ was born by the seaside, moved around a lot, went to several different schools (long story) and has lived in England, France, Germany and Switzerland.
FJ loves reading: favourite authors include Caitlin Moran, Curtis Sittenfeld, E. Lockhart, Chris Cleave, Liane Moriarty, Colleen Hoover, Thomas Hardy, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Tana French, Kate Atkinson. Favourite books include I Capture the Castle, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Middlesex, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Rachel Papers, Birdsong, The Power, Barracuda.
S/he loves sport - doing it (a lot) and watching it (a bit) and has been to three Olympic Games.
FJ has been fired only once, from an au pair job.