Thursday 22 July 2021

No Number Nine by F. J. Campbell | Blog Tour Book Review

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No Number Nine by F.J. Campbell - 4/5

"What do you do when your amazing, beautiful, beloved sister dies? Hide in your room for two years. Sleep with a very, very wrong man. Leave home and start a new life, lying to everyone you meet including your kind employer, your curious friends and the man you love?

Pip Mitchell's an expert at making seriously bad decisions. But when her past, present and future collide at the Sydney Olympic Games, she's going to have to decide whose side she's on - or she'll lose everyone she loves.

No Number Nine is a coming-of-age story about an 18-year-old girl who has put her life on hold for two years after the death of her sister. Pip leaves her home in England and tries to move forward with her life, taking a job in Germany as an au pair to the von Feldsteins, a family which is full of surprises - and not good ones.

Set in Munich, the story follows Pip for a year as she crashes from one embarrassing, awkward mistake to the next. Finally, as she starts to emerge from her fog of grief, she travels with the von Feldsteins to Sydney where, amid the drama of the 2000 Olympic Games, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Can Pip protect herself and the people she loves? Does she have the courage to tell the truth, even if it destroys her?"

This is a beautiful coming of age tale following eighteen year old Philippa 'Pip' Mitchell.

Pip's older sister Holly was a hockey player, making the Great Britain Olympic team. She met Australian husband Troy through hockey and after Holly's untimely death, Pip reverts into herself, not leaving her room for two years.

Pip wants to go to the 2000 Sydney Olympics so in 1999, she takes an au pair job in Munich for a weathly family, the von Feldsteins, not realising that they are a hockey family too. The two older sons, Leo and Billy, both play for the German Olympic team.

She realises that they knew Holly and keeps the information about her sister to herself. She cements herself into the family, makes new friends and finds herself. She really sees what life is supposed to be like at her age.

This is a wonderfully easy read with a fantastic pace. I adored all of the characters, especially Pip and I loved her development as the story progressed. I had never read a book focused around the Olympics and I really enjoyed it. I was totally immersed in this world.

A massive thank you to Literally PR for having me on the blog tour. You can find the handles of the other bloggers taking part in the tour in the graphic below.

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