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Bobby's Girl by Bernie Morris

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This story is a delightful romp back in time to the nostalgic era of the nineteen 50s and 60s. It’s filled to the brim with all the angst and innocence of young people. And it captures the universal experience of first love with so much authenticity and charm that it’s immersive and pacey. The story, while nostalgic, manages to remain timeless and will resonate with readers of all ages. But for us oldies, it’s a heartwarming reminder of that time and the tender emotions and carefree spirit that define youth.

And that’s what makes this book stand out. We’ve all been there. We know the author felt every one of those raw emotions and was taken back to her youth as she wrote it. And we are right there with her. I was jolted, a little shocked even, by how adult some of Sarah’s referencing was as a child of eleven, she came across as older—but then I remembered, I had my first proper kiss with a boy at eleven—but like Sarah, clung doggedly to virginity for years after that. This story is innocent and sweet—but that doesn’t mean that adult feelings and emotions aren’t emerging from eleven years old. Their emergence comes with confusion, and young people aren’t equipped to deal with the brutality of them. The author got it bang on the nail and was so, so right.

She writes about the complexities of teenage relationships with sensitivity and depth. The characters are real and recognisable. Their hopes, dreams, and insecurities are palpable as they fight with adolescence.

Bobby’s Girl is a timeless coming-of-age tale that will leave readers smiling, reminiscing about their own youth, and longing for the simplicity and innocence of that time. No spoilers but there’s a lovely surprise during the final scenes that I didn’t see coming. And the whole thing knits together with a great soundtrack, and the pop culture of the time, from leather jackets to Ford Cortina.

I loved this book.


About Bernie Morris

I was born in June 1946, one of the first ‘Baby Boomers’. I always wanted to write, ever since I first learned to do it, by which time I joined the library at the age of 6 and read myself silly.

I grew up in East end of London 1950-60s. Now married, semi-retired and living in Berkshire, UK. Have no formal qualifications apart from a few ‘O Levels’. Always wrote poetry. Started writing fiction 1987.

Avid reader, quizzer and crossword compiler. I love books in any shape or form and sincerely hope that the gift of reading and writing will never be lost to humanity.



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