WELCOME TO STARCROSS SANDS – LET THE DREAM BEGIN.
14 year old Dylan dreams of a perfect summer holiday, and perhaps his first kiss, but what he gets thanks to his mums cheap ways, is a £9.50 caravan break where the site mascot is a hamster. Luckily he has his bestfriend Kayla along for the ride…
Of course, what caught my eye about this book was the fact that hamster is in the title. This isn’t the first book I’ve read simply because of that and each time they’ve been super enjoyable and fun reads!
This book was so bubbly and full of life. The characters were so well developed to the point where I was feeling different emotions for different characters. Dylan does get rather selfish and carried away with his imagination at times but he notices this and works on it. His little brother Jude has Cerebal Palsy which was worked into this story with ease and care. The park manager made me so angry with her constant Dylan-blaming! It is such a delight reading something that included important topics but remained a light read.
I’m going to be honest, Dylan’s best friend Kayla absolutely made this story. She has her insecurities and anxieties but is such a strong, confident character regardless. I love how she stuck up for Dylan no matter what, and stood up to others when necessary too. Her dad isn’t the most capable of being on his own which doesn’t help with how much Kayla worries, and her parents are seperated after her mum went to “find herself”. She’s plus sized, has bold, pink hair, isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and I just love her.
This book brings up topics such as coming out, ableism, bullying, first love, self-confidence issues, aswell as family issues. It’s super easy to read and follow along, with great length chapters. I would recommend it to Middle Grade and younger-Young Adult readers, and I think it’s an ideal and progressive read for pre/young-teens.
Thank you very much to Netgalley and Macmillan Children’s Books (Pan Macmillan) for letting me have an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Boy Meets Hamster will be published on June 14th and can be pre-ordered here.