Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions about this book are my own.
Book: The Girls from SeeSaw Lane
Author: Sandy Taylor
Release Date: December 4, 2015
The Girls from SeeSaw Lane, by Sandy Taylor, is a look at friendship and heartbreak in 1960's Brighton, England. The protagonist, Dottie Perks, and her best friend Mary Pickles, have know each other their entire lives. Mary took Dottie under her wing when they were young, because other people didn't want to hang out with the fat girl. Mary and Dottie do everything together - they even work together at Woolworths, the local department store.
The primary focus of the book is the relationship that Mary has with Elton, and the one that Dottie has with Ralph. Mary's relationship with Elton, however, is not much of a real relationship. He uses her because he knows how she feels about him - so Mary spends most of her time lamenting over him. Ralph and Dottie, on the other hand, have a wonderful relationship that goes smashingly well until an event happens that changes the entire dynamic between Mary, Dottie, and Ralph. From there, the novel takes a turn I never would have expected.
I enjoyed this book in so many ways. I think the characters were all really well developed, and it was easy to distinguish between each character. I like that the book also had diary entries from Mary at the beginning of many of the chapters - it helped give some more insight into what Mary was thinking about things happening in her life.
The thing that surprised me the most was what happens to Mary (don't worry, no spoilers.) I didn't see it happening - and I think this worked well to have it be a surprise. The twist fit in well with the rest of the book, and made for a sad yet fantastic ending.
Overall, this is a book I would recommend to anyone looking for a great read about friendship and love. You won't be disappointed.