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Walking on Trampolines Paperback – February 3, 2015
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“A tender exploration of friendship, families, and first love.” (Liane Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret)
"Tender, madcap, and ultimately bittersweet, Walking on Trampolines chronicles the delightfully zigzag journey of a late bloomer who discovers her truest self in the most surprising ways."
(Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Me and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt)
“Whiting has crafted a compelling and emotional journey… Fans of Liane Moriarty, Sarah Dessen, and Jennifer Close will adore Whiting’s heart wrenchingly honest and utterly earnest tale of female friendship, unbreakable bonds, and learning to let go.” (Booklist, starred review)
“Whiting’s novel, reminiscent of novels by Kristin Hannah,evokes all the emotions the best books should: joy, sadness and the truth that life is messy, yet full of love.” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick)
About the Author
Frances Whiting is one of Australia’s best known and most popular writers. A senior feature writer for Queensland’s premier weekend magazine, Q Weekend in the Courier Mail, Frances is also a much loved columnist for the Sunday Mail, and other Sunday newspapers around Australia, with her weekly column now in its nineteenth year. Two bestselling collections of her columns have been published in Australia: Oh to Be a Marching Girl (2003), and That’s a Home Run, Tiger! (2006). Frances lives in Brisbane, Queensland with her husband and two children.
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It reads as if Whiting put her metaphorical pen down and picked it up several months (years?) later, having forgotten most of what went before.
Is it a comedy? A satire? A tear-jerker? Never mind, whatever it is, it succeeds in no genre that I can think of.
And is waking up in the bridegroom's bed the morning after the wedding meant to be funny?
Understated in its complexity, it was about love, relationships, betrayal, forgiveness, ambitions - and all the myriad components which make a life real and valid.The eccentricities of the characters' personalities added a highly imaginative perspective to the story ie Rose having names for her dresses and Annabelle's own inventive language. Utterly charming.
I loved the descriptive references to familiar nuances in my own life - colloquial sayings and references to well-known characters I actually have heard of.
In a nutshell, I think this book grabbed me so much as it got under my skin and permeated my psyche - I so identified with it.
Although written in a light-hearted way and certainly never taking itself too seriously, the story had a strong philosophical current and a great unspoken thread of hope and inspiration contained within it.
Perhaps ultimately, I got the message that to be human is to err, but hey, that's OK.
Wonderful, magical and utterly delightful. A true gem.
Most women you meet would have a story to tell such as this one.
The intense girl-friendship that borders on obsession and feels just as toxic as it does wonderful.
The hurt that we inflict on our closest friends when we are growing up purely because of our own insecurities.
The first love that never fades and continues to haunt you no matter how hard you try to move on.
The pull of family and how other peoples homes/lives/families seem so perfect on the outside but are really full of as many cracks as our own.
The path that we travel and the people we work for and with help shape us into the adults we become.
The realisation that your parents are just people and not the perfect idols that we expected (and believed) them to be.
Frances takes us on Tallulahs journey, from schoolgirl to young adult to woman and we feel every emotion along the way. I felt for every single character in this book and I did not want it to end. This was one rich tale and it played out like a beautiful film in my head. My favourite character was Duncan and the humour that his element brought to the book was perfect.
This book was like pure perfection....I cannot fault it at all. This is one Australian author to put on the wish list.