This post contains a review and a bookish manicure. Excuse the short review as I read this back in February but wrote the review this week.
Published Feb 1, 2015 by Hardie Grant Egmont
Source: the publisher
Rating: 4 stars
From the blurb: Seventeen-year-old Delilah’s crazy life is about to get crazier. Ever since her father took off overseas, she’s been struggling to run the family’s cafe without him and survive high school. But after a misjudged crush on one of the cool girls, she's become the school punchline as well. With all that’s on her plate she barely has time for her favourite distraction – spying on the beautiful Rosa, who dances flamenco at the tapas bar across the road.
Only her best friend Charlie knows how she feels about Rosa, but he has romantic problems of his own. When his plan to win an older woman’s heart goes horribly wrong, Del is the only one who can help Charlie stay out of jail.
All this leaves Del grappling with some seriously curly questions. Is it okay to break the law to help a friend? How can a girl tell another girl she likes her without it ending in humiliation and heartbreak? And – the big one – is it ever truly possible to dance in public without falling over?
The Flywheel by Erin Gough won the Ampersand Project in 2013. Set in Sydney, seventeen year old Delilah Green has been left in charge of her father’s café, The Flywheel. After her mother left them, a trip was the only thing to get her father excited, so he went overseas during school holidays, leaving their manager and Del in charge. But when he decides to stay longer, Del lies and says everything is fine, despite the manager getting deported, her barista stealing from them, and her lack of school attendance. To top it off things between Del and her best friend Lauren aren’t what they used to be, and Del is still getting teased at school because she’s gay.
Poor Del! She had so much on her plate and she really struggled with keeping her life on track. The idea of her running a café on her own may have seemed a little implausible, but the reason she lied to her father was admirable. I adored her friendship with Charlie, and the way she was so good at trying to care for others. Her crush on Rosa was so sweet and I wanted nothing more than for her love to be reciprocated.
I liked the look at female friendship, the lack of communication between Del and Lauren caused a misunderstanding between them which is so common for teenage girls.
The Flywheel is a sweet, fun, love story and it’s no wonder it won the annual Ampersand Project. It’s a wonderful example of Aussie YA and I highly recommend it to all readers.
Thank you to HGE for my review copy.
I couldn’t resist doing a manicure for this lovely cover.
I used acrylic paint for the gradient background and to paint Del, Rosa, and their surroundings.