Lou Out of Luck by Nat Luurtsema – Book Review

Lou Out of Luck by Nat Luurtsema – Book Review

Lou out of Luck by Nat Luurtsema

Lou Out of Luck

Author – Nat Luurtsema
Publisher – Walker Books
Pages – 384
Released – 7th June 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1406366563
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book
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Poverty sucks. Dad’s timing the family’s showers and refusing to turn on the heating. Mum has arranged for Lou to get lifts to school with Drippy Dermot and his eccentric mother in the Van of Doom. And lentils seem to feature in EVERY SINGLE MEAL.

Lou is still coming down from her brief moment of TV super-stardom and getting to grips with the fact that – hold the news – SHE HAS A BOYFRIEND, but with both parents out of work, life isn’t all plain sailing. Throw in Hannah’s obsession with the school prom, Dad’s strange shed activity and Lav’s brief flirtation with a modelling career, and suddenly training a dance troupe to swim underwater seems like a walk in the park.

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Lou out of Luck is the second book in the Girl out of Water series by Nat Luurtsema, the first which is title ‘Girl out of Water‘, I reviewed in August 2016. If you haven’t read the first book you really need to as it is hilarious and this book carries on from where the first book ended.

In this book, Louise Brown (Lou) is not quite so uncool as she was in the first and she is still with her boyfriend Gabe, who she got together with at the end of the first book.

Lou’s family are going through a bit of a crisis. After her mum and dad finally got back together, her mum was then made redundant and with her dad still out of work it now means that money is really tight, so her dad is only allowing them four-minute showers and they are eating supermarket own brand food.

To also save money the family car is being used as little as possible so Lou is now having to get a lift back and forth to school with the most uncool kid in school Dermot, in his mums unhealthy sounding van that can’t even be stopped or it won’t start again, so they have to jump in and out whilst it is still moving.

There is also a school prom on the horizon and best friend Hannah has been succumbed to help with the planning by the three stuck-up students, Cammie, Melia, and Nicola.

As well as the above her sister Lavender has been entered into a modelling competition without her permission but it turns out the prize for coming first is £25,000 and the family could do with the money, so her dad wants her to stick with it.

This second book in the series is just as hilarious as the first and the plot is packed full with great scenes. It is easily addictive and was so much fun to read. Young adults will be able to relate to Lou’s worries and share her embarrassments too (especially her dad’s new job!).

The story has a completely uplifting effect on you as you read and helps you to see the funny side of life as a teenager and parent of one too.

Nat Luurtsema is a very skilled author and I hope she continues to write more books in this series as they are worth every penny. I don’t care how old you are this series is worth a read.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

Nat Luurtsema

I was born and raised in Watford. I was a quiet bookworm, blessed with a thick fringe, even thicker glasses and a growth spurt that threatened to never stop. I studied English at Oxford, and I always wrote in private until I was twenty five, when I did my first stand-up gig and my life changed so fast. It become normal to gig to a thousand people, sleep in my car at Leigh Delamere services, live off crisps and have NO idea how to pay my rent.

I like to work on the bus – I’ll often sit on the top deck and ride a scenic bus in a circle a few times, to listen to people chat and magpie their interesting bits. Unless it’s raining and then I’ll write in bed and slowly fill it with toast crumbs.

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26 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    This sounds fun, and though I like lentils, but can’t imagine eating them every meal 😉

  2. Stormi says:

    Lentils for every meal? No thanks! This sounds like a cute read. Great review!

  3. Fizah Saeed says:

    Sounds fun and title is so cute.

  4. Bianca says:

    This sounds fun! I’m going to check out the first book.

  5. Jordanne Wilson says:

    Great review, sounds like a fun read

  6. Tavleen says:

    Its been a while since i’ve read a book that sounds like this- funny, silly maybe cheesy. Adding it to my tbr

  7. Amanda says:

    Great review, I like the sounds of this novel!

  8. Sounds just like my place with the dad timing the showers and refusing to turn on the heating. A fun read.

  9. Heidi says:

    Sounds like a fun book.Great review!

  10. I hate lentils. I’d starve.

  11. Thanks it is a great book/

  12. It most certainly is a fun read.

  13. Great you should read them both they are both wonderfully funny books.

  14. Great, hope you enjoy it.

  15. Gosh I would freeze without the heating on.

  16. Thank you. It is a lot of fun.

  17. Ayushi A Nair says:

    lovely review sounds like a fun read

  18. Nikki says:

    These books sound like fun reads! Yay to 5 stars!

  19. Allie Bock says:

    Great review!

  20. They are great fun to read.

  21. Great review, this is the first time I heard about this book and it looks and sounds like a fun read, I’m really glad you are enjoying this series. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

  22. Thanks you. Glad you liked the review.