‘My Heart Goes Bang’ by Keris Stainton – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

Ella, Lou, Issey, Liane and Paige are determined to make the most of this second year at uni. They want to have fun, but they want to focus on work. There’s no time for relationships. Except with each other. And even that’s not guaranteed. Gemma and Lou have always been close, but there’s tension between Issey and Liane, and none of them even knows Paige all that well.

But when Ella finds a magazine article with a list of men they should date before they’re 21 (someone who’s been on telly? Check; someone who’s got tattoos? Check;) they vow to complete the list before finishing university and set about it with a lot more enthusiasm than they do their studies … but will any of them end up with a full house? And when a secret from their first year comes out, it looks as if some of them might not be completing university, never mind the list …

My Heart Goes Bang is about lectures, essays, hangovers, and flatmates; it’s about found families, finding yourself, and falling in love with people you never expected to fall in love with.

My Review

This was a whole lot of lols. A great lighthearted read that really pushed female friendships and positive expression of female sexuality to the fore.

It focused on five female friends (Ella, Issey, Liane, Paige and Lou) living together during their second year at uni with the plot being driven by a “fuck it” list… Basically it was a list of suggestions for types of partners to have sex with during the uni year without the inconvenience of having committed relationships while trying to study. (So due to some of the themes and language used this is definitely for the very upper end of the YA scale)

Of course things don’t go according to plan and the book maps the ups and downs of the year for each girl.

It ended a little quickly, and a little conveniently… I would have preferred more exploration of Lou’s and Paige’s storylines but overall I very much enjoyed this. It was funny, sweet and just made me feel good.

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