Lifesaving for Beginners - Ciara Geraghty (2012)

When an accident turns Kat Kavanagh's world upside down, her life seems to spiral out of control as she tries to keep the two skeletons in her closet buried. When nine-year-old Milo's mum goes to Dublin and doesn't return, he tries to cling on to his sister Faith who seems to be slipping away. He struggles to understand what is going on in the adult world around him. A twist of fate brings Kat and Milo together and shows that secrets can't always be forgotten. The book alternates between the perspectives of Kat and Milo. The results are charming. Kat is a complex character, whose honesty makes you warm to her instantly. Milo's chapters transport you into the eyes of a child. Compelling and heartwarming: this a must-read. (AB)

Lifesaving for Beginners, by Ciara Geraghty, is about a woman who thinks the truth is overrated. The summary says: "Kat Kavanagh is not in love. She has lots of friends, an ordinary job, and she never ever thinks about what happened when she was fifteen. This is Kat's story. None of it is true. Milo McIntyre loves his mam, the peanut-butter-and-banana muffins at the Funky Banana cafe, and the lifesaving class he does after school. He never thinks about the future, until the day it changes forever. This is Milo's story. All of it is true. And then there is another story. The one which reveals all the secrets. The one with a twist of fate which somehow brings together a boy from Brighton and a woman in Dublin, and uncovers the truth once and for all. This is the story that's just about to begin . . ." Lifesaving for Beginners is out in September.

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