Review: Notes on my Family by Emily Critchley

I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a review, this has not swayed my opinions or reviewing in any way!

Emily Critchley - Notes On My Family

Notes on my Family 

Emily Critchley

Everything with Words, 2017

Contemporary, 12+

Louise Coulson is 13 and a half years old, and she very much likes being left to her own devices. She has a particular set of rules about how she likes things to be, and how she orders her life. And with her family in crisis, her world seems to have been turned upside down. Her father is having an affair, which means her parents will be divorcing. Her mother is having a breakdown, her brother is comfort baking, and her older sister has started dating a fireman. Lou’s life at school is disrupted too when she is told to be new girl Faith’s ‘buddy’. Lou and Faith are completely different, but form an unlikely friendship.

Lou’s observations on her life and the people around her are insightful and intriguing. Critchley has created a very likeable protagonist, and one whose many idiosyncrasies and quirks make her who she is. Readers who struggle with anxiety or are not neuro-typical will find a lot to connect with in this character. The other characters are interesting and multifaceted, and it is a very engaging read that handles tough topics in a sensitive manner. If you’re looking for a well-written teen or YA book that deals with difficult family situations or with not fitting into the world around you, I would definitely recommend this.