Trouble from UK author Non Pratt is a powerfully brilliant new YA novel.
Refreshingly honest, with realistic dialogue and scenes Trouble is a novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this week.
The narrative focuses on the lives of fifteen year old Hannah and Aaron - with their respective social groups becoming a key focus too. The narrative switches between Hannah and Aaron's characters, highlighting Pratt's key strength.
Her ability to capture honest, realistic teenage voices resonates throughout Trouble, creating a strong novel that pulls the reader into the lives of her protagonists.
Aaron is new to the school, his reasons for moving into the area are a source of speculation for which the author provides numerous hints to build anticipation. Aaron's character is a fascinating one, with intriguing complexities.
Aaron's friendship with Hannah grows as he begins to see through the social persona she has created for herself, and as a consequence Hannah is able to let her guard down a little.
Hannah's pregnancy is captured with searing honesty by Non Pratt, and provides a test for the newly formed friendship ... Aaron steps in and claims to be the father, in order to protect Hannah.
Trouble has a fast moving plot, and is the only novel that has made me gasp out loud ... urm, for all the right reasons I might add!
Pratt deftly combines humour and realism within the pages of Trouble, realistic voices and intriguing characters ... what are you waiting for?!