by C.J. Flood
Series: Infinite Sky #1
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Published May 10th 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
A truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl's life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family's field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Opening with a funeral, Iris is mourning the boy in the casket - but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend? Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.
I couldn’t wait till the summer holidays. Everyone at school was getting on my nerves. Especially Matty. At registration, when I told her about the gypsies, she told me this story about her second cousin’s boyfriend’s brother: he was on his way to the newsagent’s to buy a magazine when a gypsy girl burst out and cracked him over the head with a golf ball in a sock. For no reason. I told her we didn’t have any girls, only a boy, and described the way his hair flicked out, but she curled her nostrils at me.
‘Pikeys are gross, Iris,’ she said. ‘You’d get gonorrhoea.’
Matty was always name-checking STDs. She thought it made her look sophisticated.
At dinner time, we watched the boys play football.
‘Your socks are odd,’ Matty told me. ‘Don’t you care?’
‘Maybe you should.’
I took my shoes off and folded my socks down so their oddness was less obvious.
‘That’s your problem, Iris,’ she sighed. ‘You think that makes a difference.’
Before maths, next lesson, I nipped into the toilets and took them off.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I'm Chelsey. I grew up in Derby, and now live in Bristol. I like fire and the sea and trees.