No Number Nine
Author: FJ Campbell
Genre: YA Fiction | Romance
Release Date: March 28, 2018
Hello everyone! I am finally here with another post and I am so happy to share my thoughts with you all on No Number Nine by FJ Campbell. I absolutely loved this book and ended up reading it in one sitting.
Thank you LiterallyPR and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and a spot on the book tour.
What do you do when your amazing, beloved sister dies?
Hide in your room for two years.
Sleep with a very, very wrong man.
Leave home and start a new life, lying to everyone you meet including your kind employer, your curious friends and the man you love?
Pip Mitchell’s an expert at making seriously bad decisions. But when her past, present and future collide at the Sydney Olympic Games, she’s going to have to decide whose side she’s on – or she’ll lose everyone she loves.
No Number Nine is definitely at the top of the list of books that have surprised me this year. I went into this book not knowing what to expect, but I didn’t put it down until I finished. It is the perfect love story that just warms your heart but there is plenty of action that is very thrilling, making it impossible to put the book down.
I was completely invested in every step of Pip’s emotional, coming of age story getting over her sister’s hockey accident, which very sadly resulted in her death. After moving to Germany to escape her friends, family and the grief of losing her sister, she becomes an au pair to a lovely family. It isn’t soon after she learns their whole life revolves around hockey and their dream to get to Sydney Olympics, the one thing she wanted to avoid the most.
It’s clear throughout the story that Pip is feeling a lot of pain but it is incredibly uplifting to see her become who she is and get stronger over time. There were times where I just wanted to shake her and ask her what she was doing but she had her friends Nadine and Tiny to help me with that. I loved her two best friends, they were so much fun and you could see how much they helped her get through a lot of things she was struggling with.
Now I can’t write this review without mentioning the Von Feldstein boys. Billy and Leo are extremely dedicated to hockey and I loved both of their passion for it and even though I’m not a hockey fan myself, I really enjoyed reading about their Olympic journey. Both of their personalities were so different but they were both such entertaining characters. With Billy’s confident and cocky charm and Leo being the quiet and reserved one, there is always some kind of tension or banter between them to pull you into the story. It’s so uplifting to see their friendships and relationships grow with Pip and it just made me all warm and fuzzy. I couldn’t get over how cute the two youngest boys were either, their love for Pip really shined through.
Overall, No Number Nine is an incredibly fast-paced, love story filled with drama, action, love and loss. Once you start reading this emotional rollercoaster of a book, be prepared to sit there until you’re done. Don’t worry if you’re not a big sport or hockey lover because I believe this book has something for everyone. If you’re like me, you’ll get into the hype of the Olympics just as much as some of the characters do. I loved the writing style of this book and I’m really excited to get stuck into some more of FJ Campbell’s work!
About the Author
FJ Campbell was born in the twentieth century in a seaside town and has moved around a lot, in Britain and Europe.
FJ loves reading and sport (but not at the same time) and has visited three Olympic Games (as a fan). Author of ‘No Number Nine’, ‘The Islanders’ and ‘Enjoy the Silence’.