About the Book:
So much can change in half a lifetime…
At fifteen, George is the foster brother Leah never asked for. As the angry, troubled boy struggles to come to terms with his circumstances, Leah finds herself getting drawn closer to him.
Theo’s wealthy family have mysteriously pulled him out of boarding school and he’s now enrolled at the local state school with Leah and George. When their worlds collide that summer, the three teenagers form a bond they believe will be unbreakable. But life doesn’t always go to plan…
Shocking news brings Leah back to Yorkshire, baby daughter in tow. But Emilie’s father Theo isn’t with them, and George has unexpectedly returned. After half a lifetime, have they healed the scars of their pasts? Will coming back home set their hearts in a different direction?
Published by Penguin Random House Australia – Michael Joseph
Released June 2021
I loved this novel. All the feels and reading way past my bedtime kind of love. I liken Paige Toon’s novels to looking through a viewfinder; those things a certain generation of us used to have as kids, where you put the round cartridge in the top and press the slide bar down to cycle through the images of the visual story. I used to sometimes slide the bar halfway and you’d get two images spliced and all of a sudden, the story would change. That’s Paige Toon. You think you’re reading this, but actually, you’re reading that. You were always reading that all along, it just looked like this. Those who have read her books will know exactly what I mean and for those who haven’t – get on it. You’re missing out!
Someone I Used to Know is a story about unconditional love, grief and hope. It shines a light on kids in care and gives a no holds barred look at the different kinds of foster homes kids in care may encounter. It’s gritty and real, perhaps a bit more so than Paige’s previous novels, but I liked that and it just served to make it all the more realistic. It’s an emotionally charged read, with characters that are both hard to love and hard to resist, along with others that have hearts as big as they can possibly come. I enjoyed Leah as a character and treading the path of the story in her shoes, both as a teenager and a grown woman.
Billed as a romance, I feel this is more life literature with an epic love story thrown in. There’s definitely a serious edge to it that I appreciated. I particularly loved the epilogue. I’m a completer finisher so being given the full story appealed to that part of me and gave me a solid sense of resolution by the finish. This was such a good book, a standout read that I highly recommend. Oh, and I cried, and that almost never happens!
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Thanks is extended to the publisher for the review copy.