Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Review: The Reluctant Jillaroo by Kaz Delaney

The Reluctant Jillaroo is fun story about a young woman persuaded to swap places with her identical twin sister. Heidi Gage is a surfer girl from Sydney who loves the beach and the water. Her identical twin sister Harper loves the land and dreams of getting a scholarship to an exclusive agricultural school. To get the scholarship, she must spend a week at a Jillaroo/Jackroo camp for teens in outback New South Wales, but on the night before she is due to go, Harper breaks her leg, and persuades Heidi that she must go in her place. Feeling guilty for causing Harper's accident in the first place, Heidi agrees and finds herself on an unpredictable adventure at a camp she is completely unprepared for. She is, quite literally, a surfer girl out of water.

As I said at the beginning of the review, this one is a fun story. There are some funny bits and a touch of romance--I really enjoyed the love triangle between Heidi, Chaz and Trent ... and the outcome. The plot about the thief was done well and I liked reading about how the friendship developed between Heidi and Vee. Heidi herself is a gutsy and loyal character and this really holds the story together.

Overall, this one is an entertaining read. Recommended.