Review – No Number Nine, a novel by F.J Campbell

Love Hockey? Love Novels?… Then you will love this fictional story by F.J Campbell

A novel with a flawed but strong female lead character, who readers will not help but to like.
A story about grief, family conflicts and first love, with a dramatic background of hockey at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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 a coming of age story about an 18 year old girl and her life choices and struggles, It’s based around the last few awkward teenage years of a young ex hockey player ‘Pip’ Mitchell.

After the death of her beloved sister and her disastrous personal choices and hoping for a new life, Pip decides to make a fresh start. She embarks on a journey to Munich where she seamlessly slips into Au Pairing with a very wealthy by the name of ‘Von Feldstein’. As Pip discovers the true identities of her new employers, it stirs up a wealth of emotions, painful memories and new challenges.
Together they all set out on the sporting journey of a lifetime to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. This certainly will be a life changing journey, but most definitely not in the way Pip expected.

“It’s fab! I was sat there sobbing to myself at 2.30am in the morning to the end of the book haha. It’s not often a book hooks me that much to make me finish it in one sitting but this definitely did!”

No Number Nine is a very well written piece of fiction and would definitely appeal to the younger adult audience but equality a good read for people of all ages. Readers around the same age of the main character Pip, could certainly get pulled in by the haphazard way she is navigating a difficult and sometimes painful time in her life. F.J Campbell writes so that you empathise with the characters involved and you begin to root for this unlikely heroine in every aspect of her journey. The writer takes you on this journey of experience with the characters, with all her ups and downs and once you start reading, it’s rollercoaster ride of twists and turns and some unexpected events, at times hard and difficult themes are covered but you cannot help but want to keep reading, its one of those novels that finishing the book is a must. This soul-searching book with its romance, humour, emotion and tension, all with an underlying hockey theme, is a quirky read that it’ readers may find hard to put down.

“It’s brilliant! There were tears and proper laugh out loud moments for me all the way through”

We really recommend this novel and like other reviewers you will find that it’s one of those books that you won’t be able to put down and will be hooked right to the end. So give it a read you will not be disappointed. Make it your summer read of 2018.

Check out the responses by other readers at the end of this article including Olympians Katie and Helen Richardson-Walsh.

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