Toria has just arrived in Brompton-on-Sea from Up North, and is in need of some new friends. On her first day at her new school, she is drawn into a group of the slightly awkward, the geeks, the strange kids. This gaggle of strange teenagers swiftly take her under their wing and to the crazy golf course where they spend their weekends.
Things get more complicated when Toria falls in love with beautiful Nico, while her friendship with Polly continues to deepen. Is she in love with them both?
This is a story of what it is like to be a frustrated teenager in a seaside town – much like my own teenage setting.
Toria’s voice is very strong and even though I didn’t always like her at times, I enjoyed reading about her. She is caustic, witty, self-deprecating and honest.
All of the Above touches on fitting in, coming out, anorexia, self harm, grief, break ups and much more. It reminded me of what Skins would be if you dialled it back to reality.
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