'Sandy Feet' by Nikki Buick
Synopsis: 'Hunter is stuck in a car with his family as they travel up the Queensland coast. It is a trip that his mum thinks will bring the family closer together, especially now that his step-dad and little brother are part of the mix. But with tension and secrets sizzling beneath the happy family facade, the road trip soon becomes Hunter's worst nightmare. The further away from home he gets the more he can't shake thoughts of the accident that took his dad away from them. Can one trip really help bring a family together? Sandy Feet is a raw and engaging coming-of-age story that perfectly portrays the highs and lows of adolescence as well as the consequences of family tragedy.'
‘Sandy Feet’ is about a road trip that moves from Brisbane to the Daintree, describing many local tourist spots most of us know and love. When reading the scenes about the local areas the reader can depict exactly what the author is describing. We have all been to these places. This makes the book more appealing as it seems it was written for those of us who live in the area.
Hunter (the main character) is a pain. He is an angry young man, who lashes out at all around him, his sister, his mother and especially his stepfather. This is the road trip from hell. Hunter is making it so. As you read through the book, little by little, the past is revealed and the reader comes to understand why Hunter is behaving like a spoilt brat, an entitled brat.A theme that runs throughout the novel is that no one is perfect. Most teenagers discover this about themselves and their friends, but sometimes discovering this fact about your parents can be devastating. As Hunter learns.
This is a novel many would enjoy, not only because the local area provides a backdrop for the setting of the story, but for the discovery that everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes we all learn from.
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