Synopsis: ‘When Astrid and Hiro meet they give each other superhero names. She's Lobster Girl and he's Shopping Trolley Boy. Not an auspicious beginning. But it gets better. Then it gets worse. Much worse. Classic romantic comedy: girl-meets-boy, love blossoms, and is derailed. Incredibly engaging, upbeat, funny and smart.
Astrid Katy Smythe is beautiful, smart and popular. She's a straight-A student and a committed environmental activist. She's basically perfect.
Hiro is the opposite of perfect. He's slouchy, rude and resentful. Despite his brains, he doesn't see the point of school.
But when Astrid meets Hiro at the shopping centre where he's wrangling shopping trolleys, he doesn't recognise her because she's in disguise - as a lobster. And she doesn't set him straight.
Astrid wants to change the world, Hiro wants to survive it. But ultimately both believe that the world needs to be saved from itself. Can they find enough in common to right all the wrongs between them?’
A quick, easy read of romantic fiction., but that isn’t what drew me to this book. It was the idea of activism in the the sense of creating something rather than destroying. Astrid and Hiro embark on becoming environmental activists by creating something new and beautiful to get the town’s attention, rather than on destroying. ‘Bewildering’ is the term Astrid comes up with and I would like more of us to start bewildering our neighbourhoods. Guerrilla gardening in the best way possible. To understand more of what I’m referring to, you will have to read the book.
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