THINGS WE HAVE IN COMMON
“A striking and highly enjoyable debut.”
Yasmin would give anything to have a friend…And do anything to keep one. The first time I saw you, you were standing at the far end of the playing field. You were looking down at your brown straggly dog, but then you looked up, your mouth going slack as your eyes clocked her. Alice Taylor. I was no different. I used to catch myself gazing at the back of her head in class, at her silky fair hair swaying between her shoulder blades.
If you’d glanced just once across the field you’d have seen me standing in the middle on my own, looking straight at you, and you’d have gone back through the trees to the path quick, tugging your dog after you. You’d have known you’d given yourself away, even if only to me. But you didn’t. You only had eyes for Alice.
Poor little Yasmin she would give anything to have friends, and do anything to keep one. It seemed rather strange that Yasmin was particularly obsessed with the girl Alice Taylor in her class gazing at the back of head admiring Alice’s silky fair hair swaying between her shoulder blades. I think because Yasmin had no friends she began to eat non stop as a way of comfort by eating Chocolate Hobnobs and Strawberry Tarts piling on the pounds. Then there was Marcy a girl in Yasmin’s year that had the total opposite she starved herself and got anorexia she was so thin that she had to go hospital. This is clearly a story about teenage obsession and trying to fit in with the class mates and to have best friends. Things In Common is so utterly fresh and chillingly dark.
Published by Canongate 7th May in hardback