“Five people. Five stars. Freckle to freckle. Star to star.”
Published on 2nd September, Freckles by Cecelia Ahern follows Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, who is told by a stranger that: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” These words turn her highly ordered life upside down. In her current life as a parking warden, she has left her eccentric father and unconventional childhood behind for a bold new life in the city. But a single encounter leads her to ask the question she’s been avoiding for so long: who are the people who made her the way she is? And who are the five people who can shape and determine her future?
Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Freckles is a touching and thought-provoking story about finding your place in the world and growing into your own skin that is sure to resonate with its readers.
I love the character of Freckles and found her so relatable. She comes across as strong-minded and says what she feels, but she also has a vulnerability to her, a sensitive nature that sees her fretting about other people’s opinions of her and questioning her own opinions of herself. I could see a lot of myself in her as someone who is happy to sit in the background, so I enjoyed seeing how she dealt with the current obstacles in her life and this newly-applied life motto that has made her re-examine the people she keeps closest.
There are a few really heartwarming moments and the ending, especially, left me on such a positive note. There’s definitely a lot that I will take away from this book, but it just took me a while to get into and the emotional moments were too sparse for me to love this more. But I would definitely recommend this for readers who enjoy a slower journey and minimalised plot, and Freckles is certainly a character that I will think about often.
Freckles by Cecelia Ahern
Release Date: 2nd September 2021
Print Length: 349 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Harper Collins