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Feature book: Miss Spelled

21 January 2015

Miss SpelledMiss Spelled by Sarah Belle

Lou is a teacher and comes from a working-class family. Her mother is a hairdresser, and her best friend Mel is another primary school teacher. Lou has a super-smart brother, Ben, who she likes to use as a sounding board. Lou, when the story starts, has been in a relationship with Aiden for a year. Lou is a nice, normal girl but feels a little displaced and insecure with Aiden’s family who do not welcome her.

Aiden comes from a wealthy family, he’s university educated and a very successful investment banker. His mother Cressida is a snob and doesn’t like Lou because she’s not wealthy and comes from one of the ‘wrong’ suburbs of Melbourne. Aiden is an only child but his mother sent him to boarding school when he was young, even though they lived in Melbourne and the prestigious school was in Geelong. At school, he endured an arch nemesis by the name of Hunter who enjoyed picking on everyone.

The best way to describe the relationship during the book between Lou and Aiden is that it’s in reverse or maybe upside down. Lou loves Aiden and wants to spend the rest of her life with him. Aiden loves Lou and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. What can go wrong you ask … you guessed it, Hunter can. Prior to meeting Aiden, and just out of university, Lou meets Hunter in London, falls in love and has a torrid relationship with him, then walks away after she discovers he’s a lying, cheating arsehole. Zip forward about a decade and after a significant moment in Lou and Aiden’s relationship, Lou discovers that Hunter is Aiden’s arch nemesis and will be restructuring the investment bank where Aiden works. She has a panic attack about her previous liaison with Hunter and makes an escalating series of bad decisions. The question is, will true love win out?

This unorthodox romance was well done and the best way to describe it is a blend of movies like 13 Going on 30 and Sliding Doors. Lou is the only one who knows what has happened and is the pivot for all the changes in the lives of those around her. Lou grows through the book and she learns to be more careful of the impact her decisions have. A spell does trigger the changes in Lou’s life, but the story is not about witchcraft. Read the blurb, take a chance on a different journey, and enjoy this sometimes serious, mostly fun, quirky story.

Reviewed by Gina

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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