The Flywheel by Erin Gough


The Flywheel
Title : The Flywheel
Author :
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ISBN : 1742978177
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 309

The Ampersand Prize winner Erin Gough delivers a heart warming debut novel about queer romance, crap parents finding your feet when life gets messy.Seventeen year old Del drops out of high school when her romance with another girl goes horribly wrong Preferring chaos to bullying, Del makes it her mission to save her dad s crumbling caf , the Flywheel, while he finds himself overseas Accompanied by her charming troublemaker best friend Charlie, Del sets out to save the cafe, keep Charlie out of prison, and maybe get a date with Rosa, the beautiful flamenco dancer from across the road But when life is messy enough as it is, can girl on girl romance ever have a happy ending This hilarious and accident prone novel is about how to be heartbroken and how to fall in love about rising above high school drama and wrestling with problems that are almost too big It speaks directly to teens and assures them that they re not alone, and does it all with an abundance of heart.


The Flywheel Reviews


  • Emily May

    It pains me how hard it is to get hold of the Aussie YA contemporaries, because every time I do, they are just so damn charming.This book reminds me of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, in a way It s a feel good story filled with friendship, an extremely likable and complex narrator and an LGBT romance And it s full of cuteness, humour and entertainment.I basically said this in my review of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I m glad that there are happy, uplifting books about gay teens t It pains me how hard it is to get hold of the Aussie YA contemporaries, because every time I do, they are just so damn charming.This book reminds me of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, in a way It s a feel good story filled with friendship, an extremely likable and complex narrator and an LGBT romance And it s full of cuteness, humour and entertainment.I basically said this in my review of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I m glad that there are happy, uplifting books about gay teens that still don t sugar coat the reality of homophobia As in, they portray the reality but it doesn t become a horror story The Flywheel shows homophobia, but it never becomes a novel about it.I have read many books about the difficulties of coming out, dealing with families and friends who don t accept you, etc and these are incredibly important But it s so refreshing and nice to read about gay teens who accept themselves and are accepted by their families, whilst also acknowledging the existence of the stupid, homophobic people out there.Gough s version of high school rings true to me The cliques are there as always, but she cleverly develops a multi layered setting so the people are than a mere label Del herself feels very real and her personality is a complex web of many things as all personalities really are She is a sympathetic character, and yet she is selfish at times She is strong and assertive, yet prone to failure She s fiery, yet vulnerable And I also REALLY loved her best friend Charlie.Del has so much to deal with from the girls at school, to managing the diner she has been left in charge of The Flywheel , to her own crush on Rosa and you experience first hand her struggle, her pain and her sense of humour For a relatively small book, so much is well explored.Be prepared for all the feels

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    DNF 40%I really tried to finish this but it s not happening I can t get myself to be invested in Delilah as a character at all, and I actively dislike her best friend, Charlie The whole situation feels a bit convoluted and forced and the characters fell flat enough that they weren t motivating me to push myself through to the end I m super sad after how much I ve been anticipating this book, but after trying for a week to get myself to pick it back up it just isn t going to happen.

  • Melanie

    See reviews at YA Midnight ReadsWith it s witty humour and cuteness in general, I can definitely see why Erin Gough s YA debut, The Flywheel, won The Ampersand Project Just as some general knowledge, Melissa Keil s Life in Outer Space was the the winner from a previous year that Hardie Grant Egmont Australia picked up, so if you trust their tastes, then you should most certainly check this one out as well I mean, seriously, who can go wrong with Aussie YA 4 Reasons Why You Should Read The See reviews at YA Midnight ReadsWith it s witty humour and cuteness in general, I can definitely see why Erin Gough s YA debut, The Flywheel, won The Ampersand Project Just as some general knowledge, Melissa Keil s Life in Outer Space was the the winner from a previous year that Hardie Grant Egmont Australia picked up, so if you trust their tastes, then you should most certainly check this one out as well I mean, seriously, who can go wrong with Aussie YA 4 Reasons Why You Should Read The Flywheel1 It s a LGBTQ themed Aussie YA contemporary YUP YOU HEARD ME RIGHT PEOPLES THE BOOK GODS HAVE FINALLY GIVEN US WHAT WE VE BEEN WANTING Some diversity Aussie badassery Seriously guys, it s 2 in 1, who could ask for The way the diversity is represented in this novel is not only authentic, but it also messes with your emotions and made me wanna give Del a big big hug.2 The main character is fantastically imperfect, but still an incredibly strong girl that I am in awe of Due to Del s sexuality, she got a lot of crap from the people at school who tease and mock her on a daily basis It didn t feel like a cliche situation where you have the mean and popular girls beating up on the small, for Gough creates such a believable high school atmosphere, which reminded me jarringly of the high school days at my old school.3 The supporting characters have their own shining moments as well More often than not, the supporting roles in books tend to get no backbone at all, but Gough ensures that this isn t the case here I particularly loved Charlie as a character and the way he grew throughout this novel was something insanely amazing to see Further, yay for platonic girl boy relationships Charlie and Del s banter was a beautiful thing, guys.4 The romance made me wanna squeeeeee The adorableness is strong in this one, guys.I would ve liked to see Del and Rosa as a couple in this book, but regardless, these two made me grin like a total fool.In all, I fell in love with The Flywheel from the very first page While I have a few tiny quibbles in regards to how irritable Del got, there s no doubt that I ll be stalking this author for her future novels THROW THEM AT MEH Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy

  • Tatiana

    Someone needs to publish this in the USA.This may be my favorite YA novel with a lesbian MC I really like her voice self assured and assertive Somehow I don t come across voices like this often.For fans of Lili Wilkinson s Pink and A.S King s Ask the Passengers.

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)

    Thank you so much to Hardie Grant Egmont for sending this book my way The Flywheel follows Delilah as she struggles with a lot of things while her father is away on holiday she is struggling with her sexuality, managing the family cafe, balancing school, bullying and a whole range of other things I m so glad and books are being released that revolve around LGBTQ characters It s so important because this is what society is like today and I believe that new literature should definit Thank you so much to Hardie Grant Egmont for sending this book my way The Flywheel follows Delilah as she struggles with a lot of things while her father is away on holiday she is struggling with her sexuality, managing the family cafe, balancing school, bullying and a whole range of other things I m so glad and books are being released that revolve around LGBTQ characters It s so important because this is what society is like today and I believe that new literature should definitely reflect that I also want to mention that this book is a part of a program run by Hardie Grant Egmont called The Ampersand Project , where they find YA novels by unpublished writers and publish them This is their second time doing this and I just want to say that I think it s so great for the publisher to give opportunities for Australian debut authors I found this book to be really relevant for High School students, as it focuses on some really important topics revolving around friendships, sexuality, bullying, family issues and how different families from varying ethnicities are It teaches a lot of important lessons and is so realistic and relatable I think this is one of those books that should definitely be on display in school libraries for teens to read because you never know, it might be exactly what they need to find acceptance in who they are and other answers to certain issues they may be relevant in their lives Personally, there was something lacking for me, and I have a feeling it s to do with my age A lot of the issues being dealt with in the book were things that aren t relevant for me any I can still appreciate it for what it is though It was a great story with lovely quirky characters and I d definitely recommend it

  • Lex Kent

    2 1 2 Stars I ve had this book since last year, but wanted to wait until closer to it s release date before reviewing it This was originally the book The Flywheel, when it was published only in Australia It is now getting a new release under the name of Get It Together Delilah I don t understand the name change, as the Flywheel makes much better sense, and is a place most of the story takes place in.Unfortunately, I didn t really care for this story It s not bad for any means, and I may hav 2 1 2 Stars I ve had this book since last year, but wanted to wait until closer to it s release date before reviewing it This was originally the book The Flywheel, when it was published only in Australia It is now getting a new release under the name of Get It Together Delilah I don t understand the name change, as the Flywheel makes much better sense, and is a place most of the story takes place in.Unfortunately, I didn t really care for this story It s not bad for any means, and I may have liked it better if I was younger, not in my mid 30 s But I have liked plenty of YA NA books before, so I don t think it s entirely that I guess for my YA books, I like books that really make you feel, and get to you emotionally This book didn t give me that feeling I was hoping for The whole book is around a 17 year old, left alone for months no adults to run a business of a cafe, seemed a bit farfetched There is almost no adults in this book at all, and the ones that are are pretty lacking The main character of Del could be a bit erratic at times, which made her hard to connect with And I didn t really care for her two best friends which took up a lot of time in the book.On the good side, I did think Gough s characters sounded and acted like teenagers for the most part Some authors write YA and the teenagers act like children or too adult, I thought Gough did a good job I just wished I liked the characters and the storyline .I can t really recommend this, but this book has plenty of good reviews, so I m sure there is a lot of people that will like this than I did An ARC was given to me by Netgalley, for a honest review.

  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)

    Delilah finds herself in a precarious position, running her father s small business while he s on an extended journey of self discovery and walking away from her education to ensure the coffee house survives against the push of big business I absolutely adored Delilah She s a resilient young woman who although self aware, still feels adolescent fragility as she navigates friendships, relationships and responsibility She continues to endure homophobia, targeted accusations by her peers Delila Delilah finds herself in a precarious position, running her father s small business while he s on an extended journey of self discovery and walking away from her education to ensure the coffee house survives against the push of big business I absolutely adored Delilah She s a resilient young woman who although self aware, still feels adolescent fragility as she navigates friendships, relationships and responsibility She continues to endure homophobia, targeted accusations by her peers Delilah is a lesbian and after a physical relationship with a fellow student, subjected to taunts that the education facility ignore.Charlie is adventurous, boisterous and a charming young man with an appreciation of the fairer sex, seemingly infatuated with the thrill of the chase Charlie was of an immense support to Delilah, thriving as The Flywheel s new in house chef, praised by patrons and creating a new environment by uplifting revenue for the flailing business Charlie was hilarious, his jovial nature providing banter between he and Delilah and laugh out loud moments.Although Delilah s parents are noticeably absent for almost the entire narration, Delilah speaks of an incredible fondness for her father and the support and unconditional love he provides, her reasoning behind wanting to save The Flywheel from bankruptcy rather than ask her father to return home Delilah s relationship with her mother felt incredibly strained, having separated and moved to Melbourne with her younger, questionable lover Insisting Delilah refer to her by her first name rather than mother, wanting to recapture her youth.The romance between Delilah and Rosa was often turbulent but the epitome of teen relationships and their complexities After her experience with Georgia, Delilah isn t interested in another covert relationship which poses an issue with Rosa s conservative family, unaware of her sexuality It was a great exploration of the stages of sexual preferences and tolerances for experiences that are not your own.The Flywheel is why I read Australian young adult fiction, wonderfully diverse narratives that represent our communities Debut author Erin Gough is remarkable.Diva Booknerd

  • Emily Mead

    Well this was excellent Diversity and great supporting characters and a flawed but lovable main character This is definitely one you want to read, by a new Aussie author I will be reading EVERYTHING from Hardie Grant Egmont is certainly good at picking their Ampersand Project winners _________________________________This book is absolutely epic.We have our main character Delilah, aka Del, who is really really excellent What I FIRST liked about her was that dropping out of school wasn t presen Well this was excellent Diversity and great supporting characters and a flawed but lovable main character This is definitely one you want to read, by a new Aussie author I will be reading EVERYTHING from Hardie Grant Egmont is certainly good at picking their Ampersand Project winners _________________________________This book is absolutely epic.We have our main character Delilah, aka Del, who is really really excellent What I FIRST liked about her was that dropping out of school wasn t presented as the worst option in the world It s nice to see that in YA the possibility of different life choices that don t necessarily mean you ll fail at life.Also, Del is openly a lesbian.Awesome points to Del I LOVED seeing her relationship develop It was so cute.Which reminds me that all the side characters were really well developed.Charlie, her best friend, is such a REAL person, and he was a lot of fun to read about Her other friends were three dimensional as well.Del did get a bit annoying towards the end.She really did I couldn t see why she was being so STUBBORN and disbelieving that she could be wrong But I didn t necessarily mind that she got annoying It was all part of the story and her growth.There were also some great unique ways of storytelling lists and graphs and all sorts.The pictures every now and again were great AND THE MAPS at the beginning They were cool too.Basically, I could see why this won the Ampersand Project It is completely and utterly awesome

  • Dahlia

    This was cute I liked the writing and the main character s arc, and I think the conversation about having a partner who isn t ready to come out when you already are is a really good one to see in LGBTQ YA I do wish the whole premise of the Flywheel didn t require such a tremendous suspension of disbelief, because it honestly felt distractingly lazy, and I would ve liked to get of Rosa as a person I had a hard time feeling their connection but, ya know, it s sweet f f YA and if you re This was cute I liked the writing and the main character s arc, and I think the conversation about having a partner who isn t ready to come out when you already are is a really good one to see in LGBTQ YA I do wish the whole premise of the Flywheel didn t require such a tremendous suspension of disbelief, because it honestly felt distractingly lazy, and I would ve liked to get of Rosa as a person I had a hard time feeling their connection but, ya know, it s sweet f f YA and if you re looking for especially where the main character is already out , this is a fine one to pick up Note that it s an Australian YA title, and I m not sure about whether it s being published in the US, but I bought it via The Book Depository, so if you re American like I am, that s where you can get it

  • Xueting

    Yup, I got Erin Gough s awesome autograph in my copy of the book during the Sydney Writer s Festival Also went to the Realistic Teen Fiction talk in which she was one of the panel authors.This was a great debut novel that I read in two days I love all the main characters the protagonist, Delilah, struggles with managing the family cafe on her own, school, the problems of her friends, the sudden independence thrown on her by her parents, and her own crush on the side She s really feisty and Yup, I got Erin Gough s awesome autograph in my copy of the book during the Sydney Writer s Festival Also went to the Realistic Teen Fiction talk in which she was one of the panel authors.This was a great debut novel that I read in two days I love all the main characters the protagonist, Delilah, struggles with managing the family cafe on her own, school, the problems of her friends, the sudden independence thrown on her by her parents, and her own crush on the side She s really feisty and vulnerable at the same time, which makes for a first person narrative that makes you laugh, feel her pain, question her objectivity and ultimately root for her I really love her two best friends, Lauren and Charlie, too I was pretty irritated by how Delilah treated Lauren for most of the book, like she was just a geeky if being geeky was a bad thing and selfish bore who would never look attractive to a guy But that just shows Delilah s human a little blindsided and selfish herself Charlie s just a charmer I d love to have him as a friend He definitely fits the dream boyfriend image with his looks, wealth, wittiness and cooking skills But honestly I d rather have a friend as awesome as him It probably goes without saying that the LGBT romance in this book makes it stand out a bit, because it tackles the difficult issue of LGBT teens getting bullied for it, especially in school WE NEED MORE OF THIS IN YA FICTION It s most importantly written in a light and sweet way I rooted for Delilah and Rosa like I d root for any couple in any book TV show movie, because Delilah s crush is pretty adorable and she needs some love Not because it s going to make some LGBT statement for Delilah and her bullies view spoiler but this also means I m not a HUGE fan of the couple because I thought it was a little too easy Erin Gough most probably loved the match, but I didn t see a lot of them together to feel like they re even very close friends to even be a great couple It would be real to all kinds of romance and relationships if a Rosa didn t also magically turn out to be gay, and or b Rosa didn t feel the same way towards Delilah hide spoiler Anyway, it s a great debut novel It made me laugh, shout silently in my head, and smile like a happy puppy