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Blog Tour: Goldfish

In honour of the upcoming Olympics, author Nat Luurtsema dishes on her favourite Olympic sport.

Blog Tour: Goldfish

Welcome to the blog tour for Nat Luurtsema's Goldfish (available now; reviewed here)! Here's the official scoop on the book (also known as Girl Out of Water in the U.K.):

Lou Brown is one of the fastest swimmers in the county. She’s not boasting, she really is. So things are looking pretty rosy the day of the Olympic time-trials. With her best mate Hannah by her side, Lou lines up by the edge of the pool, snaps her goggles on and bends into her dive…

Everything rests on this race. It’s Lou’s thing.

… or it was. She comes dead last and to top it all off Hannah sails through leaving a totally broken Lou behind.

Starting again is never easy, particularly when you’re the odd-one out in a family of insanely beautiful people and a school full of social groups way too intimidating to join. Where do you go from here? Finding a new thing turns out to be the biggest challenge Lou’s ever faced and opens up a whole new world of underwater somersaults, crazy talent shows, bitchy girls and a great big load of awkward boy chat.

Lou Brown guides us through the utter humiliation of failure with honesty, sass and a keen sense of the ridiculous. This girl will not be beaten.

Just in time for this year's Olympics in Rio, Nat's here today to tell us about her favourite Olympic sport. Take it away, Nat!

My favourite Olympic sport is the Skeleton. If you don’t know what that is, treat yourself and google it right now. Watch some videos if you can. It’s insane!! So the competitor lies face down on what is basically a tea tray, and then flings themselves face-first down a lethally slippery ice track as fast as they can.


This sport boggles my mind. How do you know you’re any good at it? You just have to borrow a tea tray, kiss your nose goodbye and whizz down the track. If you’re still in one piece at the bottom, maybe you have a talent for it?

Or maybe coaches skulk around at the bottom of stairs, looking for a youngster to trip at the top and fall downstairs with just the right amount of speed, grace and a relaxed attitude to broken bones? 

I would try this sport if I was allowed to go down bum-first. Not face-first. I need my face every day to express my feelings. I just need my bum to sit on and open doors when my hands are full. But I don’t think the Backwards Skeleton is a Thing. Yet.

Thanks for stopping by, Nat! (Maybe luge is more your speed?) You can check out her website, or find her on Twitter (@natluurtsema).

Follow the rest of the blog tour for Goldfish!

June 7: Gone with the Words
June 10: Swoony Boys Podcast
June 14: Love Is Not a Triangle
June 17: The Fox's Hideaway
June 20: Book Briefs
June 24: Fierce Reads
June 27: That Artsy Reader Girl

July 1: Gone Pecan
July 5: Forever Young Adult
July 8: The Reading Nook Reviews
July 12: Undeniably Book Nerdy
July 15: Xpresso Reads
July 19: Mary Had a Little Book Blog
July 22: Paperback Princess
July 26: Ex Libris
July 29: Novel Novice

August 2: Page Turners Blog
August 5: Book Nerds Across America

Goldfish is available now.