Something Certain, Maybe is a powerful novel about first love, friendships and embracing the uncertainty of an unknowable future, from Sara Barnard, winner of the YA Book Prize.
Rosie is ready for her life to begin, because nothing says new life like going to university. After years of waiting and working hard, she's finally on the road that will secure her future.
Except university turns out to be not what she hoped or imagined, and although she's not exactly unhappy – really – she might be a little bit worried that she doesn't really like her course much. Or her flatmates. Or, really . . . anything? But it's normal to be homesick (right?) and everything will have settled in a month or two, and it's totally fine that her friends seem so much happier than she is, and that the doctors don’t seem to know what’s wrong with her mother.
And then she meets Jade, and everything starts to look a little brighter. At least, it does if she’s only looking at Jade. But is first love enough when everything else is falling apart?
UNIVERSITY is very different to how Rosie thought it would be. There is more work and her flatmates have bonded over their creative courses whereas Rosie is studying to be a pharmacist. When she meets Jade, they click and Rosie feels she’s found “her person”. But is she enough to sustain Rosie while everything else is falling apart? A coming-of-age tale about friendship, first love and having the courage to quit while you are ahead. -- Natasha Harding ― The Sun
A thoughtful and empathic exploration of what happens when the best-laid plans go awry, and how to accept uncertainty and change. -- Imogen Russell Williams ― The Guardian
About the Author
Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the 'on' switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand book shops at a young age. She is the author of the bestselling Beautiful Broken Things and won the YA Book Prize for her novel Goodbye, Perfect.