My favourite thing about Below Deck is how the main character, Olivia (Oli) hears in colours (which is a real thing, by the way!). My imagination doesn't normally extend that far, but Hardcastle makes it seem so simple. I mean, of course Maggie's voice is velvet lilac!
It's a story about the connections between Oli and the people around her, some of which are horribly traumatic and honestly, hard to read. But others are beautiful and makes you wish you had the wholesome friendship that Maggie, Oli and Mac have.
The trauma follows Oli through the book, but the ending is one of the most hopeful and empowering I've read in a long time. It shows that one of womens' greatest strengths is the ability to band together. To listen, think and really feel what others' are going through and, through that, find the courage to be who we really are.
Definitely something enlightening for International Women's Day.
Why should you buy this book? Because it's perfect if you're someone who gets turned off by ~literature~ but is also a little bored by your normal YA read. Below Deck is a great place to start branching out and broadening your reading habits. It's an easy read that you can manage on your quick commute into work, but you'll also feel smart and like you're reading a story worth your time.
Buy the paperback edition for $22.50 or the Kindle edition for $14.42 on Amazon Australia.