Truly, Wildly, Deeply

Truly, Wildly, Deeply

By Author / Illustrator

Jenny McLachlan


Romance & Relationships

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Paperback / softback




NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019.  'Pure reading delight' METRO.  'A feelgood romance' OBSERVER.

Annie is starting college and she can't wait for the adventure to begin. No more being told what to do. No more rules. No more labels. As a teenager with cerebral palsy, independence matters more than anything to Annie. The last thing she's looking for is romance.

Fab is starting college too. He's wild and energetic and he believes that the greatest adventure in life is falling in love. He's left his home in Poland and he feels adrift in the world. The one thing he's looking for is romance.

What will happen when Fab and Annie meet? Will either of them find what they are truly looking for? Big thoughts, big dreams and bigger laughs, Jenny McLaghlan is the star of feel-good fiction.



Truly Wildly Deeply is a joyful teen romance (set against the contrasting backdrop of Wuthering Heights) focussing on loveable main characters Annie and Fab. Annie has cerebral palsy and Fab has recently moved from Poland, however, this is not an 'issues book', McLachlan skilfully tells the tale of the twists and turns of the pair's blossoming relationship in a comical and completely relatible fashion. The supporting characters - Jackson, Hilary, Oliver, Mal, Jim, Annie's Mum and even Miss Caudle - are well rounded and delightful and the humour kept me laughing consistently throughout, particularly those passages referring to reading: 'I love reading. I mean, I'm obsessed with it. I'm a book pervert, and I do it everywhere and at every opportunity, even when I probably shouldn't be doing it at all'; the difference between what you can get away with reading about in public and looking at in public is mind-boggling. Truly Wildly Deeply is not without conflict however, and it is this conflict which ultimately leads Annie to make an incredibly adventurous, possibly reckless gesture. Will her spontaneous gamble pay off? Recommended for ages 11+ / 298 pages / Reviewed by Rhiannon Cook, school librarian

Suggested Reading Age 11+


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