Monday, 27 July 2009

Lucy Zeezou's Goal by Liz Deep-Jones

From Amazon: Lucy's family is famous for two things in Italy: soccer and fashion. Her pushy mother wants her to model for the family's fashion label. Even worse, Lucy's father—captain of Milan’s premier soccer team—agrees. But Lucy has been leading a double life, playing soccer on the side when she isn’t modeling. When she and her mother move from Milan to Sydney to be closer to her grandparents, Lucy has the chance to come clean about who she really is and what she really wants to do with her life.

Lucy Zeezou's Goal
is a fun story about passion, determination and family. It shows that girls can play football (soccer) too, and that following your dream is possible.

Lucy is a headstrong character who doesn't let gender stereotypes stand in her way. If she wants to do something, she does it, regardless of whether it's expected or not. I really liked this about her, along with her family loyalty. Family really is the most important thing in life, and it's great to see a young character relying so heavily on that bond.

I also liked the subject of football and sport, as it's not something I come across very often. There was a lot of sports terminology throughout the book which, luckily, I could understand, because I like football myself. Famous players are referred to, such as Kaka and Beckham, which helped add realism to the story. A few of the plot twists seemed a bit far-fetched, though maybe real football coaches do actually go through simlar experiences. If they do, and if that's what being in the football spotlight brings with it, then I'm glad I'll never have to be put in that position.

The writing style is quite simple and to the point, which is exactly as it should be for the novel's desired market of 8-14 year olds. I think girls (and probably boys, too) of this age would really relate to the characters and situations, and it might even give younger aspiring footballers the motivation to carry on. For fans of football and stories of growing up and holding your own, Lucy Zeezou's Goal is sure to be a hit with its target audience.


Amy said...

Great review! You have covinced me to look out for this.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm not a big sports fan but this sounds quite good. Great review as always!

Zombie Girrrl said...

Excellent review!
It still surprises me that girls need books and movies to tell them that they can do whatever they want with their lives, they should be getting that kind of encouragement from their families, and it shouldn't be a big deal. That kind of self-assured confidence should be ingrained into them just like it is into little boys. I wonder if perhaps we might have taken a step backward from the girl power, career Barbie days of the 90's, because growing up, I never needed a, “Compelling story about one girl’s struggle to beat the odds…” to tell me I could play soccer, I had Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers to do that. Who do we have now?

Andrea said...

Sounds good, reminds a little of Bend It like Beckham

Anonymous said...

i am actually reading that book now and i love soccer so much and i recommend for every one and for anyone who has a dream follow it no matter what happens.

Kate said...

I love playing football so I reckon I'll enjoy this book. The plot sounds quite good. Superb review :)

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