The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson – Review

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On today’s post, I’ll be reviewing The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson, which is a book that I have read before, but felt nostalgic and gave it another read through as years has passed since I first read it. When I first bought the book, it was the beautiful cover that drew me to it, along with the fact that the novel was televised as a series on BBC roundabout the same time I came across it too. I never actually got round to watching it though, so can’t give my opinion on how well it was portrayed on TV, in comparison to the actual novel itself. So this post will be my thoughts solely on the novel as that is all I can review really hahah. Now, before I begin with the review, I thought it would be wise to give you some background on the author first and then follow up on the book.

Biography of Dorothy Koomson

Dorothy Koomson is known as the best-selling author of The Ice Cream Girls, My Best Friend’s Girl and The Woman He Loved Before Me. She is a Black English, contemporary novelist that grew up in London in 1971. Also, her background heritage is of Ghanaian descent. Koomson wrote her very first novel only at the age of 13, this was called There’s A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, which she used to write diligently every night before sharing it with her classroom friends. Not only is she ‘Britain’s biggest selling Black author of adult fiction’ but she has a way of eloquently grabbing the reader’s attention through the words she uses.

The Book 

The Ice Cream Girls is Koomson’s sixth novel that was released in 2010. Without spoiling much for you, I’ll try to share a little more about the book, in hope that you’ll possibly go give it a read yourself or read more of Koomson’s work. The Ice Cream Girls tells the story of 2 girls named Serena Gorringe and Poppy Carlisle, who soon find their worlds collide together due to being the only witnesses to a life-changing event. They each find their past slowly creeping up on their present lives and disrupt the mundane life which they had built for themselves. Being the only 2 girls that can fit the missing puzzles is what inevitably causes them to revisit their buried memories.

Personally, I can say that I am happy to of picked up this book from the Waterstones shelf when I did, as it was the most thought-provoking novel I had ever read at the time. Not only did I find myself trying to fit the puzzles together in my head whilst reading, but I wanted to keep reading it page after page. That is truly how you know that the book is worth the read. Another thing which I enjoyed was the fact that the pages were set out on the character’s point of view (POV). So, as you are reading you would know who it was speaking and really be able to understand their current emotions due to the POV.

After re-reading the novel, I really do want to read Koomson’s other work for comparison on The Ice Cream Girls. Also, if you aren’t much of a reader, you can catch up on the story yourself on either BBC iPlayer or any TV series website.

Have you ever read a book which was the best thing you read at the time? Or read/seen The Ice Cream Girls yourself? Feel free to leave a comment below and share your favorite reads.

Yours Truly,

Melanin Talks

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