Freckles, by Cecelia Ahern, is a quirky book about discovering who the important people are in your life.
The author has written the book from the perspective of Allegra Bird, a.k.a. Freckles. Allegra is a unique individual, and although it is never confirmed, I believe her to be autistic.
Allegra religiously sticks to her daily routine and enjoys the stability it provides her. That is until one day when she has an unkind encounter with a young man named Tristan. Tristan tells her that ‘everyone is the average of five people they spend the most time with’ and states that it ‘doesn’t say much about the company you keep’. The comment consumes her thoughts, and she starts to unravel whilst attempting to make sense of what he said and decipher who her five people are.
It took me a while to get into this book. Primarily because the first few chapters revolve around Allegra’s job as a traffic warden, but I also found the lack of speech marks to be off-putting. However, once the story developed, I began to enjoy the storyline and warmed to the characters.
If I were to rate the book out of 5, I would give it a 3. I didn’t dislike it, but at the same time, it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me either.