Reader Reviewed Lou Out of Luck by Nat Luurtsema

Lou Out of Luck

Written by Nat Luurtsema

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In a nutshell: sharp, witty school and family based comedy | Nat Luurtsema made a splash with her first story about Lou Brown in Girl Out of Water, which saw her training a team of the school’s hottest boys in synchronised swimming. Now Lou is back in a new adventure which is just as slick and funny as the original and filled with sharp observations of teen and family life. Despite a variety of problems – both parents are now unemployed, her best friend Hannah has been co-opted into the prom committee by the class mean girls, and even lovely boyfriend Gabe is spending more time with his (all female) debating teammates than with her – Lou stays cheerful, and the worse things get for her, the funnier they are for readers. Guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, this is another perfect summer read. ~ Andrea Reece

Definitely one to recommend to fans of Holly Smale’s Geek Girl series.

Reader Reviews

Some of our older Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Girl Out of Water. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Amelie Chatham, age 13 - 'This is a great book for fans of Holly Smale's Geek Girl books.'
  • Holly Carver, age 13 - 'Girl Out of Water is a really funny book.  I can completely connect to what she is feeling.  It's a great story that took me through a World of emotions.'
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 12 - 'Possibly my favourite book ever! ‘Girl Out of Water’ is hilarious and impossible to put down! I am already re-reading it! Perfect!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was a delightful story about new beginnings, friendships and dreams with plenty of laugh out loud moments and some love to hate mean girls.'
  • Cesca Anderson - 'Girl Out Of Water is a hilarious, brutally honest and laugh out loud of a book that kept me in raptures throughout.'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 18 - 'Hilariously funny and so hard to put down!' 
  • Ellen Faulkner, age 14 - 'Girl Out Of Water is a very good just wasn't my cup of tea, however, I would recommend it to other readers.'
  • Jodi Coffman, age 14 - 'It was light hearted and funny and it was so good that I read it in a day! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique, quick-read that is extremely funny.'


Lou Out of Luck by Nat Luurtsema

The lives and loves of Lou Brown, Girl Out of Luck. Poverty sucks. Dad's timing the family's showers and refusing to turn on the heating. Mum has arranged for Lou to get lifts to school with Drippy Dermot and his eccentric mother in the Van of Doom. And lentils seem to feature in EVERY SINGLE MEAL. Lou is still coming down from her brief moment of TV super-stardom and getting to grips with the fact that - hold the news - SHE HAS A BOYFRIEND, but with both parents out of work, life isn't all plain sailing. Throw in Hannah's obsession with the school prom, Dad's strange shed activity and Lav's brief flirtation with a modelling career, and suddenly training a dance troupe to swim underwater seems like a walk in the park.

About the Author

Nat Luurtsema

Nat Luurtsema is a stand-up comedian, actor, BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and author of Cuckoo in the Nest, a comic memoir for adults published by Hodder & Stoughton. Nat lives in London, SE24; this is her first book for teens.

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Book Info


384 pages
Interest Age: From 12 years


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Author's Website


Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th June 2018




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