Reader Reviewed The Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen

The Unpredictability of Being Human

Written by Linni Ingemundsen

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January 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Family secrets, second chances

Authentic, funny, coming-of-age story in which inimitable Malin discovers that “a friend worth having is someone who doesn't make you do anything you don't want to do”.

Branded a “weirdo" by most of her peers, fourteen-year-old Malin has a unique perspective on the world. She’s the idiomatic square peg in a round hole, with no mates beyond Magnus, the older cousin she turns to for advice and companionship. But when school “It Girl” tricks Malin into stealing, she strikes up a friendship with fellow outsider Hanna. While this is an unexpected source of joy, as is her sweetly portrayed relationship with fellow nerd Ruben, Malin’s home life remains confusingly fraught.

There are tragic turns along the way, but Malin’s incomparable embodiment of the human spirit always shines through. She’s often naïve, but her voice is witty, laced with self-depreciation and nuggets of wisdom. While things might not go to plan, she learns that “sometimes okay is good enough”, and that everyone should have “a chance to make things right again”. Poignant and compassionate, this life-affirming bundle comes wrapped in a refreshing Norwegian setting, and also comes wholeheartedly recommended for readers who relish real-life honesty. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Teen/YA Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review a sample chapter of this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Khadijah Ahmed, age 20 - 'I loved reading the extract of this story - though it wasn't nearly long enough! The characters immediately stood out to me as layered and complex individuals that I'm eager to learn more about! #beingMalin'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 19 - 'The character voice is distinct from the first page and I can't wait to read the full book. I can already tell that Malin is such a sweet and lovable character. I definitely want to read more!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This story is set in Norway , and is centered around a 14 year old girl called Malin Sande who lives in a small town .
    When given an assignment from school Malin’s individuality shines out much to her teachers annoyance and leads her on a new and exciting path that will have her meeting all the right people she needs in her life.'
  • Jenny Bridgeman, age 12 - 'This was a sample chapter but I really want to find out about Malin and Hanna and work out why it changed her life when they met.I know how it can feel to do thigs to try and make people like you then end up in trouble!'
  • Erin Zammitt, age 17 - 'An engaging, intelligent and witty young voice - combined with a beautiful setting and relatable plot.    
    I received a short sampler of this book and I was left desperate to read the full book asap!'
  • Izzy Read, age 17 - 'A sweet and warm story full of premature wisdom shows how we can learn from our mistakes.'
  • Bethan Scarr, age 16 - 'Intriguing introduction. Hooked from the start. An intriguing introduction. I am drawn in already and would really like to know what happens Malin and Hanna.'
  • Amy Laws, age 16 - 'An intriguing opening filled with vivid description- I can't wait to be able to read more! I really enjoyed the opening of the books; the description and honesty made it a really engaging beginning. Hopefully the rest of the book is just as good.'


The Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen

If 14-year-old Malin was God for a day, she wouldn't change much. Dad would still yell; her brother Sigve would still get in trouble, and Mom would still think wine is good for the heart. She'd still be friends with Hanna, even if they met shoplifting. Because stuff's okay, mostly. And if He could fix the world, wouldn't God have done it already?


About the Author

Linni Ingemundsen is from Norway and currently works in Malta. She does not know how to draw but is somehow also a freelance cartoonist. Linni has lived in three different countries and will never be done exploring the world. Still, what truly inspires her writing is her background growing up in a village on the southwestern coast of Norway. Linni began writing her debut novel while on the Oxford Brookes MA in Creative Writing.

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288 pages


Linni Ingemundsen
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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

28th December 2017




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