Book thirteen of my summer reading challenge and another one I’ve been looking forward to for far too long.
Daisy On The Outer Line
Life, Death & Time Travel on the Glasgow Subway.
After selfish student Daisy makes a scene at her stepdad’s funeral, she drunkenly falls asleep on the Glasgow subway and wakes to find she has travelled back in time. And to make matters worse, she’s in someone else’s body.
To make amends for her behaviour, she must save a life—but she doesn’t know who, how, or where to begin. She’ll have to find out fast if she wants to make it back to her old life and avoid being trapped in the wrong timeline forever.
I always know that I’m going to enjoy a book by Ross Sayers and I can’t believe that I haven’t picked this one up before now, I’ve had it sat on my shelf for a while, but I’m glad I finally picked it up because it is just brilliant. There is something I find so enjoyable about reading a book set in Glasgow and written in Scots, I think it adds to the sense of place in the book and because I can really hear the accent whilst reading it gives me that cosy home feeling.
The plot is fantastic, when I first heard about time travelling on the subway I thought that it was an amazing idea but as I started reading the book I wasn’t sure how it would fit, but it soon all makes sense and it was a journey full of so many unexpected things. This is the kind of book that I want to gush over but can’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil the experience, but it was so funny and also very enlightening. There are some really big topics dealt with in this book, such as grief and mental health, but it never leaves you feeling heavy, there is always a little dose of humour injected.
I loved Daisy, she is spontaneous and witty, even at the start of the book when she is selfish and self-destructive there is something in her that I could relate to. It was great going on the journey with her and seeing the change as she gets the chance to see parts of her life from a different perspective, but I loved that she was still a bit cheeky and outrageous even at the end. Even though Daisy is the star of this particular show I really enjoyed some of the other characters in the book, they were all surprising in their own way, some more than others, I feel like Daisy met her match in a few of them too.
If you haven’t read Daisy On The Outer Line yet then you really need to, I highly recommend it, I absolutely loved it and I’m sure you will too.