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Walking on Trampolines

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,147 ratings  ·  389 reviews
Praised as “a tender exploration of friendship, families, and first love” (Liane Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret), this coming-of-age novel from bestselling author Frances Whiting is equal parts heartwarming, accessible, and thought provoking.

“Tallulah de Longland,” she said slowly, letting all the Ls in my name loll about lazily in her
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Gallery Books (first published October 1st 2013)
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Frances Whiting Hello and thanks for your interest Wendy. I'm currently writing my second novel and its about double lives....I have a Facebook author page too, Franc…moreHello and thanks for your interest Wendy. I'm currently writing my second novel and its about double lives....I have a Facebook author page too, Frances Whiting Author, if you are interested. Thanks again for your lovely comments PS Duncan was my favourite!(less)
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Elyse  Walters
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Update... This book was just brought to my attention- and I 'had' to smile...
Esil... I bet you remember this book too?/!....
It was really enjoyable -- perfect for spring and summer coming up -- It starts out like a chick light --or silly --but as you get deeper into the story - it gets much more interesting. I never understood why this book wasn't more popular. Maybe it is in Australia. I'd love to read this author again!

Completely deeply enjoyable reading!

The story is constantly evolving in c
Dee Montoya
*****5 Lovely Stars*****

(Arc kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

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I've been lucky enough to find myself getting lost in the words of a beautiful written novel, where even though the story is indeed simple and about mundane things we all go through in life, every word feels like a dear friend hugging you when you are in need of a loving embrace the most; that is what Walking On Trampolines felt like to me...

This is a coming of age story about two best f
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgally. Walking on Trampolines is a lovely book. It is very much a familiar book of domestic fiction about family, friends and relationships but it is particularly well done. The writing is very good. Some of the characters are very interesting and sympathetic despite their flaws -- the main character Lulu's mother and boss in particular. And the evolution of Lulu's character -- although predictable -- is very engaging. I must admi ...more

I was delightfully surprised by how much I enjoyed this, especially considering I'd gone into this blind & just picked it off the library shelf because of the cover (😳). My favorite thing about WALKING ON TRAMPOLINES was the quirkiness of the novel, which in turn just makes me desperate for more Aussie contemps! Whiting does an awesome job of making each character 3-D- (& can we talk about how lovely Duncan is?) all the while penning a pose that layers each scene perfectly in your mind.

Tegan Ballinger
This book could be so much better. A lot of the author's writing is very descriptive and in a style that could hook you into the story, and it seemed like it was going to be a great read. However, although beginning with the scene on the wedding night at first seemed clever and sparked your interest, as the story developed I thought it was a pity we already knew what was going to happen there. I felt the story began to fall apart after Lulu left school - there was no explanation of the sudden tu ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walking on Trampolines is a truly fabulous debut, from an Australian writer, Frances Whiting, wonderfully written and characters that come to life. This novel was a pleasure to read and is a real winner! This novel is a coming of age story in part, about the joys and sorrows of friendship, first love and family. It is sure to stir up old memories and feelings from your past.

Annabelle Andrews and Tallulah de Longland were the best of friends from the day they met in Grade Seven. For the next six
3.5 stars. The teenage friendship of Lulu and Annabelle is at first your typical girl stuff. They make up their own words--some clever, some distracting. They call their parents by their first names. They have a tree house. Then Lulu acquires a boyfriend, and she and Josh do everything together before letting Annabelle into their folds, and with that comes Trouble. Of course Annabelle gets the guy; that's in Chapter 1, as is the fact that Lulu sleeps with him on the night of his marriage to Anna ...more
Carol Brill
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A must read if, like me, you devour contemporary relationship stories. This one has every conceivable relationship--conventional and unconventional best friends Annabelle and Gordon, first love Josh, true love, mother/daughter, father/daughter, caring big sister. Mix in a wedding day betrayal, depression, cancer, and plenty of hope and in my world you have a page turner.
Well written with transparent language that finds the sweet spot where it is quietly poetic without calling attention to itself
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5. This is why I read. To find characters like these. Oh Duncan-crude, outlandish, big-hearted, Duncan. Read this book if only to meet him.

Duncan: 'So who cares? Who cares where Annabel and Josh have been, climbing the Andes and sailing the Amalfi coast on some bloody boat. Anyone can get on a boat Lulu, you just buy a ticket. There're thousands of us out there flailing about in the ocean but there's not many of you. You're the one standing on the shore and shining the light, guiding us all i
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this as an ARC from Net Galley and this is one of THE BEST books I've read in the past year. Wonderfully comfortable & quirky characters make this story pull you in. There are many themes throughout that will resonate with you in some way, female friendship, mental illness, first love, family relationships, and work relationships. I was crying for the last 20-30 pages, because I was so wrapped up in the lives of Tallalulah de Longland, Annabelle Andrews, and all the others. We have al ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Tallulah de Longland and Annabelle Andrews were the best of friends from the day they met at St Rita's in Grade Seven. For the next six years they were inseparable, finding in each other an ally against Sister Scholastica, The Piranha Sisters and the eccentricities of their respective families. And then on the day of their high school graduation, Lulu discovers Annabelle in the arms of Joshua Keaton, and her future lays in tatters.

In part a coming of age tale, Walking on Trampolines is a delight
This was a good effort for a debut novelist. Parts of it annoyed me a little in the beginning - with the young Annabelle and Tallulah - especially the combined words that were the trademark of the 2 girls’ friendship - words like “starvenous” (starving and ravenous), “astoundazing” (astounding and amazing), “disgustellent” (disgusting and repellent) - and I could go on, but I won’t. I didn’t like Annabelle very much who seemed quite manipulative. I also didn’t like Tallulah’s boyfriend who seeme ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this one. It grabbed me from the beginning, but it felt like somewhere it turned from one story into another. The main conflict just 'petered' out and went onto the back burner. Still good characters and an overall enjoyable read. ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Tallulah ‘Lulu’ de Longland meets Annabelle Andrews when the girls are 12-years-old. It will end up being the first day of an intense, tumultuous and ultimately life-altering friendship that sees Lulu become an honorary fixture of the infamous Andrews-family clan of artists. Annabelle’s grandfather was so famous that he got his head on a stamp when he died. Her grandmother was well-documented in the Australian tabloids as his put-upon wife who kept taking the skirt-chasing scoundrel back. Annabe ...more
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
It’s been quite a few weeks since I read this book and one of the things that struck me is how, when I pulled it out to prepare this review, just the beautiful cover brought it all back - for me, it evokes a sense of freedom and ridding yourself of all your shackles!

The story opens with Lulu having just done something inconceivable and out of character for her, but as we continue reading, and she takes us on a nostalgic journey through her childhood to adulthood, we become privy to all the event
Dec 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wish I liked this book ... unfortunately, it was just not for me. Something was really off about this novel - I think perhaps it was the great beginning and the lackluster build up to the conclusion. WALKING ON TRAMPOLINES by Frances Whiting just wasn't doing it for me. Boo!

RELEASE DATE: October 2013

PUBLISHER: MacMillan Australia

DISCLAIMER: Novel was sent via NetGallery in exchange for a honest review.

SYNOPSIS: Tallulah de Longland,' she said slowly, letting all the Ls in my name loll
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a GREAT book!! I loved reading this one!! I loved the characters and found myself wanting to sit right down with them at Roses's table and just mingle with them. Sit back, enjoy some wine and just converse. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

A book about friendships, growing up, families (related and not related), first loves, and true loves. The author did such a great job, I know she had a good time writing this book. You can just tell by the characters, spending all that much time w
Kylie Kaden
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After seven years in the making, Frances Whiting, our favourite Brissy columnist, has released her first novel, Walking on Trampolines.

And it’s a keeper.

She’s Australia’s Marian Keyes – both of whom write stories rich with characters you want to take home, and have you laughing and crying (often on the same page).

I had the pleasure of meeting Frances at her book launch and was not surprised when she was as delightful in real life as she is on the page.

Although not officially set in Brisbane, ele
Heather L
Meh. This book lacked substance. And I didn't really enjoy reading it except for a few charming parts with one supporting character, Duncan, despite him being written as not the most like-able guy. I pretty much just finished it in hopes there was something significant that would happen....again: Meh. The title was also a little off for me -- no mention of anything pertaining to figuratively "walking" on trampolines or any anecdotes to indicate as such. The main character, Lulu, was written with ...more
Liz Young
I really wanted to love this book but I was always left wanting more and feeling short changed of something while I was reading it. I instantly disliked Annabelle and her way of making up her own words which I found too distracting throughout the novel even though it was a plot point.

Maybe I was hoping for more substance and depth considering some of the subject matter. Instead I felt it was a nice chick-lit but not much more.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I read this last week when I was off the grid and home with my family, and already forgot I read it. It's not a ... bad read. Just not all that memorable. Friendship between girls, boy comes between them, they grow up, boy remains between them... I did like the Australian setting that comes through in tiny details and a few lingo uses, and the way it moves back and forth in time. A light read, which is what I needed. ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Walking on Trampolines was quite a story. Lulu's interesting life journey certainly lived up to the name. Sure it had it's far from perfect moments, but I still liked the delivery of how strong and valued a friendship could be, as well as how something that happened in your teen years can impact your adult years.

The opening chapter brought forth a shocker, with a best friend's betrayal. But once I got into the story it became clear that Lulu--even though she was drunk and that still didn't just
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh where to begin…Tallulah and Annabelle became fast friends from the day Annabelle comes into town. The daughter of parents who are larger than life she lives life to the fullest, and Tallulah who takes care of her brothers when her mom goes in and out of depression sees Annabelle as the end all and be all of everything. So when Annabelle steals and runs off with Lulu’s first love she is crushed by the betrayal and never fully recovers. Fast forward a few years and Lulu is still at the same pla ...more
Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Did I like this book?

This is weird, but I really don't know! I'm feeling quite conflicted with this book. When I finished reading, my first thought was, "What was the point in that?" And honestly, for me there wasn't much of one. Basically this is a walk in Tallulah's shoes through most of her young life. We get glimpses into her mother's mental instability and a close up look at her friendships w
The Rainbow Zebra
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to The Rainbow Zebra by: xoxoAfterDark
This incredibly lyrical saga of love won and lost, coming off age, mental illness and betrayal stays with me still. It is beautiful and heart breaking, a snapshot from everyday life, yet it captivated me for the entire book. Though set in Australia, there is a worldliness that embraces us all. Time passes, rewinds, but binds us all in the end, perhaps not a perfect HEA, but enough that we feel deliciously sated.

Annabelle, strong willed and determined, takes introvert Tallulah under her wing, and
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts & opinions.

This is one of those books that you think will just be a quick escape, but ends up being a beautiful story with endearing characters that you think about after you close the final pages. This coming-of-age story follows the friendship between two teen girls and then the consequences of them both falling for the same guy, which destroys their friendship. Thankfully, it was just so much more than that and really built
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Best book ever ever ever

Did I just say that?
Avid Reader
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow. What a pleasant surprise for my first read of the New Year. This is a story of friendship, first love, loss, and heartache. It was a beautiful story and when I finished, I could not help to compare the writing style to my favorite author, Wally Lamb. It was a story of everyday normal life, but it is told in a grand, multilayered, epic fashion. There are many small stories being told throughout that come full circle in the end. I love this, as it makes all the small, seemingly unimportant th ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-and-galleys
I received an ARC of this novel courtesy of the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This review in its entirety was originally posted at

Walking on Trampolines was an interesting read, following Lulu de Longland over the course of her teenage years and early adulthood. For a while it does leave the reader wondering where the story is headed if it wasn’t for the opening sequence and the chronological order that the novel follows
Cocktails and Books
4.5 Cocktails

This "review" will basically be a love letter to Frances Whiting. I just loved Walking on Trampolines. Whiting's writing is witty and thoughtful. I have not enjoyed a coming-of-age story like this since She's Come Undone (one of my all-time favorites).

While the friendship of Lulu and Annabelle from young girls into adulthood is an intergral part of this book, Whiting managed to seamlessly weave other storylines in as well. The entire book is full of complex relationships and interac
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