How to Be Me
Lucas’s Dad has not spoken about Lucas’s mother’s death. While Lucas grieves, his father works hard and enrols Lucas in activities, and he’s cared for by au pairs. Vanessa is Lucas’ soon to be stepmother. At the engagement party, Lucas evades the celebration, where he’s expected to demonstrate his piano prowess and seeks sanctuary with his cats.
Mowgli and Tiger were gifts from his mother. Lucas recalls his mother tracing his fingers beneath hers as they played the piano keys together. Now, despite his abilities, his favourite piano playing time is creating his own tunes as he works out his days and imaginings, improvising on the grand piano in the ballroom.
Yet that space is invaded by Keely and Robbie after Lucas lets it slip its presence in a drama club game. While Lucas avoids her, he is also curious. It’s not long before he becomes involved in her family, with the family’s baking business, realising how families bustle and jostle, mess and spill, while loving and appreciating each other always.
Is it possible that Keely’s family and then the drama club also, might offer Lucas a way to discover How to Be Me? Then, how does that rest with Lucas’s father and his expectations of him? How is it possible for Lucas to reach his father?
Bookwagon loves the books of Cath Howe and is delighted to welcome this heartwarming, sympathetic and enlightened title to the fold.
How to Be Me