Sam Jordison of the Guardian praised Kavanagh for a “voice capable of acute insight and moments of sharp hilarity”. Describing a particularly poignant episode for young narrator Yasmin, Jordison stated that “Kavanagh expertly brings out the pathos… [of] that teenage feeling where such social interactions are all-consuming, burning, mortifying.”
The first time I saw you, you were standing at the far end of the playing field. You were looking down at your brown straggly dog, but then you looked up, your mouth going slack as your eyes clocked her. Alice Taylor. I was no different. I used to catch myself gazing at the back of her head in class, at her silky fair hair swaying between her shoulder blades.
If you’d glanced just once across the field you’d have seen me standing in the middle on my own, looking straight at you, and you’d have gone back through the trees to the path quick, tugging your dog after you. You’d have known you’d given yourself away, even if only to me.
But you didn’t. You only had eyes for Alice.
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08 Sep 2015