Tallulah and Annabelle become best friends on the first day they meet in grade seven. Inseparable right through high school, just when they are on the threshold of graduation and striking out in the world Annabelle does the unthinkable and steals Tallulah's boyfriend. Tallulah is devastated and can see no future for herself now that Annabelle is living the life she had planned for herself.
While Tallulah gets on with her life, Annabelle's betrayal is always with her, subtly holding her back from living life to the full. It is only through meeting and working for the outspoken and irreverent Duncan McAllister that Tallulah finally "finds" herself. Although his complicated family situation is unconventional and his inability to remain monogamous a major problem in his life, it is through Duncan that Tallulah learns what real friendship is.
Walking on Trampolines brought many childhood memories to the fore - nuns and catholic education, the overwhelming desire to fit in and the angst that home problems (however minor) can create in the life of a teenager. Neither Annabelle or Talllulah has a perfect family life but the author manages to balance out the serious subject matter of depression and infidelity with a light-hearted tone that keeps the story upbeat.
Walking on Trampolines is a multi-faceted story embracing the themes of friendship, family (and all its complexities), betrayal and most of all love and acceptance. The characters are wonderfully three dimensional, yet not cliched and the setting quintessentially Australian. It was a story that hooked me early and kept me entertained right until the end.