Murder, jealousy, first love, guilt, betrayal, they are all here in this urgently written coming of age story, set on a Cornish coast as rugged as the giant-sized emotions swirling around it. Lonely 14-year-old Simon can hardly believe his luck when he starts a sexual relationship with beautiful Leah, two years his senior. Unfazed by breaking both the law and a taboo that has lasted for years in teenage novels but now seems to have reached its sell-by date, Simon has other problems as his own barely controlled aggression finally gets the better of him. Green is a good writer: engaged, perceptive and original. This is one of her most powerful novels yet.