Fanny Fun is a gorgeous novel filled with laughter, sparkle and, as the title suggests, lots of intimate fun! From the very beginning it is clear that this is going to be one of those rare books that will leave you smiling long after you’ve turned the final page. The feel-good vibes are there in the unobtrusive prose, the sensual details and the happy-go-lucky characters.
This book is definitely a rollercoaster of emotions. Although the writing style can sometimes be a little repetitive, it is well-suited to the genre and contributes to the overarching theme of enduring love. The sex scenes are very well written and contribute to the overall success of the novel.
Fanny Fun is a book about exploration and finding yourself in a chaotic world. The central storylines are illuminated through a series of flashbacks that slot effortlessly into the narrative. These side stories serve to flesh out the characters and add details, insights and fresh perspectives to their present day interactions. The chapter involving Charlie’s backstory, for example, was my favourite by far. Cassol discusses gender identity in sensitive and moving way, and as a result I found this chapter quite emotionally affecting. One thing that emerges prominently from this novel is the importance of loving yourself for who you are, a message I found very uplifting.
My favourite storyline overall was the one involving Pippa and Jackie. Their tale of an instant love connection and the challenges they faced along the way instantly grabbed my attention. Pippa’s work in the field of marine biology added a new register to the novel, which heightened its overall complexity and complemented the romantic side of things. Their storyline wasn’t the only one I loved following, however – I enjoyed the way in which all of the storylines seemed to spark off of each other, creating a web of connections that only becomes clear as you progress through the book. Discovering how all of the plotlines interact is one of the pleasures of this novel, as is the realisation that love is the central theme in all of the storylines, the connecting thread that binds us all together.
Cassol’s many strengths include vivid characterisation. As a reader, I felt like I was getting to know the characters more and more with every page. This process of becoming acquainted with the characters felt a bit like getting to know a new friend. Rather than bursting fully formed from Page One, Cassol’s cast of characters grow and develop organically. One of the joys of this novel is learning more about them as they learn about themselves – a shared journey of discovery.
All in all, this is a fantastic book with lots of emotional ups and downs. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to have a bit of fun and enjoy an uplifting and entertaining read!