I picked this up at a second-hand book sale for free, so I practically expected it to be total rubbish (why else would they give it out for free?). I did find, however, that this wasn't really my type of book, but not too bad. It wasn't good, it didn't shine with brilliance, but it was okay.Hannah and Joey have been best friends for ever. Joey's parents love rescuing things and making them beautiful - their house is full of things made from driftwood, old glass and shells from the beach. Which is why the scraggy kittens the girls find in a bin at school end up living there.
Driftwood is, as far as I can tell, aimed at preteens, and talks about issues like bullying, friends, and having your best friend fall in love with your brother ._. The story is a little repetitive at times and a little too predictable. Paul's antics do get old, as do Joey's, so the book can get boring.
I also didn't get why Joey fell in love with Kit (and vice versa). Joey doesn't seem like the sort of character who would ditch a friend for a boyfriend, no matter how much she likes him. Either way, she doesn't seem like the sort of character who would fall in love at twelve. Their relationship was a bit forced and unrealistic.
Now the good. The book shows individuality in a very positive light, and the writing flows well. It's simple, easy to get hooked into, but the ending was a little too perfect. Everything just sort of fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, if you get what I mean. I loved the kittens, but I didn't quite get what they had to do with the storyline.
Keeping in mind that Driftwood is targeted at a completely different age group, I give it two stars. Like I said, it was okay, but I got pretty bored by the end.