Set in a 'kiss me quick' seaside town, Scratby Orgasm (named after the dodgy imaginary cocktail) is a light-hearted love story about what happens when relationships go wrong, and how they can go even wronger when you don't try to put things right. Vegan parents, unsuitable boyfriends and interesting aircraft all conspire to make Emmi Smith's Easter break at her parent's holiday home unforgettable. More
On her final Easter break from university, Emmi retreats to her adopted parents’ holiday home on the east coast, supposedly to revise, but in reality to escape her rapidly disintegrating relationship with long-term boyfriend Henry. There she meets exciting, no-hoper Adam, who pursues her with a passion that Henry lacks, and makes her feel happier about herself again. She is spoilt for choice between Adam and Henry. But she slowly discovers that Adam is not only unreliable, but living with someone and has children. Despite the fact that Emmi is still living with Henry, she feels that let down and unfairly treated by Adam, and initially is pleased when Henry comes in his car to take her home.
It seems like the whole drama has been played out, unseen, under her mother’s nose, as the parents appear more interested in pursuing their own interests than in the emotional wellbeing of their daughter. But when Henry reappears, and Emmi realises the things that were wrong with their relationship before she went away are still looming large, and has a crisis of confidence. It is then that her mother steps in, and saves the day by pointing out to Emmi that her only option is not to choose between the two boys – she can choose nobody if she wants.
The story ends with Emmi deciding to assert her independence from Henry, Adam and her parents by taking the train back to university on her own, in order to complete her final exams with renewed energy and confidence.