Some have imaginary friends; others, inner bullies. Thelma’s friend is called “the Coach“. He rules her daily life, telling her to count calories and imposing an iron discipline. Subjected to his law, the high school student exhausts those around her and flirts with the abyss. But with the support of her friend Violette, a way out emerges: from the marathon or the seduction of her sports teacher, which unreasonable project will be able to pull her out of the Coach’s clutches?
Combative and lucid, fragile and ironic, Thelma tries to find her way among adults who are as disoriented as their younger siblings.
The trajectory of the young girl collides with her family, and the novel plunges us into the hazards of married life, the passions of teenage friendships, the paradoxes of siblings... With empathy, accuracy and irresistible humour, Caroline Bouffault signs with Thelma an intergenerational dramatic comedy, which is also a moving and sunny first novel.