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Penny is aschoolgirl investigative journalist in search of a story.A boy at her school who is painfully love-shy is surely the perfect subject for a feature article—what could go wrong?

Penny Drummond aspires to be a prize-winningjournalist. In the meantime, she's honing her skills on the East Glendale Secondary College Gazette. When she discovers a boy at her school is pos
Paperback, 309 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Allen & Unwin
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Shirley Marr
The endorsements on the back of this novel should have actually gone like this:

"Chock full of sass" - Leanne Hall

"Penny Drummond is smart and funny, vulnerable and fierce" - Melina Marchetta

"Lili Wilkinson OMFG bloody marry me!!!" - Shirley Marr

Verdict: Shirley Marr is definitely not love-shy.

I'm never going to be sick of saying this, so I'm going to say it again. "Too many points of views" is a literary gripe most people are familiar and passionate about, but for me "Use of first-person point o
Expectations (aka Judging a Book By Its Cover)

Looking at Love-shy now, all cute and snuggled up on the shelf next to A Pocketful of Eyes, I don’t think it’s that difficult to see how my misconceptions of this book might have been birthed.

Like its predecessor, Love-shy is a burst of colour, unapologetically eye-catching. There’s a girl on the cover that looks like she just stepped off a tram on Swanston Street. A terrarium. A silhouetted figure, the sole muted spot in a sea of brightness. It’s c
Apr 09, 2012 Maggie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maggie by: Mands
Reading an author, who all your friends have already read, for the first time is like going on a blind date. You already kind of go in with an impression because you've heard how funny or charming so-and-so is, and "I swear, you'll love him!" There's also some trepidation because what if you don't like this person all your friends love? Maybe it really is you.*

Lili Wilkinson is an author whose name I've heard from many people, mostly due to her book Pink. I always meant to read that book, but it
I have to start by saying that I love, love, loved this book! I was hooked from the very beginning when we're introduced to the narrator of this story, Penny Drummond, a sixteen year old student at East Glendale Secondary College. Penny is a top student, co-captain of year ten, she writes for the gazette and usually gets the front page story, she plays oboe in the orchestra, she's a super swimmer, she's the best debater and has never lost a debate. She plans on becoming a journalist and she look ...more
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Once again, Lili Wilkinson has managed to take me by surprise. When I first read a Wilkinson novel, A Pocketful of Eyes, I didn't expect the depth I would receive with a book that had such a cutsie-type cover and yet again, I am utterly floored by Wilkinson. With her latest novel, Love-Shy, Wilkinson delivers not a romance, but a blooming friendship. Love-Shy, in my opinion at least, isn't as strong a novel as A Pocketful of Eyes. I found myself wishing this novel would just be
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The girl kind of looks like how I imagined Penny. I don't really understand what that bowl looking glass with the stones inside of it is but it's a creative and fun-looking cover!


I am Pezzimist and I am a love-shy.

Penny is trying to figure out who Pezzimist is. She is a journalist student and wants to write an article about this guy (of course it's going to be Anonymous). Pezzimist is a love-shy. It means that he f
This book did NOT unfold as I expected it to. Although the cover is accurate (and I only realized how fitting it was after I finished it), it completely misled me into believing this was going to be a light, straightforward, cutesy little YA romance between a girl out to fix everyone and a shy but intelligent boy.

It wasn't. And I was pleasantly surprised by it.

In Love-shy, Penny Drummond is an overachiever, who dreams of becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Her first step? To write the
Good Golly Miss Holly
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I usually find myself ranting and raving about Aussie YA but while Love-Shy was an enjoyable read, it also left me slightly listless. It may have had something to do with my lack of compassion for our protag, Penny Drummond. This young girl came across as being overzealous with zero friends and all her time spent on extra-curricular activities. I often found myself picturing her as not unlike Paris Gellar from Gilmore Girls who also happens to sport the book smarts yet lacks majorly
3.5 stars

Aw... I really liked the voice in this one even though it was a bit younger than I usually like reading. I'm surprised this hasn't been published in the US, it is very universally relatable and not as specifically Australian as some of the other Aussie YA I've read.
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Usually, I hate waking up because in general, I feel dirty because I just wasted so much of my time. But today, I took a seeping-to-the-bone cold shower and then went to bed immediately and now, I am extremely content. And when I'm content, I have a tendency to warble nonsensical-itites like, "Pochoo-meglu-pee" which I did soon as I woke up. I also did something along those lines when I finished reading Love-shy.

The book is about a girl and a PEZZImist and their blooming relationship and how no
Fully realized characters whose stories go in a totally unexpected direction; it’s not the eighty movies odd one out meets girl/boy of his/her dreams, subjected to make over, then tada: love thing I thought it was going to be about (though it could have been.) And because of that, I enjoyed this all the more mainly. That as well as of my predisposition to liking a girl who knows her mind and stands apart from the rest...except my liking Penny was sorely tested by certain quirks.

And so, the high
Sarah Rawrpunx
Penny möchte eine berühmte Journalistin sein, eine, die mit spannenden Storys auftrumpfen kann. Leider waren bis jetzt nur lauwarme Artikel dabei, nichts was einem lange in Gedanken bleibt. Als sie zufällig in der Schulbibliothek auf eine Internetseite über Liebesschüchterne Jungs stößt, kommt ihr ein Gedankenblitz - sie findet heraus wer dieser Junge an ihrer Schule ist und bringt den Artikel groß raus. Tja, leichter gesagt als getan, denn sie muss nun erstmal alle Jungs an ihrer Schule intervi ...more
Pam Saunders
It's hard to be a teenager, even for Penny who thinks she has life worked out. I found I smiled a lot whilst reading Love-shy; it was not laugh out loud funny but sometimes teenagers think and do dumb/funny/quirky things and Lili captured this. Of course I wanted to frown and shake my head at Penny quite a few times during the book, she is just so bossy and of course always right, but by the end I would have been patting her on the back.
LCPL Teens
Penny is going to be a journalist-- the kind of journalist who reports on what matter-- like her idol, Nelly Bly. So when she stumbles upon a post on a forum for love-shy guys that was written by a boy from her class, she thinks she's found a story that could shed light on a relatively unknown issue and make a difference. But first, she has to figure out which boy is love-shy...

The cover and title are sure to capture the attention of romance-lover, but this is not a conventional romance, rather,
Alex Fairhill
The character of Penny hits you immediately: she's a no-nonsense, high-achieving 16-year-old set on a career as a Pulitzer-winning journalist. She knows what she wants, knows how to get it, and knows she's right about everything. Her journo's intuition leads her to what she imagines will be the jump-start to her reporting career: a profile on a fellow love-shy student who posts on a blog as PEZZimist.

The storyline is somewhat predictable as Penny interviews the boys at her school, however the hu
Renee Thomas
Lili Wilkinson honestly writes some of the most fun, most genuine, most realistic teen fiction I have read in a bloody long time.
Chent Higson
I love Lili Wilkinson's books, but this particular one just didn't do it for me and I think that that was mostly because the main character was annoying and self-centred. I just couldn't connect with her. At the end she got better but that was only in the last 20 pages or so and you didn't really have time to like the new Penny. I don't like the idea of 'love-shy', it feels like something else 'nice boys' come up with to excuse why they get put in the 'friend-zone' and all that bogus. This book ...more
Before picking up this treasure from the local library, I had heard many good things about Lili Wilkinson, in particular about her book 'Pink'. As expected, once I knew that she was the Aussie author to look out for (even better, she was born in my hometown! We have so much in common), I stopped at nothing to get my hands on one of her novels. Luckily, on a library visit last month I spotted Love-shy on a shelf and pounced on it. I have never been so happy about borrowing something.
This book was
I will begin by saying that I loved, loved, loved Lili's book Pocketful of Eyes published last year, so I was so excited at the prospect of what I hoped it be another funny and clever read. I was not disappointed.

Penny is a great character; intelligent, dedicated, focused, forthright and real. As a watcher of many tragic TV series, she reminded of the character Paris Geller from the show Gilmore Girls. The sort of character that spends so much time being busy, they have forgotten to take a breat
Steve lovell

Being a love-shy lad myself once upon a time, although neither to same chronic degree nor with the exact symptoms as this novel’s Nick, I related to him. As Ms Wilkinson suggests in her acknowledgements, I just needed a little confidence and that I eventually received from some beautiful young ladies along the way. But for Nick, his love-shyness was potentially life-shyness, and it would take somebody pretty special to lift him out of it and get his love-life underway. That special mentor was Pe
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Penny Drummond has just stumbled onto a priceless gem in her very own school library, one that could make her dream of being a renowned journalist a reality. When a mystery boy flees the scene of the crime without checking out his book, Penny's curiosity draws her to his computer screen…only to find the page stuck on According to Penny, a boy who's love shy likes classical music, citrus fruits, romantic (but not comedic) movies, h
Penny was sort of intimidating, more like a lot, and she seemed to have it all together with her various extracurricular activities from debate team to swimming, but really she was all by herself and didn't have any close friends. It took a love-shy classmate, Nick, for Penny to realize this and it was after everything came crashing done around her, at least she did eventually see the error of her ways. It was a decent coming of age story and Penny was somewhat entertaining. >_<
Ashley D--
Had me laughing out loud. Loved the charmingly annoying Penny, and even though a lot of the characters at first seemed rooted in stereotypes, most of them ended up being realistic and well-rounded enough to keep me reading.

Perhaps I shouldn't use the term "rooted" in a review for this book, since it is full of Australian slang. I loved that about it and the way it was done was really natural--not alienating for those who aren't familiar with Aus slang, and not over-the-top for those who are.

My o
Lauren Davis
This book was alright in some parts and I liked how it didn't give a definite ending so the reader could decide what happened.
It also wasn't the ending I expected, so that made it more life-like and relateable.
But the main female character was a bit annoying and so was the main male character so that was a bit off putting.
Maree Kimberley
Started off a bit slowly, and I found the main character Penny quite annoying and difficult to like for about the first half of the book. But it grew on me and by the end she'd won me over. Didn't enjoy it as much as Pocketful of Eyes but still a good read.
Watermelon Daisy
Love-Shy is a quirky and fun story.

The main character, Penny, is one of the best characters in YA. She knows exactly what she wants but lacks so many things. And even though she takes pride for her intelligence, she doesn’t notice how many other amazing qualities she has –like not judging homosexual people, since her father is one.

When you find out who’s “love-shy,” you will fall in love with that boy, even if he’s totally not your type –like me here. But there’s something appealing about a shy
Ayesha Ansari
This book was so nice and funny. i finished it in five hours and couldn't sleep at night because i wanted to keep reading. It made me laugh a lot and would recommend to anyone.
I am sad to report that this is the first Lili Wilkinson book that has let me down. I thought nothing could go wrong with a kickass heroine + journalism skills + search for love(-shy) but almost unsurprisingly, I thought wrong. Because right off from the first chapter, I forgot why I even picked out the book. The concept is much too contrived and I couldn’t get into – and neither buy – the protagonist’s obsession in finding the Love-Shy guy (although I knew, eventually, she was going to find lov ...more
Joyce Zhang
i read this in my free periods in the school library, and it was a decent no-thinking-required brain rest/time filler.
I'm still thinking about doing a full review of this, but my basic gripes were with Penny and her horrible attitude to the people around her, especially those she used for stories. As I said to someone when I was reading this, Penny reminded of Bones, but without the lovely cast of characters teaching her how to behave nicely. Yes, she learnt some lessons in the end, but I felt she still didn't fully comprehend the consequences of her actions.

Anyway, I desperately wanted to love this. Really, I
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Lili Wilkinson was born in Melbourne, Australia, in the front room where her parents still live. She is an only child, and loves it. She was first published when she was 12, in Voiceworks Magazine. After studying Creative Arts at Melbourne University, Lili was employed by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, where she manages, a highly acclaimed all-a ...more
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