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One Long Thread

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  62 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
I had moths in my chest. A thousand of them drumming with their insistent wings, thumping inside my heart. It was the feeling of something struggling to get out, to fly free . . . Love is like that.

When divorce rips Ruby Moon's family apart and tragedy traps her twin, Sally, in a cocoon from which she might never escape, Ruby learns that love is never simple.

A beautiful an
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Paperback, 244 pages
Published February 22nd 2012 by Penguin Books Australia (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jo
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a Young Adult book set in Tonga.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a Young Adult book that discusses the production of silk.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a Young Adult book where I’ve rooted for a girl to get with a boy in… this situation.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a Young Adult book which is so open to discussing (and discussing well) controversial
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Mands
One Long Thread by Belinda Jeffrey is set in Melbourne, Darwin and Tonga. Ruby Moon is thirteen and lives in Melbourne with her twin sister, Sally, and their parents. The book opens with a story about Ruby's grandmother, Pearl, and how when she became pregnant as a teenager and was forced to leave home. She later gave birth to Ruby's mother and supported her on on her own. Ruby's mother, Jan, no longer seems to have much contact with her own mother and her childhood has shaped the way she views ...more
Maggie
Sep 25, 2012 Maggie marked it as to-read
Recommended to Maggie by: Mands
North Americans: This ebook is available in the Kobo store! Not only is it way cheaper than Fishpond, I got it for 30% off using this coupon code: win_g7om1n1 Grand total: $6.57

Lint
Jun 23, 2012 Lint rated it it was ok
There are spoilers.

There's a girl.

*And I can't be bothered doing this review.*

This girl has a twin sister.

*I actually want a twin sister.*

And they have parents.

*Wow. Parents.*

These parents argue.

*I'm pretty sure everyone's parents argue.*

They argue over the mum's religion.

*Not much of a religion, more of a cult.*

They divorce.

*I'm getting hungry now.*

Mum takes one twin, dad keeps the other.

*I feel a migraine coming up.*

Ruby, main character, stays with dad. The other, I forgot her name, leaves wit
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Helen Stower
They say the three most stressful situations you can face in life are death, divorce and moving house. This contemporary Australian novel is about a family that faces all three.
I loved Brown skin blue, an earlier novel of Belinda Jeffrey’s for its accurate portrayal of characters and evocation of place. Having grown up in North Queensland, I felt the characters could have been people I knew from childhood. For this reason, I was excited to begin reading One Long Thread which does have some conn
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Liza
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Antoinette Buchanan
Oct 02, 2015 Antoinette Buchanan rated it liked it
Shelves: aww2015
For someone who doesn't read YA, this is the second for the year.

In my defence, I picked this up in a damaged book sale at the State Library of Queensland and didn't interrogate it much at the time.

I bought it because it was on sale, had a textiles premise and I was in a buying mood.

I enjoyed the first third but it was not as gripping as it went on. When it should have been.

The textile/silk metaphor gets a bit tortured and the metaphor is not the only thing that is laboured. I know we are talk
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Renae
Jul 05, 2014 Renae rated it liked it
This book is a 3 1/2 star. I liked the book, but there were alot of times that when I turned the page I had to flick back to check that I hadnt missed pages. But I guess thats due to it being written like someone telling a story, sometimes they do jump abit.
Being a twin can be hard. Ruby and Sally are identical twins...but looks are the only thing that is the same about them. Sally is into boys and dressing up, Ruby is happy to make the clothes and watch her model them...even if it is just in th
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Sarah
Jun 21, 2012 Sarah marked it as to-read
Recommended to Sarah by: Mands
Recommended by both Mandee and Jo, it's got to be good.
Watermelon Daisy
Aug 31, 2012 Watermelon Daisy rated it it was ok
One Long Thread is a story starting off excellent, but was poorly substituted throughout the rest.

I remember reading through the first two-thirds of the book, knowing this was a definite 4-stars. The main character had a passion for designing clothes (a very unusual hobby in literature these days), the aspect of parents divorcing was pulled off in a realistic way (enough to make me care), and the twin sister Ruby never knew (but is the other half of her).

Beautifully written, I knew this would be
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Steph Bowe
Jul 27, 2015 Steph Bowe rated it really liked it
The publisher's blurb sums this up very succinctly: When divorce rips Ruby Moon's family apart and tragedy traps her twin, Sally, in a cocoon from which she might never escape, Ruby learns that love is never simple. A beautifully written and very much character-driven story. My favourite scenes involved Ruby's grandmother, Pearl, who is my absolute favourite character - she lives in Tonga and makes silk and is very relaxed about everything. The opening chapter of the novel (which I so wish was s ...more
Kate Forsyth
Aug 30, 2012 Kate Forsyth rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful, moving coming-of-age novel, refreshingly original and beautifully written. It tells the story of Ruby Moon, whose family has been split in half by her parents’ divorce. The mother moves to Darwin to join what can only be described as a cult, and takes Ruby’s twin sister with her. This seems to me so insensitive, so cruel … and, sure enough, the fallout from that decision has tragic consequences. The action of the book moves from Melbourne to Darwin to Tonga – the sections se ...more
Jen
Nov 16, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenage, australian
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Claudia
Mar 26, 2016 Claudia rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
One word....WOW! It is an amazing book, that brings the light on Melbourne, Darwin & surprisingly Tonga. This book got me back into sewing again. It shows the true meaning with divorce, marriage, sisterhood and boys. I would recommend this book to anyone!
H.
Apr 14, 2016 H. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens and Young Adults
I think this book was very good and incredibly entertaining. I would recommend this to any one who likes teen fiction or similar genres. This coming of age story was incredibly enthralling. I enjoyed this story a lot.
Kay
Sep 23, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it
Loved this book. The story is interwoven throughout the book and the characters portrayed are realistic. I found myself reviewing my life's journey. I would highly recommend this book.
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“I was thinking how complicated life is and how there are no simple roads or paths. We are a fabric of mistakes and hurts; a family tree of fumbled attempts, successes and failures.” 30 likes
“It was tragic how life had sucked her down to the bones, all her spontaneity her laughter and freedom had vanished. I knew then that I didn't ever want to be like that. Whatever happened, life was something too precious to give up on so easily.” 12 likes
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