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Desolate Beauty

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At Seventeen, Elisabeth Hunter has more than enough to worry about in surviving her unstable mother, her final year of school and some unsettling dreams without Jill Waters deciding to be her friend as well. Jill, always cheerful, is determined to find the real Elisabeth behind the stubborn front, while Elisabeth is trying to make decisions about her family, beliefs and ...more
Paperback, first, 215 pages
Published 2009 by Ark House
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Laura Manning
Aug 05, 2016 Laura Manning rated it it was amazing
I was recently invited to read this novel to gauge my thoughts as an English teacher and I have to say it exceeded my expectations. This is the sort of novel I wish every teenager had the opportunity to read. It covers the trivial teenage dramas to the intense, life-changing, coming-of-age challenges. Elizabeth is a strong and complex character and testament to the fact that almost all teenagers who are difficult/rebellious have a good reason for it. In Elizabeth's case, this is because of the ...more
Emily Kelly
May 23, 2014 Emily Kelly rated it really liked it
I actually read this for the first time years ago, but I re-read it again recently and loved it just as much. I can't believe this is the author's first novel and that she started it so young as it really is a great book. The characters are interesting and real, and the story, particularly towards the end, is really compelling. I also loved that it's unashamedly Australian and doesn't hide from raw emotions. I'm not religious but it I didn't mind reading how Elizabeth's spirituality influenced ...more
Jane
May 27, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Trudy Adams - loved the scenery, internal tension of the main character and the unexpected turns. Also loved the theme of fire throughout the book - Eliza's fiery temper, fire as a destructive force, as a cleanser, Judy's 'burn out' and so on.
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Trudy Adams is a published author of teenage novels and a youth worker. She writes regular blogs about a range of issues affecting young people, including self-esteem, stress, anger, and day-to-day issues that can be challenging for anyone!

Born in January 1987 in the Hunter Valley (Singleton, NSW), Trudy has always been passionate about the power of words and stories. She began what would become
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