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Goodbye Jamie Boyd

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
"Schizophrenia. Helicopter Man first demonstrated this, and Goodbye Jamie Boyd continues to do so, and whether mental illness inspires Fensham in some way because of the inherent internal conflict to be found there, or whether her research for Helicopter Man has prompted her to explore the theme for older readers is beside the point. The fact is that she does it very well, ...more
88 pages
Published 2008 by University of Queensland Press
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Saskia Largent
Mar 24, 2010 Saskia Largent rated it really liked it
This novel was very different to most that I have read in many ways, and despite this I still found myself amazed at every word of it.
I first picked it up during a double period of English speeches that we were doing in the library. I’d already done my speech and was getting pretty bored, so I picked up this book of the ‘new books’ stand that was next to me and started reading. It took me under an hour to read, but it was well worth it.

The book is written in verse, which is something you don’t s
Megan Bailey
Apr 08, 2009 Megan Bailey rated it liked it
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YA verse novel about schizophrenia, first person, by the author of "Helicopter Man". Some moments - particularly in the descriptions of the character's family dealing with her illness - were quite beautiful and made me almost teary. But resolution just came way too easy. The final line is "it's all fine". Which it isn't.
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This verse novel for teens comes from the perspective of a young girl who discovers that she has a mental illness. Lightly and deftly written this is a very insightful look at a young girl coping her discovery that the brother who has been such a huge player in her life is not as he seems.
Jul 11, 2014 Tegan rated it it was amazing
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In the first few pages I thought I wasn't going to like this book, but decided to stick it out because it was only short, and I'm really glad I did.
Kerri Jones
Jul 30, 2015 Kerri Jones rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely divine little book. Written in verse from Anna's perspective it covers a range of topics; none of which I can talk about because you need to pick this book up without knowing much about it to get the best out of it. It's only 88 pages of 'verse' so even less writing in it than a novel.
Oct 29, 2013 Demi rated it liked it
This book was good and intriguing for an 80 something paged book but I wasn't much of a fan of the ending. Good short book though
Jan 29, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
An insightful look into mental illness told in verse.
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Elizabeth Fensham is an Australian writer and school teacher. She grew up in Sydney and now lives in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges. Her first novel, Helicopter Man, won the Australian Children's Book Council's Book of the Year for Younger Readers in 2006. Miss McAllister's Ghost achieved a CBCA Notable Award in 2009. Her third novel, Goodbye Jamie Boyd, which deals with the sensitive issue of a teen ...more
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