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Something in the World Called Love

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It's true, there's something in the world called love. Esma felt it when she moved into the house with the blue stairs. There was Kara beside her, and Simon below with his room that looked out to the road - two roads actually so you had a choice as you were leaving or arriving, which way to take. But anyway, Esma at the beginning saw only one way...

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Paperback, 186 pages
Published 2008 by Penguin Australia
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Shirley Marr
I'm a girl that quite fancies "whimsy", which is precisely why my toenails are currently painted pale champagne pink. Something in the World Called Love though, might be so whimsical that without any true gravitas or darkness to weigh it down, it runs the risk of floating away… right over my head and my memory. Right over its literary merit and message. Into the whimsical land of handmade blueberry jams tied with cloth bows and girls with bangs... Of No Return.

Here is a simple test of whether th
Feb 27, 2015 MaryG2E rated it really liked it
Something in the World Called Love won the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, and I was intrigued to read it because the author lives at Phillip Island, which is a total cultural desert IMHO. (I only survived there 18 months myself, and was deeply relieved to escape its utter dreariness in late 2014.)

The story concerns the evolution of Esma, a young woman just starting life at university after leaving her dysfunctional family and dull home town. She joins a stu
May 22, 2012 Mima rated it did not like it
Going into this book, I had already read Alaska, so I knew what I was getting into...or at least I thought I did. I'm not sure how this is even possible, but it was even worse than I thought it would be. Disappointed.
Kylie W
Dec 28, 2009 Kylie W rated it liked it
This was a gentle easy read that evoked for me those early years at university when you're feeling your way in the world and trying to work out who you are and who you believe in. It also had the added advantage that it's set in Melbourne and was therefore deliciously familiar.
Apr 18, 2014 Sophie rated it it was amazing
really good book. I really recommend it to everyone
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Jan 10, 2012 Diane Simonelli rated it really liked it
I love this book. The vulnerability and sensibility of the girl who changes with winter's wind is exquisitely wrought.
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Jun 14, 2011 Millie Summers rated it liked it
I loved the metaphors and similes but it seriously was just a fairy tale. I think the author was trying too hard to make it poetic. Sorry Sue.
Aug 02, 2011 Kimberley rated it liked it
It was a good book. Confusing at some parts. But I couldn't handle that it had no capital letters anywhere!
May 22, 2011 Caitlin rated it liked it
It took me almost half the book to get into this but eventually I cam on board and I quite liked it. Very gentle and subtle.
Couldn't finish it........... couldn't even get into it. Only read the first few chapters :(
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I grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne, first in an outer suburb with the skeletons of new houses and paddocks of thistles, unmade roads and secret caves by the Maribyrnong River. Later, when I was a teenager, we moved to Footscray which was not yet fashionable and seemed to me to be full of asphalt and traffic and hotels filled with old men. I spent a lot of time yearning to go back to my ...more
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