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Outside In

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  100 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The cool group at school is not as luminous as it seems. Sure they appear to have it all, but there are problems lurking just below the surface. Beautiful Jordan is struggling to cope because of her newly divorced parents, Meredith covers her past by playing the clown, Cecilia hides her feelings and a shameful secret, Sam is growing up, and Jack is caught off-guard when he ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Hardie Grant Egmont (first published August 2009)
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Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
Sep 20, 2011 Kai (Amaterasu Reads) rated it really liked it
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"From the outside looking in."

I think at one point in our lives that short sentence applies to us. I move a lot, and more often than not I find myself starting over and over again to find new friends and just try to be part of a group, which is never easy. Chrissie Keighery's novel discusses that and more, because more often than not, people like to see what's on the outside, but how about what happens on the inside? Now we get to know it all through the eyes of
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Rebecca Sparkes
Feb 08, 2012 Rebecca Sparkes rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved outside in. I got through my copy (sent and personalised by Chrissie Keighery) in less than three hours. It was so amasing and helped me understand some things.
It taught me that your not the only one with problems and the world isn't the same for everybody. It's made me open my eyes to the problems my friends have.
The world looks so different now. I now pay attention to my friends and family's every tick and twitch. Make sure I pay attention to the small details and think of e
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Gigi S.
I really tried to like this but it was slow and didn't really hit home hard enough. Also, the kids were meant to be 16 (around this, as It was implied or how I thought it was implied) but then they were dealing with 11-12 year old issues, in the most part. And if they WERE meant to be 11-12, well then, they really needed to all get over themselves. Dealing with 'love' as a middle school freshman? Yeah, sure.

I just didn't find it realistic enough and the impact wasn't felt. I think the author doe
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Good Golly Miss Holly
May 30, 2010 Good Golly Miss Holly rated it did not like it
I made myself push through to the first 100 pages but I just really wasn't feeling it for this book. It's basically about a group of schools friends who look perfect from the outside but when you take a closer look, ie Outside In, you'll see that they are all struggling through major teen issues.

I'm not even really sure what it was that I disliked about this book, but I just found myself zoning out and not really paying attention to the story line or the characters. I guess it wasn't captivatin
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Jasmin
Jul 15, 2012 Jasmin rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love it. I had seen some raving reviews and it sounded like the kind of book I could really appreciate.

However it didn't quite turn out like I wanted it to.

The beginning of the story seemed promising, predictable and cliched, but easy and pleasant.
Its written from multiple perspectives, which can be brilliant when done well. Although in the case of "Outside In" in my opinion it jumped between characters so fast it didn't seem to have enough time to build upon the characters a
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Tina
Dec 12, 2010 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-swap
See full review here.

Outside In is a short and beautiful novella about finding where you belong in the tumultuous, confusing complexity that is teenage life. I read it in one sitting and was stunned by the truth that emanated from this powerful story.

This story describes the friendship dynamics between the "luminous" group at the narrator's school. The narrator is a new girl at the school, never identified until the end, who feels like she is always on the outside, the fringes of society, lookin
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Steph Bowe
Oct 15, 2009 Steph Bowe rated it really liked it
Outside In is a series of interrelated short stories centring on a group of friends, though it reads as a novel. Each chapter is about a different person in the group, and the things which they’re dealing with as well as how they feel about each other. It reflects well how different the way in which people see you is to the way you see yourself, as well as being a teenager and finding out who you are.

Outside In was a quick and easy read, but it was also written really well – beautiful in its si
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Anastasiya
So basically I liked it. A book with real teens with real problems.

HEADS UP: This book is more of a character study and social commentary, because nothing much happens in here.
It's basically a slice of life. Some issues are raised and explored, rather tactfully I think.
It's coming of age and growing up and changing and adapting and becoming your own self. It's about life.

The character break down:
Jordan, popular girl - her chapter made me so sad, I ached for her.
Lee, average - she annoyed me, di
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Larissa
Oct 31, 2010 Larissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
From the shadows she watches them from the outside looking in. She watches without being watched, they are popular and good looking and to them she is invisible. From this view, from the outside looking in they all seem perfect, their lives are perfect.

From the inside the view is different. On the inside everyone is dealing with their own personal problems and while some are more serious then others everyone suffers the same. Everyone is hiding on the inside, afraid of being hurt, afraid of bein
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Sam Whitehouse
Aug 12, 2016 Sam Whitehouse rated it liked it
I've had this book for the longest time, since school, probably, and can't believe I didn't read it back then. Apparently this weekend I am picking books that scream out at the girl I was in high school. It's a very surreal thing to feel.

I really enjoyed this book, but 15/16 year old me would have enjoyed it more.
Ella
Jun 17, 2014 Ella rated it really liked it
Loved this book!
I enjoyed the way it was written and the simplicity of it.
It was able to convey emotions without going to far into them, which is what i live it a book!
It is a little fast paced, but i like fast paced novels.
Fantastic book! Awesome about going into the world and such ! Read it heaps of times and never get bored!!
Lauren
On the verge of scoring a 4 star review. It's just a shame that there wasn't very much OoMPH in it (a.k.a. Options of More Plot Height).


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