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Measuring Up

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Jonah’s life has been like riding the perfect wave—the wonderfully simple routine of school, partying, and surfing with his friends. With the stress of his senior year looming, he realizes all of that is about to change. Rattled by the fear that he is destined to live in the shadow of his legendary older brother, Link, Jonah’s self-confidence begins to waver, along with hi...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. (first published 2010)
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I must say, whenever I saw this book sitting on my shelf, I would get excited. I was really looking forward to reading it and now that I have...well, you can tell by the rating.

For starters, Jonah was a whiney kid who only cared about sex and what others thought about him. And I'm a teen, and I admit, that DOES happen, but not EVERY single second of the day! AND I'm from Australia so yo...more
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I don't seemed like a lot of problems for one kid. I mean, he's not yet 18. He's worried about losing his virginity - or really how quickly he can get to losing it. His best friend is on drugs. His brother has just come out as gay. His girlfriend's mother is dying of cancer. He has pressure at home from his police seargent dad. How much can one kid handle? But, for an overloaded issues book, it was pretty engaging.....I do feel for the kid though!
I loved this book, i thought it was really funny and one of the most interesting books i have read. i felt like i could connect with some of the characters because it is a fairly modern book with teenage character. It is about a boy named Jonah, who is starting year 12. He has trouble with balancing school, family, surfing and friends.
This was a teenage novel that would connect with teens - surfing, year 12, girlfriend/boyfriend relationships, being gay - it really had it all. The main character is in year 12 - his brother has told him he is gay, he really wants to have sex, his friends are into drugs. Really well written.
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I read this when I should have been writing my essay. It was a great diversion. It wasn't too long. It's a book that attempts to portray a realistic YA male point of view, and I think the (female) author does an excellent job.
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G.J. (Gabrielle) Stroud is a primary school teacher who loves reading and writing fiction. She has been awarded two residencies at Varuna Writers’ House and contributes a regular column for her local paper. Measuring Up is her first YA novel. Gabbie lives by the sea with her baby Olivia, her husband Matthew and her loyal dog, Shirley.
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