This is an excellent memoir: amusing, moving, well-written, engaging. It's an adult book, so be prepared for some earthy language and plain speaking.This is an excellent memoir: amusing, moving, well-written, engaging. It's an adult book, so be prepared for some earthy language and plain speaking. Magda's investigation of what it is that drives her, where she gets her funny streak from, and how her family and school life shaped her makes for interesting reading. A top book....more
This is a great book. I like it a lot, as it reminds me of my childhood, which we spent adventuring to the hills around Dargo, an island in the middleThis is a great book. I like it a lot, as it reminds me of my childhood, which we spent adventuring to the hills around Dargo, an island in the middle of Bass Strait, camping at Port Campbell, Cape Patterson, Cumberland River and Saltwater, and exploring the bush around my parents property, making 'egg and bacon sandwiches' using Eutaxia Myrtifolia, cutting our legs on the sword-grass, and mashing up the creek to make a mudslide (I'm not proud of that one - my dad was furious!). Uncle Egg is a lot like my Dad, full of knowledge about the flora and fauna, how the tides work and the rivers flow, how ecology makes our world work. Trace Balla's illustrations and observations remind me of my Mum, her ability to really see the world around her and to create a beautiful representation of it. How many families would take a week to explore a single river? Probably not many these days, but as Clancy discovers, taking time to slow down and SEE the world can be a rewarding experience. There is so much detail in the illustrations that the book will stand multiple readings. Highly recommended for readers of all ages. ...more
3 1/2 stars I loved Beatle Meets Destiny, but The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and His Ex didn't resonate the same way with me. More of a farce than a real3 1/2 stars I loved Beatle Meets Destiny, but The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and His Ex didn't resonate the same way with me. More of a farce than a really humorous book, I felt that the story was walking a fine line between young adult and new adult - and kept sliding off. There are some really tense OMG moments, and the romance between the teens is well-handled. But the adults gave me the pip, and I felt they intruded on the 'real' story. Scheming, immoral and unsympathetic for the most part. The plot was tricky, with many threads to be collected together at the end, and perhaps this contributed to the lack of cohesion. My advice is to not take my word for it - read it yourself and see what you think....more
Jacklin/ Jack is on the cusp of adulthood. At seventeen she still has a foot in both camps. Desperate to be independent, she is also incredibly naive,Jacklin/ Jack is on the cusp of adulthood. At seventeen she still has a foot in both camps. Desperate to be independent, she is also incredibly naive, and desperately searching for love - in all the wrong places. Set in the fictional yet familiar town of Mobius, Jack's claustrophobic life begins to unravel. She has been stuck in a rut since she left school and home, unable to move beyond the world of her work at the Bent Bowl Spoon roadhouse, her lust for aloof Luke, and the hero-worship of her older sister, Trudy. Jack is finding it hard to make any decision that doesn't hurt either herself or others, and although she can see the train wrecks coming, she seems to be powerless to stop herself and the hurt she leaves in her wake.
I really enjoyed Inbetween Days, evidenced by my finishing it in a day. All of the main characters are multi-dimensional: flawed, endearing, infuriating, and loveable. Some of the minor characters are a bit sketchy - Roly is your typical jilted friend and Jack's dad is probably the weakest of the main players - but no-one is really out of place; each has a part to play. This is a polished effort, exploring big themes with an authentic teenage voice.
A coming-of-age novel that REALLY speaks to that theme, in my opinion, Vikki's best yet. Highly recommended....more
Alice has been twelve for a long time, ever since it happened. Alice lives with her younger/older brother, Joey, her dog, Bear, and Gram on the floodpAlice has been twelve for a long time, ever since it happened. Alice lives with her younger/older brother, Joey, her dog, Bear, and Gram on the floodplain at Bridgewater. Their lives are hard, the town thinks them to be poor and worthless, but Alice and Bear and Joey and Gram and Papa (who's in prison) are family. The family Nightingale. Alice can't go to school. Her words jumble between her head and her mouth, but they spill out on onto the page in short poems that express what Alice can't say out loud.
school is loud too many people joey brings me books teaches me things looks after me.
People think Alice is 'slow' but she is whip smart. She sees the town and the people. She knows how some of them are. What some of them are. When she sees Manny, with french-knots in his hair, Alice knows he is different. Special. But she also knows that no-one will ever notice her. No-one will ever really see her.
This is a quietly moving book, full of Millard trademark wordsmithery and thoughtful observations. Her descriptions of the world that Alice moves in are, quite literally, poetic.
i sank low on the pebbled riverbed and watched my words metamorphose into pure and perfect bubbles saw them rise and ride the current down-streaming, imagined them floating to the ocean to canada and april, didn't know or care if i was un-fifteen-like i was alice-like.
I've taken a star for the lack of capital letters. The number of times I had to re-read a sentence or paragraph because the cues, and consequently the meaning, were lost was frustrating. Understanding the motivation behind it (yes, I felt like Alice, yes, I understood her frustrations) didn't make it any more enjoyable to read. The beauty of the prose was lost in translation. It was not until about two-thirds of the way through that it started to become less noticeable, but by then I found that there were many things from the start of the story that had been obscured as a result of this design decision. This is still a recommended read for me. I was genuinely moved by all the people, from Alice and Manny, to Gram and Papa, and Joey and Tilda - and kind Louisa James is that sort of side character that reveals most about the heart of the story. Glenda Millard is the queen of this gentle, deep and thoughtful storytelling. Long may she write....more
Will Kostakis keeps getting better and better. His latest, The Sidekicks, subtly and carefully navigates the world of teenage boys on the cusp of adulWill Kostakis keeps getting better and better. His latest, The Sidekicks, subtly and carefully navigates the world of teenage boys on the cusp of adulthood. Ryan, Harley and Miles seemingly have only one thing in common - Isaac - and when he dies, their fragile relationships teeter on the edge of oblivion. Can a swimmer, a bad boy and a nerd really be friends? I love this quote from Will about The Sidekicks - "It’s mostly a book about the fear of closets, and why teenagers in real life have to stay in the closet." If you want to hear more about The Sidekicks from Will, check out this link, Will's Blog, and in the meantime, get yourself to a library or bookstore and buy this terrific book....more
This is a well known story in Australia, mostly because of the coverage given by the media to Sam Johnson's unicycle journey around Australia. The gutThis is a well known story in Australia, mostly because of the coverage given by the media to Sam Johnson's unicycle journey around Australia. The guts of this story belong to Connie, though. Her journey through three cancer diagnoses, marriage, family and fundraising is uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time. Beware the swears - Sam's got a gob on him - but that's also part of the charm of this story, that two so different family members have supported each other through child- and adulthood, and through thick and thin - can work together to create a successful and nationwide movement. "Don't fall into the body trap" is the motto of the Love Your Sister campaign. So don't! :D ...more