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The Comet Box by Adrian Stirling
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Jul 24, 11

bookshelves: ya-lit-fic
Read in July, 2011

Memories can almost make us travel through time. We can be standing in a room, driving our car, sending an email and suddenly a smell or a thought will send us back to the moment where we are five years old. For me it was the cover of The Comet Box that sent me shooting straight back to my childhood. The light blue fading into dark blue with the over developed pink rooftops on the houses below transported me from my loungeroom to a brick pathway winding under grape laden archways. I was on the way down to our laundry (a separate little room disconnected from our house) and I was wearing white cotton shorts and a t-shirt. On my head sat my favourite cap – the visor was a vivid blue see through plastic and looking through it the world was the same colour blue that graces the cover of Adrian Stirling’s book.

It isn’t just the cover of The Comet Box that gave me a sense of nostalgia. Stirling captures the lifestyle of suburban families in Australia in the 80′s so vividly that it is impossible not to stray down memory lane whilst reading. Andrew might be surrounded by the changing lifestyles of families in the 80′s, but his experiences are universal. He is growing up, trying to impress girls and not get in too much trouble with his teacher. Andrew’s one wish is that his runaway sister will return.

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