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Night Beach

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  766 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
Imagine there is someone you like so much that just thinking about them leaves you desperate and reckless. You crave them in a way that's not rational, not right, and you're becoming somebody you don't recognise, and certainly don't respect, but you don't even care. And this person you like is unattainable. Except for one thing... He lives downstairs.

Abbie has three obsess
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Paperback, 314 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Penguin Books Australia
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Kat Kennedy
My first inclination upon finishing Night Beach is to flood my review with several happy, dancing gifs.
excited girl
Yeah, that will do.

That would be a helluva lot easier than trying to express why and how I loved this book so much.

However, allow me to give you some very valid reasons to read this book:

1. Eagar is an extremely promising Australian author.
2. This book is blurbed by Melina Marchetta for a reason.
3. I told you to.

Not everyone is going to completely get Night Beach.  Eagar's style is both raw and
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Emily May
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2012

Uh oh. Don't hate me.

It is probably for the best that I am too much of a coward and a lightweight to start experimenting with drugs, I tried weed once and began spacing out after two puffs. However, I've listened to enough lengthy descriptions about friends' experiences to feel qualified to compare Night Beach to a trip on magic mushrooms. I'd recommend this book to fans of This is Shyness, however I'd liken the latter to being on acid instead. Both novels were extremely bizarre and focused on
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Reynje
But there the night is close, and there
Darkness is cold and strange and bare;
And the secret deeps are whisperless;
... and music is
The exquisite knocking of the blood...”


- The Fish, Rupert Brooke (1911)

Night Beach is an intense, evocative novel that explores the shadowy recesses and dark corners of the mind that birth, feed and foster art and obsession. It’s an unsettling story, delving into unchartered spaces of the consciousness, a story that balances precariously between the real and the unr
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
There aren’t that many real Maja books out there, books that hit the very center of my soul, that make me dizzy with admiration and excitement. And as it turns out, I love heavily atmospheric books. If you’d asked me yesterday, I would have vehemently denied it. Sure, some of my favorite books fit the description (The Scorpio Races, The Space Between), but I always thought of them as exceptions rather than a rule. What I realized with Night Beach is that the way these books make me feel
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Catie
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Night Beach is not a neat story. It’s tangled and confusing, maybe even heavy-handed. Kirsty Eagar’s ideas for this book were clearly very ambitious, but I’m not sure that they ever completely crystallized into a distinct picture. However, what really elevated this book for me was a sort of fearless display of emotion. That same emotional honesty that she showed me in Raw Blue was here and this time I felt like it was even more exposed, even more visceral. In the end she left me wondering if the ...more
Shirley Marr
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: aussie-ya
Dear Penguin Australia, thank you for giving me a chance to read Night Beach, I am very grateful. I am not in this to Win Famous Friends or Unintentionally Make Famous Enemies. I just like to read and then tell people what I think. I don't fawn unless it is genuine. I don't criticise unless the book forces me to be passionate and want the author to do better. So please find enclosed my review. Yours, Shirley Marr.

From the onset I wanted to love this book. I wanted to love Kirsty's first book, Ra
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Melina Marchetta
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to blurb this by Penguin so this is my quote:

"There are images in this novel that take my breath away, dialogue that I envy and one of the most achingly real protagonists I've come across in a long while. A powerful story about yearning and fear and finding the beauty in the spaces between."

Arielle Walker
Oh, this book frustrated me. The writing (the physical, lyrical arrangement of words on the page, that is) was absolutely beautiful. I wish I could give it 5 stars just for the writing. It was dark and sultry and evocative and I wanted to keep reading for longer, regardless of story. But the actual plot - well, was there even a plot?

There was a supernatural thing, an (evil?) being that was hinted at the whole time, and then something weird would happen, but I was never sure how, or why, or even
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Heather
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
There is no good way to say what I have to say about Night Beach so I’m just going to spit it out. If pretentiousness had a name, it would be Night Beach. It is a shame. There was so much potential here.

To give credit, where credit is due, the blurb was outstanding, and the first half of the book… well it kind of rocked. Abbie’s freaky stalker ways made my skin crawl, and frankly, had Eager simply explored the insanity that was Abbie’s obsession with the ass that lives downstairs, I have no dou
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Jo
I’m not a jealous person.
Well, OK, that’s a blatant lie.
I can be waiting at the bus stop and find at least five people I am jealous of. Because, seriously, how does her hair stay so nice when it is chucking it down? I’m wearing a hood and I have my brolly up and I’m huddling a little close to this chav in hope that his bulk shelters me from the rain and I still look like I’ve been dragged backwards through a hedge.


Um…


I am not a jealous person but I am jealous of Kirsty Eagar and her writing.


T
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Carla
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aussie-ya
I could quite happily drown in Kirsty Eagar’s words. Let them slide down my throat and seep into my lungs. I would let them steal my breath and claim my oxygen for their own. And you know why? Because that’s how this book made me feel; like I couldn’t quite catch my breath, couldn’t gulp enough oxygen into my lungs because I was overflowing, spilling over, gushing with love for the power with which she wields her words.

Night Beach is one of the most evocatively beautiful novels I have ever had t
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Jasprit
May 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: out-2012, read-in-2012, ya
Night Beach was a book with so much potential but just fell way short for me, having previously devoured Eagar’s Raw Blue, I went into Night Beach with really high expectations. From Raw Blue I knew Eagar had the knack for creating a raw, achy and intense read, from just reading one of her books I knew Eagar was an author who could leave such a lasting impression that I would be thinking about her book for days afterwards. Her writing flowed effortlessly; it was magnetic, poignant and could easi ...more
Amanda
Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar is set in Sydney, Kirsty fictionalised the North Narrabeen and the surrounding suburbs to suit her story. Abbie is seventeen and lives at home with her mum and step-dad. Her step-cousin, Kane, has been overseas on a surf trip but returns home early. Abbie has been obsessed with him since he moved into the room below their house. Both of them surf but Kane never even acknowledges her until the day he returns home. While they're out on the water, an incident occurs betw ...more
Keertana
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aussie, why-the-hype
Rating: 2.5 Stars

I read this book with Jasprit from The Reader's Den for a read-along and honestly, if it hadn't been for the fact that I had to read three chapters every day, I would have given up on this one a looooong time ago. Night Beach is, in many ways, the perfect October read. It opens up with an interesting premise and there are more than a few hair-raising events within the first couple of chapters to keep your attention and leave you hanging on the edge of your seat but unfortunatel
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Taneika
Why hello thar! Nice to be writing a review again :) You see, lately my time has been spent writing essays on things such as causes of action in order to sue somebody with and public relations scandals!
I HAVE been attempting to write this review for the past few days but my internet is being incredibly frustrating and RANDOMLY STOPS WORKING and shuts down my browser. So yeah, I've been a little bit annoyed! BUT YAYYYYYY! HERE IS A REVIEW AGAIN!

Now... about the book!

Abbie is a girl who loves to s
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Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
Ultimately, he's never been within reach. That's the key to why I'm so caught up on him—I know that. I'm obsessed. And what feeds an obsession is not getting what you want. But my real problem is, I like being obsessed. It leaves me hollowed out and hungry, makes everything more intense. It's painful, yes. And frustrating. But it sure as hell makes me feel alive.


I don't know what I just read. I didn't love it and wouldn't read it again, but it was interesting.
Devyani
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A gothic story about the very dark things that feed the creative process.

uh huh .
You Said It .

Night Beach is one of those books which are so hard to explain and write about . My attempt to write a review here is going to be a definite failure but let's just give it a try , shall we ?
I'm kinda dumbstruck here . Sure i knew that i would in some or the other way 'like' the book because when you look at this book and peak into it's summary , there's something about it that just oozes of originali
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Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
Kane. Always Kane.
I cant really write a review about this without giving some away so if you would like to continue then go ahead and read at your own risk. :p It's more of characters review anyway.

This book started really good for me, but as I began to know Abbie deeper, the more I disliked her, well except her fondness for the poor dog. OK, I don't know if it was Abbie who's creepy or the scenes but I guess its both. Don't get me wrong, I like reading unusual, strange, creepy, and weird storie
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Wendy Darling
I am creeped out, but conflicted. 3.5 stars, I think? This needs some consideration.
Limonessa
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it
It would have been 4 stars if it weren't for that ending.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Oh,wow. Night Beach was super creepy,freaky,spooky... Whatever you want to call it.

Even though I didn't like Raw Blue this book blew my mind away.
Bree T
Abbie spends her time between creating art and the surf. Passionate about both, she draws inspiration from one for the other, but now her third passion has arrived back in town. Kane is Abbie’s step-cousin and he’s returned from a surfing trip overseas to drum up interest from big sponsors. He rents a room downstairs in Abbie’s mother and her husband’s rambling house and Abbie suffers from the kind of obsession that has her following Kane, watching him, listening out for him, peeking through his ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Raw Blue was one of my favourite novels of 2011 so I have been looking forward to the release of Kirsty Eagars third book, Night Beach. Combining the gritty emotional realism of Raw Blue and the supernatural element of Saltwater Vampires, Night Beach is a stunning novel, at its core it is a coming of age story but it is so much more than that. With breathtaking imagery, this atmospheric novel reveals what remains unseen.

In Night beach, Eager introduces seventeen year old Abigail who lives with h
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Lauren K
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I read some amazing reviews for Night Beach by Australian author Kirsty Eager, from fellow Aussie bloggers Bree , Shelleyrae and Mandee . So I downloaded a copy from Netgalley and added it to my Kindle to take overseas with me. By the time I started to read the ebook on my flight to India, I had completely forgotten what the story was going to be about, other than it being a YA novel.

Night Beach was a completely unexpected experience, I had no idea what was going to happen next and I wa
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jesse
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aussie-nz, own
1.75/5

sure sense of mood and tone, the actual storyline left me rather indifferent to any of the characters. confusing mess of a book. unintelligible slang and fairly heavy use of symbolism. should probably read it again.

by bill henson
epic waves

>> bree t.
ALPHAreader
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cover-love
Abbie feels abandoned in her own hometown. Her older sister, Anna, has moved away for University, leaving Abbie stranded with her distant mother and meticulous stepfather. Abbie’s real father is starting a new family with his pregnant girlfriend, wiping the slate clean, or so it seems. Abbie has also distanced herself from school friends, and been abandoned by her best friend Petey in favour of her new boyfriend, Jake.

But all of these cut ties and drifting friendships are nothing compared to los
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Jana
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-and-creatures
If there hadn't been for Goodreads I would have never known about all these books. I remember when I started researching this site back in summer 2009 I seriously thought that I was going mental since there were so many which I still hadn't read and so many which were on my list. With time I'll manage as I sincerely think that I still need to read around 500, 600 of them to have the things in my head that I want to have. That is if I learn how to cope with the things I am interested in. Which is ...more
 Mandy - Lace Vintage ♥
"This is what I love about life. The UP. You can be completely down & out one moment, and in the next you feel like you're flying, for no reason at all"

Night Beach is simply a breath taking novel! Kristy Eagar writes with such raw passion & heart breaking reality.. ..her characters are fleshed out with raw & fragile human emotions & it's impossible to dislike any of them.


"It's that part of him, whatever it is that means he can do that, which has infected me. It would be easy
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Tien
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book got me hooked by page 2. After the initial long description of the opening scene, I liked Abbie straight away from her encounter with the dog. What can I say, I luurrrvee dogs! Here’s my darling (sorry, can’t help myself)

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Getting back to the book, even though I’m not a surfie, I love the beach and I can straightaway tell from the descriptions of the beach, the surf, etc, that Abbie is a fanatic. Yes, she surfs everyday (literally!). We were also told straightaway that Abbie is Arty fart
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Rayne
Okay...What the hell?

The writing: fantastic. The mystery behind the novel: interesting. The horror: cool. The protagonist: realistic, complicated, layered and, honestly, a little bit screwed up in the head. The plot? Well, that's where this novel lost me a bit.

I won't talk about how much of an unworthy jackass Kane was, because if there was one thing I loved about this novel is that it is not about the romance and the point is certainly not to romanticize the beloved but rather to show him as h
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Aussie YA Reading...: Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar 10 50 Feb 13, 2012 07:42AM  
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Kirsty Eagar grew up on a central Queensland cattle property and spent her school holidays at the beach. After studying economics, she worked on trading desks in Sydney and London before changing careers, wanting a life where she could surf every day. She travelled around Australia for a couple of years, worked a variety of jobs and began writing fiction. Her debut novel, Raw Blue, was published b ...more
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