I'll Tell You Mine
Everything about her – from her hair to her clothes – screams different and the girls at her school give her a wide berth. How can Kate be herself, really herself, when she's hiding her big secret? The one that landed her in boarding school in the first place. She's buried it down deep bu ...more
Then I saw her profile pic. Years ago, there used to be a young girl err... I used to know (lets call her… Shirley Zarr) who used to religiously read a
Okay, so the trashbag from the paragraph above is actually me a ...more
And because Pip Harry is Australian – instead of being lauded as brilliant and fantasmazeballs, she just gets put in that neat little category of Great Australian Writers like Melina Marchetta, Kirsty Eagar, Markus Zusak, Garth Nix, Shirley Marr, Lucy Christopher and Laura Buzo. I’m sure at least a couple of them aren’t really Australian but we h ...more
I feel like I’m being repetitive, but there’s no other way to put it… If I had to choose one genre to take me through the rest of my reading career, I’d have to say it would definitely be Australian YA Contemporary. There’s a realism and charm that seems to constantly resonate through these books, where I find myself immersed in the story and reluctant to let go ...more
As per its glowing blurb, I ll Tell You Mine contains three of Melina Marchetta’s favourite ingredients: ”boarding school, great characters and a lot of heart.” If that hasn’t sold you on it, Pip Harry’s debut also contains: family secrets, goth rock and sweaty farm boys from Wagga.
No, seriously. Enough with the chiselled jaws and broody eyes. What YA needs is more guys in KingGees.
As the synopsis states, Kate Elliot is harbouring a secret, one that has resulted in her being packed of ...more
Kate is not pleased with the situation and she's even more unhappy once she finds out ...more
This is just another in a long line of incidences that make Kate stand out like a sore thumb. She also dr ...more
I started off not liking Kate much. She's a typical rebellious teenager - she dresses Goth, does nothing but argu ...more
I found myself liking Kate a lot more as the book went on (at the beginning she was a lot for me to take in. I am not normally drawn to darker/more edgy work, or girls acting out. But this book was so much more than that -- and I really felt Ha ...more
I loved that Kate was so real and vulnerable, a believable mix of rebellion, uncertainty and guilt.
I loved the family dysfunction, particularly the simmering anger between Kate and her mother - and the underlying sense that there's enough love in this family to get beyond the hurt and tension.
I wanted to find out what it was that was so bad Kate was sent to boarding school, and I wanted her to face up to the consequences. I also wanted to see which new friendships stu ...more
I really liked the book from the get-go. In some ways, Kate reminded me of my teenage self, in others, she was totally different, but she was a character I could identify with. This line really struck me as describing my sense of difference. 'I was lonely and homesick- the new girl who d ...more
Kate Elliot is a girl who found her identity when she allowed her friend Annie to give her a makeover. Despite her mother’s blatant disapproval over her new gothic look, Kate won’t falter from dressing this way. While nothing ever seems to please her career-driven politician mother, Kate’s behavior and an unknown mishap (the mystery is unraveled throughout the book) eventually lead her to boarding school. She is no longer welcome in her own home and ...more
Even though she’s attended the school since year 7, Kate hasn’t made many friends and she doesn’t know much about the boarding aspect. She’s horrified when th ...more
Boarding schools. They have captured my imagination ever since, aged seven, I was heartbroken to be told by my mum that I couldn't go to St Clare's because it didn't exist.
Part of me likes to think that somewhere in the Bernese Oberland the Chalet School is going strong, still churning out trilingual girls who become teachers and then marry doctors. And that on the Cornish coast, Rebecca Mason is still practising her tennis while the other girls learn to surf ...more
Pip's writing style is reminiscent in many ways of John Marsden, mostly in the realism of her characters, the settings and the plot. This is one of those Aussie YA books that doesn't hide the fact that it's Australian, and I love that.
The main character, Kate, has a well defined voice which makes her instantly relatable. My only issue with Kate, and the book as a whole, is that I cannot understand the reasoning behind making her a " ...more
I really liked I'll Tell You Mine a lot. Set in a boarding school in Australia, this book follows the story of Kate Elliot. She's a teenage girl who gets kicked out of her parents house and sent to live at the school during the middle of the year. She faces the challenges you would imagine this situation creates. She befriends one of her roommates, ...more
I love Harry’s effortlessly enjoyable writing style. That, combined with relatable characters means I was hooked from the first page. Just like with Head of the Ri ...more
In Pip Harry’s first novel ‘I’ll Tell You Mine”, the troubled Kate Elliot finds herself forced into boarding school after an untold disastrous event seems to ruin her already fragile relation ...more
The story revolves around Kate, a teenage goth who’s a little, shall we say, authority-challenged. It doesn’t help that her mum is a super-busy, often-absent politician without much time for her family – including Kate’s laidback dad and he ...more
One of the main aspects which kept me reading this book was wanting to know Kate's secret and what she did. As I was nearing the end, I was beginning to think that I was never going to find out what she did. I loved how Maddy and Kate sort of just c ...more
Kate is full of anger and attitude. But her sassy manner, direct language and brash exterior hide a fifteen year old girl desperately trying to work out how to navigate life a ...more
This is a great story of teenage angst. Kate has been so caught up in being anything other than normal that she has lost herself in the process. Kate's biggest problem is trying to relate to her mother. She never seems to have time ...more
'I'll Tell You Mine' was very well written and I found it refreshing to read a story that was realistic and really told a story that accurately reflected the lives of teenage girls. There were so many things that I could absolutely re ...more
Something to complement 'Looking for Aibrandi', and 'The story of Tom Brennan' in school libraries and reading lists.
This book had great characters and a excellent plot. I guess I found myself liking it alot because I could relate to some of it. Also the mystery, it made me want to know what had happened.
Pip Harry is a new-to-me author and I didn't regret reading her debut. Like most other Aussie YAs I've read, this book had a really strong sense of place, and I found her take on modern boarding schools and female friendships refreshing. I was less won over by Kate's Big Secret (I'LL TELL YOU MINE is what I term as an "issue" YA book) and the obligatory romance, but overall a good and absorbing read
The book was nice, but it could have been so much more if the author decided she wanted to further into Kate's feelings. One of the things I did love though, was there were stereotypes but they weren't fixed or permanent, the characters were much deeper and they had actual problems and lives out of the sight of the main character.
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