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Out of This Place

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  496 ratings  ·  77 reviews
In verse, three teen voices sound. Beach bum Luke works shifts at the local supermarket, and avoids trouble at school. His mate Bongo gets wasted, blocks out memories of the little brother social services took away and avoids the stepdad who hits him. Casey, the girl they both love, dreams of escaping to a free new life.
Hardcover, U.S. edition, 416 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Candlewick Press (first published February 1st 2012)
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Emma These aren't separate books. Just the one with different narrators . Read from beginning to end and enjoy!

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Shirley Marr
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-ya
To be honest with you, I wasn't that keen to read Cinnamon Rain, a new Aussie YA title from debut author Emma Cameron. For starters, I found the title "Cinnamon Rain" perplexing as it doesn't really conjure up anything particularly visually and/or emotionally impressive (or even familiar) in terms of poetic vernacular for myself. Cinnamon Rain… what the heck… is that?

Secondly, the blurb describes it as about a boy trying to stay out of trouble at school. With a friend who has an abusive stepdad.
If I were to list all the issues that Cinnamon Rain touches upon, you could be forgiven for thinking this book is heavier than a box of hammers.

So I’m not going to, because it isn’t. And I think that it would be doing this book a great disservice, if it were to be passed over on basis of a misconception about its content. Because rather than being just another book about [insert topical teen issue here], Cinnamon Rain is one of the most insightful and hopeful young adult novels I’ve read this ye
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: verse

I have been “pal”-ing around with poetry ever since Shel Silverstein told me where the sidewalk ends. But novels told in verse? Well we bear a more complicated relationship. I ran shrieking in terror at first sight! Haha…With my head held high, heart hammering away—I dived into my first verse novel a little over a year ago though. I’ve been swooning, searching and craving for more ever since.

Out of This Place is a verse novel beauty! Stark raving beauty. Words and language at their best. Emma C
Cinnamon Rain by Emma Cameron is set in a small town in Australia. Luke, Bongo and Casey attend high school together. Luke and Bongo have been best mates since they were kids and Luke has been in love with Casey since she came to their school a few years earlier. While Luke, Bongo and some of their other school friends will hang out after school or on weekends, Casey never joins them. Luke learns that Casey's dad is mean and controlling and she is hardly ever allowed to leave the house. Bongo do ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think whenever I read a mediocre book I should just balance it out with an Australian young adult book. For real, I have no idea what they do in the land down under, but they sure do produce a hell of a lot of great reads. After reading a particularly terrible American contemporary book, I picked up Out Of This Place by Emma Cameron for a change of pace, as it’s told in verse instead of your typical prose. I loved that Out Of This Place wasn’t a parade of privilege, but instead a deep book abo ...more
{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}
It stings--
sulphur tears
in cinnamon rain.

Emma Cameron's Cinnamon Rain embodies the Trifecta of Awesome in my reading heart: a contemporary older YA, Novel in Verse, from Australia.

Fortunately, after a long (very, very long) wait for my order of this book from Fishpond, the Trifecta of Awesome didn't disappoint--Cinnamon Rain is one of my stand out reads of the year.

Cinnamon Rain interweaves the stories of three friends: Luke, Ca
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship

Because this book was in verse, I took the liberty of trudging along the road less traveled and write the review in verse as well. Hope you like it. Even if you don't, remeber it's my first try people!

And no, it's not a way to get out of writing a proper review. :)

Run Away
is what they
long for.
Long for,
like a blanket in the rain,
when you can't
catch up on
Out of this
Out of these
And run away.

No sense
to run away from
a life
no sense
and lust,
and food,
Joy (joyous reads)
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie
I am a fan of verse novels. Sometimes, I prefer sparse words over wordy novels. It doesn't take long for me to get into the meat of the story. In this case, three stories. Three friends on the cusp of adulthood, deciding how to live out their future. I mean, sure, it's not the most original jump off for a coming of age novel but each of their plight is not that easy to plan out.

This book tackled a whole slew of issues characteristic of the usual YA realistic fiction. Surprisingly enough, it didn
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Out of This Place, known and published originally as Cinnamon Rain in Australia is a novel I've been wanting to read for a long time. Whenever I'd saved enough money to indulge in an Aussie book, invariably, some other novel would rise up the list before this one and I'd tell myself that I'd buy it - next time. Thus, when it came up on NetGalley, like a starved child I lunged for it, fervently hoping I'd be accepted. You can imagine my surprise, though, when I opened it to find
Bill Condon
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so happy to be able to give Cinnamon Rain its first five star review. I hope there'll be many more. It deserves it. I read it to the very last drop, and enjoyed it all. It's rounded out so well. There were so many times in it that Emma Cameron perfectly nailed emotions. There was no clunkiness, no repetition, no purple prose. It's such a hard thing to put all that together, and make it seem so natural and effortless. I didn't get the feeling that there was a writer manipulating me; it felt ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-ya, prose-envy
Really enjoyed Emma Cameron's debut novel and looking forward to reading more of her books!
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I liked was not only the writing style in verse, the pacing but the three characters and what they're going through. A sad but really good read at the same time. Also that cover.
Sarah Marie
Out of This Place by Emma Cameron

Originally published under Cinnamon Rain

3.5 stars

Luke spends his days going to school, hanging out at the beach, and working at the supermarket. His friend Bongo gets wasted to block out the memories of the little brother he can no longer see and his addict mom and abusive stepdad. Casey is the girl that they both love. She longs to get away from her controlling father and be free. This is a verse novel and it’s been forever since I read a novel in verse. I forgo

Brandy Painter
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

I tend to like contemporary YA novels written by Australian authors so whenever an opportunity comes up to read a new one I will take it. Out of This Place by Emma Cameron is a beautifully written verse novel that originated in Australia under the title Cinnamon Rain. It is a good story and a powerful one that I enjoyed with some reservations.

I have said before that verse novels don't always work for me. I need to believe that it was th
Michelle Wrona

I love poetry. I really do. And poetry incorporated with YA novels are just magnificent, and utterly unique than the normal way we see literature. One of the reasons why I picked this book up was because, well, the poetry.

This book disappointed me. I expected something better and wiser and so touching that it could just break my delicate heart that often cracks in half when characters just make me cry. This book wasn't even close to that level. Contemporary, yes, but no intriguing.

This is a
Cass -  Words on Paper
Mmmmm....Cinnamon. ;P~~~

But to be serious, I like the look and sound of this. When I do pick up books with heavy content I do hope that the author doesn't hold back. Plus the cover has that vintage-y, dreamy look to it. It's all kind of confusing, but it's a good kind of confusing.

(Review to be posted on the blog in early February 2014.)


I don't think I have many thoughts on this book; it was a quick read (as it's a verse novel), focusing on three teenagers who each deal with their own demons
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galleys
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

Not so long ago I've heard of this book. It was Keertana's review and then I knew that this book was for me. First of it was written in verse and second it was by Aussie author (you may have heard of this book as Cinnamon Rain which is if you ask me one of the best titles ever). I can't even describe how happy I was once when I got approved at NetGalley.

It sounded like a mix from heaven. Somehow poetry is not really my thing but then YA stories written in v
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I very rarely read books in verse, so I wasn't completely sure what to expect with this one, but Out of This Place was a moving look at three Australian teenagers coming of age, often under very difficult circumstances.

The stories of Luke, Bongo, and Casey all overlap in some ways, but you need the perspectives of all three teens to know the full story. In Luke's, we only get glimpses of Bongo and Casey -- we see them through his eyes as he tries to imagine their struggles, and we need their ow
Cinnamon Rain is a must read.
It should be read by millions.
An outstanding contemporary.

I ordered this off the internet and had no idea it was a verse novel until i opened up the book. I was intrigued. I had never read a verse novel. It took me a bit to get use to this new style, but once i did, i was hooked. Once i started reading i could not stop and devoured it in one sitting. Don't let the fact that this is a verse novel stop you from reading this because it is an amazing book.

It's an uplift
Medeia Sharif
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Out of This Place is a verse novel with three main characters. Luke, Casey, and Bongo are friends, with Luke and Bongo both sweet on Casey. Yes, there’s a love triangle, but it doesn't appear trite in the least bit.

The story follows the struggles of all three characters. I found Casey and Bongo more compelling than Luke. Casey has a strict father and ventures off to live her own life. Bongo has it worst of all, with an abusive stepfather, mother in rehab, and brother whose foster parents won’t a
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this book, it was an easy read and I liked how all the stories intertwined.
Emmelie Swan
Cinnamon Rain by Emma Cameron is an Australian coming of age novel written in verse.
Luke, Casey, and Bongo each narrate a different part of the book, telling their story. They're all in Year 10 and trying to decide what they want to do with their future.
Luke has a crush on Casey, but he's worried his feelings aren't reciprocated. He doesn't know what he wants to do in the future.
Casey is stuck obeying the strict rules of her father. She wants to get out of town and lose ties with anyone
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: college-read
Gotta admit I almost stopped reading this book during Luke’s part. From the synopsis I was intrigued by Casey and Bongo which was the only reason I kept reading this book. Once I was through with Luke’s part I flew threw Casey and Bongo’s parts. While I would never make the life decisions that these characters made I did enjoy reading these characters and the style of the story was so different that it was hard to stop reading. The ending was my favorite part which makes sense since Bongo’s part ...more
Andrea Cretin
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book that is real about several teen issues, while maintaining a sweet relationship between three friends. Written in verse which works well for the story line.
Ess - Six Blue Marbles Book Reviews
Out of This Place is the first verse-written novel I’ve ever read! Verse novels have never held much interest for me. I like poetry, I like novels, but I could never envision how an author could create and entire story and meaning just from a few poetry written perspectives. I think I understand a bit better now.

Cameron is amazing at building and creating emotion! Her three main characters: Luke, Casey, and Bongo/David are each so different from each other but it was interesting to get to see in
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Luke has an average life: good parents, good grades, and good friends. He knows he has it better than some of his friends like Casey and Bongo, but he longs for more. He's in love with Casey, and hopes one day she'll return his feelings. He does everything he can to get closer to her, but one day, she tells him she wants out of this place with no reminders of her past. What else can he do but try to build a life and move on. He applies for a welfare traineeship and moves away leaving Casey and B ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke starts telling us a story. About his best mate Bongo, and Casey. Casey, whose every shrug of indifference melts his heart closer to hers. If only she'd let him. But she won't let him, or anyone. When Luke asks what she's doing during the holidays, she doesn't know. She never knows. All he knows is that her Dad treats her worse than the family dog, and that he'd love the chance to hang with her. If her Dad would let her off the chain, which he won't.

Then there's Bongo. And his step-Dad, who
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it

When you're almost an adult, but you still have to follow the rules of the real adults, life can be difficult. They make the decisions. They tell you what to do. They are in control.

For three teens who are getting ready to head out into the world, there are big decisions to be made.

Luke has no idea what to do with his future; he just knows that he doesn't want to stay where he is.

Casey has a father who is over-controlling and who has always behaved like Ca
Katy Vance
I received this book compliments of the publisher though NetGalley, and I appreciate the opportunity to read it ahead of its publication.

This book was okay. I enjoyed slowly discovering what was going on in each of the characters' lives, and I found the slowly developing love triangle to be fascinating. I thought the characters' personalities were developed in an interesting manner, particularly because it switches between three different points of view. It was a quick read, and I got to see a
Luke, Bongo and Casey. Three point of views. Three very different lives.
The story, told all in prose, follows the three teenagers as they struggle towards the future and leaving who they were behind.

I'll be honest. I was expecting a lot. I enjoy books in prose and have read quite a few of them. Sadly, these stories weren't for me.

Each character has one third of the book to tell their story. Luke is the good guy, struggling to find his career path and finally get the girl he loves, Casey, who doe
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I live on the NSW South Coast, delight in standing barefoot on floorboards warmed by sunlight, believe that cooking for others is a privilege and wish humans could grow more than one set of teeth. My favourite childhood haunt was the school library and I later worked in some so I could be home for my two children outside of school time. Once they were older, I worked in other places and it was not ...more
“i miss my brother like
the sea would miss salt
if that were taken away.”
“Then she smiles, like it's
the first time she's seen sun
after a decade of winters.”
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