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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  2,035 ratings  ·  174 reviews
Skončila škola, a to nejen na dva měsíce prázdnin, ale navždy. Tiffany a Kayla jsou volné, což je přesně to, po čem vždycky toužily. Ovšem teď je i po létě, a to znamená, že je čekají těžká životní rozhodnutí. Tiffany doufá, že její dobrovolná práce v místních novinách povede k něčemu více, ale její šéf se jí chystá dát tvrdou lekci o tom, jak se nestát sentimentálním repo ...more
Hardcover, No Boyzzz, 179 pages
Published May 2013 by CooBoo (first published August 1st 2011)
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I know, you're not supposed to judge books by their covers. But publishers need to quit false advertising their books too. You put a smiling girl in a rainbow shirt on the cover? Excuse me for expecting a smiling girl in a rainbow shirt inside the cover.

When there's a disconnect between the cover and the book, I usually feel a disconnect with the book itself. A Straight Line to My Heart, with that gorgeous cover and cutesy title and main character named Tiff, started off in line with my expectat
4.5 stars

“If you can’t get a boy, get a book, that’s my motto.”

(Believe me, the ‘meta’-ness of me using this quote is definitely not lost on me!)

From the very opening lines, Tiff’s voice is clear and distinct, flowing beautifully on the pages as she relates the events of Bill Condon’s heart-warming novel. I loved her as a narrator: she’s astute, self-deprecating, funny. With simple, succinct turns of phrase, her story is poignant, full of heart and humour. Tiff’s observations were so familiar
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Cath Crowley and Fiona Wood
Recommended to Flannery by: Arlene
I want to write a review of this book, truly I do, but all I keep doing is singing "Groovy Kind of Love" by Phil Collins and thinking about Aussie contemporary YA lit. "When I'm feeling blue, all I have to do, is take a look aaaaat you, then I'm not sooo blue." That's where I stop singing, lest this turn into some sort of awkwardly sexual booklove situation. It is true that Aussie YA books and I have a groovy kind of love, though. Raw Blue, The Piper's Son, A Little Wanting Song, Six Impossible ...more
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian, ya-lit
A Straight Line To My Heart is a cute, little book.

It's a snapshot of a week of Tiff's life, right after she graduates. She lives in Gungee Creek - a place where nothing ever happens - together with her foster father, Reggie, and her foster brother, Bull. For the foreseeable future, Tiff is going to start a sort of internship at a local newspaper, hoping it will lead to a cadetship and then to a proper job.
But it's not so much what happens in this book that really matters because truly, you mig
“There's nothing quite as good as folding up into a book and shutting the world outside. If I pick the right one I can be beautiful, or fall in love, or live happily ever after. Maybe even all three.”

4.5 stars.

What an opening line! I knew this book was going to be a good one.

Let me just say, first up - I love the cover of this one! It's simple and pretty and indented. When you hold the cover, the writing feels as if it's been punched with a Typewriter. Just a little quirk. Something unique.

Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Contemporary Aussie Fans
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Bookers Aussie Tour
Opening Paragraph:
There’s nothing quite as good as folding into a book and shutting the world outside. If I pick the right one I can be beautiful, or fall in love , or live happily ever after. Maybe even all three. If you can’t get a boy, get a book. That’s my motto.

With a start like that, I knew there was no doubt I wasn’t going to love this book to such crush-worthy proportions. This story made me laugh and sigh and giggle and almost cry so sincerely that I want to give it a review that it tru
Joy (joyous reads)
So check it. This is how it is in Australia, apparently. There is ONE school where all the writers go and learn how to write the most heartfelt, realistic stories of the human element. Seriously, authors like, Melina Marchetta, Fiona Wood, Leanne Hall, Cath Crowley...etcetera...etcetera...Well, I just found out that Bill Condon also went to the same school! Imagine that. And you know what? I soooo could tell he went to the same school. His story telling style kind of follows the same formula as ...more
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie
While I wish  A Straight Line to My Heart  was a little longer, it was perfect in its own way and utterly adorable. Seriously, don't let it's simplistic cover fool you - it's a novel that is deep in its subtlety, beautiful in its originality, and heart-wrenching in its happiness. I'm glad I took the time to savor this quick read - not to mention underline half the phrases in it! - and I know this is one I'll be thrusting upon others because it is  just that good.  

Although a small book, A St
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic
This has so many great reviews, 4 and 5 stars all around it seems, so I almost feel bad rating it a 3.5.
Yes, it was cute. I adore the cover. I adore Reggie. But, something fell a little flat for me.

1. Maybe it was the whole Davey thing? He just swoops in and seems like he is going to be involved in the story, but he only makes brief appearances. I don't have to have a huge Love story, but I needed just a bit more.

2. The whole news-paper/shark thing. I didn't mind her getting the job or talking
I enjoyed A Straight Line to My Heart. The plot is simple, essentially following Tiff's life for a week or so. She has recently started a job/internship at the local newspaper, her grandpa (technically not, but he helped raise her) is unwell, a boy comes along and then her best friend reveals some big news. Just everyday sort of things, but I liked reading about it all. I also really liked the cover, the characters and the fact that it is set in a small Australian town. However, it's not particu ...more
This book is in my top 5 favourites of all time, easily.

Just... brilliant.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

A Straight Line To My Heart is a distinctly Australian coming-of-age story.

Tiff describes herself best as plain. She lives with elderly and tough Reggie and Bull, his son; neither are related to her. Apart from her odd living situation, she leads a fairly unremarkable life. That, however, changes dramatically over the summer after high school finishes forever for her.

Tiff will deal with the loss of loved ones, find new loved ones, puzzle o
Definitely more towards three and a half stars, but not quite four. Lovely, quirky characters and a story line that just followed the every day life of Tiff, journalist-to-be. I might not have been in the perfect mood for this, but it was still a good read.
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-ya
I am so in love with this book it's unreal.

So, Tiff and her BFF Kayla are free! FOREVER! Schools out and summer is almost over, which means they need to go do grown up things. For Tiff this means working for a local newspaper and dealing with "the shark" who is a tough guy reporter, on the front lines every day to bring the all important news to the town of Gungee. The Shark totally shoots her down. Because he is a cold hearted journalist! Or is he??

Meanwhile, back at home, Reggie, aka the best
Marisabel Bonet-Cruz
I love how Condon writes, the fluidity of his chapters of his dialogue.
I love the topic of the book, and the clever way the cover and the blurb present the story.

However, I did not enjoy the book.
The plot never developed conflict. Everything resolved itself within seconds of being introduced, which didn't make for alluring reading. You knew what happened a little too soon, and a little bit too nicely. The book started out good, but soon there were too many characters and too many plot lines, and
Good Golly Miss Holly
If you're looking for a short and sweet novel that is completely down-to-earth than you've hit the nail on the head with A Straight Line To My Heart.

While the title may be a little cringe-worthy, it's worth pushing past if you're in the need for a refreshing read that steers clear of many of the cliche topics often seen in American YA such as cheerleading and high school cliques.

Tiffany hasn't had the easiest life but she's making the best of it with her beloved grandfather figure and his son wh
Jess - The Tales Compendium
In A Nutshell:
A great new Aussie contemporary read that looks at what happens when you are faced with the fact that everything in your life might change and how you cope when there is nothing you can do to stop it. A fabulous story of growing up and going with the flow.

For my full review, please visit my blog:
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've had this book for about 2-3 years, and I *finally* finished it.

It's a nice coming-of-age story. The characters were nuanced and loveable, but the overall plot arc felt slightly too short or too shallow. Everything that happened felt "almost, but not quite" despite me enjoying it.

It's a quiet read. It's got some lovely Aussie flair to it, solid prose, and great character relationships. Tiff (our main character) gives interesting insights into people and life, and well, I'm pretty sure
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I expected a lot more out of this book. Bill Condon why did you let me down?? I was excited to read this because I've seen Bill Condon books around for years. Aussie YA sections of bookstores, my high school library, yet I had never read one.. I don't know if I picked the wrong one of his books to start off with, but I just didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would.

I feel like certain relationships in the book weren't explored thoroughly enough, especially the friendship between the p
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
That three is generous, as I really didn't get on with this one. I was underwhelmed enough that it stayed my reading-while-brushing-teeth pb when I was reading ebooks or library loans I didn't want to risk in the bathroom, which is why I was so long reading it. I never thought Tiffany's voice was particularly interesting, and she did *not* come off as someone who wanted a career with writing. (One example was when she said Reggie, her grandfather-figure, who'd been with the local football team f ...more
Gabriela Milanes
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie, ya, faves
This book was so sweet. I made the mistake of reading it during class; laughed out loud 4 times and cried in the end. If people didn't think I was crazy before....
Apr 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-czech
Celé zle. Vôbec žiadne emócie to vo mne nevyvolalo. Čakala som, že to bude romantické. Nič. Čakala som, že tam bude nejaký super príbeh, keďže ona chce byť novinárka, možno sa do niečoho zapletie alebo tak. Nič z toho.
Ach, čisté sklamanie.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian
Bill Condon is one my absolute favourite writers and it's been a while since i read his work, so i was really looking forward to this one. i've been a bit dissappointed in his recent work, to be honest. this one too, also falls short of my favourite Condon books. on a scale from Daredevils and No Worries to Give Me Truth, it luckily falls further away from Give Me Truth, which for me was a terrible book. (so much that i can't remember what happened in it.) Maybe it's a little closer to Dogs and ...more
I've been wanting to read this book for a while.

It is certainly a lovely, light read, but I felt that there was something lacking.

The premise of this story is great, but I think it could have been executed much, much better through deeper character development and perhaps a more intriguing plot. Clearly, this book is more character-based rather than plot-based, but even so I felt that the plot really needed something more. It basically revolved around things such as problems with her best friend
Clare Cannon
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 13-15yrs, young-adult
This book reminded me a little of Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl - it's not quite as refined but seems to be built upon a similar kind of optimistic good will. Tiffany is an independent, kind-hearted girl who has just finished her final year of school. Her character has a beautiful simplicity that makes her seem younger, not quite naive but endearingly uncomplicated as though she hasn't been tarnished by life.

She has an unusual family setting: when her mother passed away her aunt couldn't look after
Rachel Adams
I chose to read "A straight line to my Heart" by Bill Condon, because it
seemed like an interesting book, because it follows the life of a teenage
girl, which I can relate to. I enjoy reading books that I can relate to
because it makes it more personal and I feel more connected to the story.

This novel is about a young girl called Tiff who lives with a foster family. She has just finished high school and is about to start her first internship at a newspaper journalism place. Her passion is writing a
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Here’s another story of family and friends that simple but ends on a note that leaves me hopeful.

With an opening line that goes, “There’s nothing quite as good as a folding up into a book and shutting the world outside. If I pick the right one I can be beautiful, or fall in love, or live happily ever after. Maybe even all three... If you can’t get a boy, get a book, that’s my motto,” I knew I had something. And I did because with each page, there was always something to grin about.

She's r
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tif is a weird kid, she has only one friend and lives with Reggie, kinda her grandfather, and with Bull, two very peculiar guys. Tif does not feel special, she knows it and knows little about her story, but shes a strong girl and even when there are obstacles she deals with them.
We get to know her more with every page we read, shes clever, shes funny and shes a character you can really connect with, or at least I did.
A Straight Line to My Heart was a great book. With really cool characters, a wi
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I feel like I missed something and I don't know what. There's a lot of great reviews about this book and I just honestly feel like I might've missed something, but truth of the matter is that I was bored.

I don't really have anything against this book, but the only reason I finished it was because it was quick—at 77% into it, I was just sorta skimming/floating through the book because I wasn't invested in it. I could've just left it as a DNF (and probably would have if the book were longer) but
Awesomely Aussie is how I would describe it. It’s heartfelt, completely down-to earth and a great coming of age story.

I had heard about A Straight Line to my Heart, and read good reviews about it. It was on my to-read list, but I wasn’t urgent to read it, but when I came across it in a bookstore, I picked it up and decided to buy it. And I am so very glad I did.

Top notch Characters. I loved them all. Real and enjoyable to read about. I also liked that the author introduced the characters slowly
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Bill Condon's young adult novels, Dogs (2001) and No Worries (2005) were Honour Books in the CBCA (Australian Book of the Year) Awards. No Worries was also short-listed for the Ethel Turner Prize in the 2005 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. In 2010 Bill's Confessions Of A Liar, Thief And Failed Sex God won the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award for young adult fiction. A Straight LineTo My He ...more
“Sometimes words just don't get you there... don't let you say all the stuff from deep in your heart, stuff that no dictionary has a name for.” 35 likes
“If you can’t get a boy, get a book.” 12 likes
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