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Writing Clementine

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  33 reviews
You said we could write anything we wanted. The first thing that came into our minds. Blue fish, red fish, green fish...

Clementine Darcy is floundering. She wants to be the kind of a fish who swims to the swish of her own fins - upstream, not simply carried along by the current.

But she is finding the swirling waters of school and home difficult to navigate: her friendship
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Allen & Unwin (first published January 1st 2014)
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Steve lovell
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am Burnie born and bred. Most of my life has been spent living in the town – my working life in teaching its youngsters and those of its satellite communities. Most of my time there I hankered to be somewhere else – but I was patient, knowing the town might have its limitations – but its people were wonderful. My retirement does indeed see me in another place – but in my mind I am still Burnie. I write Burnie Tales – it's what I write about the most. About the lives of the people, like me, in ...more
Christine Bongers
An endearing read about darling Clementine's floundering attempts at navigating the treacherous waters of Year Nine. With trouble at home, pressure from her too cool friends at school, and a secret geeky love interest that even she thinks is weird, Clementine has nowhere to turn but her journal. She starts Writing Clementine; a genuine delight.
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-r-c
A heart warming book for any person wanting a touching story to read. Written in a journal entry type style you get to know the character of Clementine on a more personal level, which makes it so much easier to slip into the mind of the young girl and understand her better; to believe in her, to accept her. You get to read her most private thoughts, her fears, her discoveries and her innocence.
The young Clementine is an honest and likeable character that will have you cheering for her throughou
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, loveozya
I got this as an advanced reading copy from Allen and Unwin.

This was such an amazing book! It took me two days to read (and that was only because of studying getting in the way). For me, it brought back many memories of growing up in Tasmania and made me more than a little homesick (as I now study interstate). But, I think that any teenage girl can identify and connect with the themes and the high school setting. The struggle for identity is common; I discovered things about myself as Clementine
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this over Easter after my daughter did a review on it for the publisher. I just wanted to see what it was all about, so what happened? I read it in one sitting as well.

Writing Clementine gives an open door into the teenage world of today and lets face it as a parent I don't mind a peek. It was refreshing in the way the story was set out in journal form sharing her thoughts, feelings and experiences with a teacher who occasionally gives her returned feedback via her journal.

I would HIGHLY
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
Heart warming story about real young people and real lives. With all the north west Tasmanian references, let's hope it inspires some locals to live their own lives and not follow the crowd
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: great-for-teens
If I could work out how to do it I would put it on a Young Adult shelf.
Nice coming of age story that lightly touches on some heavy issues: peer pressure, body image, self esteem and relationships with the opposite sex.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein wundervolles Jugendbuch übers Erwachsenwerden bzw. Sich selbst finden. Mir hat es so gut gefallen, dass sich die Autorin so gut in die Jugendlichen hineinversetzen konnte. Clementine ist mir sehr ans Herz ❤ gewachsen.
Trotzdem, dass es sich hier um ein Jugendbuch handelt ist es eine sehr komplexe Geschichte und alle Charaktere sind gut dargestellt worden, vor allem authentisch.
Ich kann dieses wunderbare Buch nur empfehlen, deswegen gibt es von mir fünf Sterne ⭐!
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-release, arc
*This review also appears on the blog Chasm of Books*

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

In my opinion, we definitely need more books out there with protagonists like Clementine. She really is a relatable and unique 14 year old teenage girl who puts into words through her letters the types of issues that a lot of other girls in the real world have to deal with. This is an honest and well-written coming of age story which goes to show that you can be
Clementine Darcy is just starting year 9 and finds herself a little disappointed by Ms Hiller’s philosophy class. Expecting to be devouring great works by influential thinkers, Clementine doesn’t see the point in being told to write whatever comes to her head. But as the year goes on Clementine finds herself sharing the highs and lows of her life with her teacher. Her friends are moving on with boyfriends and leaving Clem behind. Her brother hasn’t left his bedroom in a year and her perfect sist ...more
Brit McCarthy
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Writing Clementine is the coming-of-age story of Clementine Darcy, who just doesn't feel like she fits in anywhere. She's not interested in boys and fashion like her friends, and her family does not feel as whole as it did before. In a series of letters to her teacher for a class project, she explores what it's like to be herself when she doesn't know wh
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Writing Clementine follows the story of Clementine Darcy who feels like she is lost and doesn’t fit in with her friends. The story is written as multiple journal entries to her teacher, Ms Hiller. Throughout the story she grows as a person and discovers who she really is.

I really enjoyed this story a lot. I didn’t really know what expect from it as I’m not a huge contemporary (though I’m slowly branching out), but I was surprised how much I loved it.

I loved Clementine’s style of writing and I l
Clementine reflects on what is going on in her life during her creative writing classes. Many of her experiences are quite typical for her age - worries about her changing friendships, exploring her identity, dating and first loves, and having the confidence to be herself.
While her old friendships appear to crumble before her, Clementine also has the frustrating and quite isolating experience of watching her two older siblings struggle with mental illness - her sister, who barely eats, and her b
Steph Bowe
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Writing Clementine is such a beautifully endearing story. I loved the use of Tasmania as a setting, as I have in Kate Gordon's other novels. Clementine has many of the aspects I love about contemporary Australian YA, including a very genuine voice and the multi-faceted issues of growing up being handled deftly, including Clementine dealing with her brother's mental illness, relationships with her long-time friends shifting, and romantic interests as well as super unpleasant advances. Clementine' ...more
❄ Pixelflocke ❄
Das Buch war wirklich eine positive Überraschung für mich! Der deutsche Titel (wer hat den denn bloß erlaubt?!?!) sowie das Cover haben mich überhaupt nicht angesprochen und wenn es mir nicht empfohlen worden wäre, hätte ich es nie ausgeliehen.

Erzählt wird das Buch in kurzen, tagebuchartigen Kapiteln, die von der 15jährigen Clementine Darcy an ihre Lehrerin Ms Hiller geschrieben werden. Der Schreibstil ist wunderbar flüssig, witzig, authentisch und lässt sich daher sehr schnell lesen.

Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
An engaging, easy to read coming of age story set in Australia. Clementine feels she is growing apart from her friends, who are more aware of boys, clothes and what's cool than Clementine is. She's also worried about her family - her sister Sophie is getting thinner and grumpier, and her brother Fergus won't leave his room.

While the book introduces some thought-provoking topics, it's done with a light touch. Clementine is a likeable character, and her desire to retain her friends AND be herself
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Writing Clementine is written by Kate Gordon. It’s a young adult book that’s actually set in Tasmania. That’s what primarily attracted me to the novel in the first place. It’s not an easy task to find a book set in Tasmania that’s brilliant.

I honestly couldn’t put this book down once I started and of course I read it two more times not long after I finished it the first time. I am in love with the characters and this story.

Writing Clementine is brilliantly written and I highly recommend this b
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I very much wanted to love this book. And there were aspects of it I really enjoyed. The setting of my own high school and home town was a novelty that I loved - being able to relate so intimately to descriptions of places. The plot - about Grade 9 Clementine who is 'unfriended' by her two popular, beautiful besties after a misunderstanding over a boy, and her struggles to 'fix' a brother suffering depression and a perfectionist sister on the verge of an eating disorder - was interesting. There ...more
Heather Gallagher
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I really enjoyed this gentle read about a creative girl and her Year 9 experiences. I was curious to see how Kate Gordon wrote this because I've been working on a similar style of book about a girl's experience of Year 7 and I guess the problem I've been having with my story is similar here - it's a bit slice of life rather than driving narrative. That said, I liked the technique of holding back information - the story behind Clementine's beloved brother Fergus, for example. I loved the stuff ab ...more
I got this as an advanced reading copy from Allen and Unwin.

This story was amazing and it made me feel so many emotions. At one point i felt like crying, but on the next page I was smiling and laughing. It was so relatable and I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is in middle or high school.

I loved it! ♥
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this a quick and engaging read about being willing to be who you are, however I found the depiction of mental illness to be somewhat one-dimensional, brushed over and a bit misguided. Similarly, the resolutions in the book didn't feel quite real, and seemed a bit too easy to be believable, but I still found this an enjoyable, light read.
Antoinette M
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My 12 year old daughter read this first and loved it so much that she's been in a "book void" ever since. She's been looking for another book that will satisfy her just as much as this one did, (think I can help her with that problem). I read Writing Clementine upon her insistence, and understand why my girl loved it so. It spoke to her so beautifully. Such a lovely book. An utter delight.

Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Rating- 3.5

Writing Clementine was a good quick read and I constantly wanted to keep on reading. It was really funny yet really honest and the characters were really easy to relate to in many ways. I recommend this book to everyone because it's the type of book that just makes you feel good :)
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely fell in love with this book, and it's uniqueness. Clementine is such a relateable character, and her feelings aren't sugar coated, which is refreshing. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A coming of age teen novel about a girl who struggles to find her place in the world and wants to fix her family. Told through letters written to a teacher it is a heartwarming tale.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, fiction, ya
Perfectly sweet little epistolary novel that never completely gelled for me.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
it is very meaningful and the book itself makes you feel good about yourself in the way that it provides a worse perspective to life and sometimes a much sweeter one.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ibby
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Barbs Lodge
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Kate Gordon has produced her finest work yet! Highly recommended reading for Grade 7 and up. Touches tenderly on many coming of age issues facing teemagers and family. Beautiful.
Clare M
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! The author fit so many issues into 181 pages! It was an easy read and it really took me back to my high school years... eek... I recommend this one!
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