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Here's the Thing

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  90 reviews
It’s only for a year. That’s what sixteen-year-old Zel keeps telling herself after moving to Sydney for her dad’s work. She’ll just wait it out until she gets back to New York and Prim, her epic crush/best friend, and the unfinished subway project. Even if Prim hasn’t spoken to her since that day on Coney Island.

But Zel soon finds life in Sydney won’t let her hide. There’s
Published October 19th 2016 by Ylva Publishing
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Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Consistency must be Emily O’Beirne’s middle name. She consistently writes amazing characters that steal your heart and dazzle your imagination. Her latest novel, Here’s the Thing, is a wonderfully sweet story and honest reflection from the main character, Zel.

Zel, is sixteen and is probably smarter and more aware than most thirty-year-olds. This character is open, honest and level headed. You don’t often hear that with teenagers, levelheaded, but Zel just is. She gets people for who they are, sh
Bruna Accioly
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emily O'Beirne is the queen of amazing
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, ff, 2016, ebook
Well, I think Emily O'beirne is officially one of my favorite author. I've read all her books and I love them all.YA is definitely my least favorite genre but Emily somehow always makes me fall in love with her books.

I love all the characthers in this book. I love Zel as a narrator, she's really likeable, funny and can stand up for herself. I love the interaction between the characters. Between Zel and her friends, Zel and her parents. I love Prim with all her quirkiness. I love the friendship b
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
*Book received by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Emily O'Beirne is a good writer and, despite some interpolations from the MC to the reader that I found out of context and a bit annoying, it shows in her book.

My main concern about this book is that the author seems to touch the most important subjects from the surface only, such as the main love story, Prim's reasons for her behavior, or Ashani's relationship or lack of thereof with the 2 guys. There is also a lack of depth and emot
I found this to be a pretty subdued read. I didn't read the blurb or other reviews with hints of the plot so I went into the book blind. I was over half way through when I was still wondering what the book was ultimately about because it's split between Zel's present day in Australia and flashbacks of her previous year in New York with her friend Prim. In a certain way, I wasn't sure if I should be ramping up my investment in Prim or if I should stick to the life Zel was making in Australia...

Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At this point I don't know what to say anymore about Emily O'Beirne's writing. It's so good. I wish I had a new book of hers to read every week because the way I feel while reading her books is exactly the pick up I need from the world right now. It's like I can feel joy warming up my little soul from somewhere deep inside me. She does it with her characters, all of whom seem like the type of people I want to be friends with. She does it with her prose, which is light when it needs to be and hea ...more
Copy received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review

Here's the Thing is a wonderful coming of age story with a realistically written LGBT herione.
The best thing about this book is everything. From the beautiful plot, to the perfectly developed characters, and one of the best writing styles that I have stumbled onto recently. I'm just now learning of Mrs. O'Beirne's talent for telling stories, and her ability to give soul to every dialogue.
I enjoyed this story, especially the voice that
Bree Paige
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I finally finished this One.
Why I cried.. I didn't expect to cry..
I been trying to finish this book since January.. But it took me a couple of months to get the mood of finishing this b4 I move on to the other books..
AND I never expect that this book made me cry. Probably bcoz how well this book written. I felt all the feelings of Zel and Prim in this book...
AND I love Zel's Dad he is an amazing Dad..
AND then of course Stella..
I think Emily O'Beirne is one of the Queen of YA book.
Some of my
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm torn about this one. I usually enjoy young adult and I generally enjoy first person. I don't mind flashbacks, even though, goodness me, there were a lot of flashbacks. The characters were really well written, and I thought the way the Zel was thinking about her family, her school work, and the way her friendships grew felt right. All of that was lovely. Her drama friendship group was great, and I loved the way we saw the drama group and the separate, but important, friendship with James in h ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** I was given a copy from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.**

This is another good story by Emily O'Beirne. She's just excellent at that - telling meaningful stories of ordinary queer youngsters in quite an extraordinary way.

She picks up moments that usually has been (or probably will be) part of any queer girl growing up - in this case the falling in love with your best friend scenario - and builds up a compelling story around it. Unlike most other authors of this genre though, she carefull
Lynda Dickson
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 14+
Shelves: young-adult
Sixteen-year-old Zel moves back to Sydney, Australia, after spending eight months in New York. She misses Prim, her best friend and crush. Zel and Prim were working on their subway project, following the idea in Prim's favorite book to ride to the end of every subway line in New York. But before they finish, something drives a wedge between the girls. The compelling and touching opening scene makes us wonder what happened between them. Meanwhile, Zel finds a new group of friends in Sydney: her c ...more
Paula  Phillips
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
There were two things that attracted me to this book , the first of course was the cover of the Subway lines in New York and the second was the author as I had just a couple of weeks ago finished reading her book Points of Departure and quite enjoyed it. In Here's the Thing we meet Zelda aka Zel whose parents have moved back to Australia from New York for their jobs. While in New York, Zel's mother worked for a modelling agency and that is where she met Prim. The two of them one day based on a b ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like this type of narration. It's like I'm just talking with my friend, Zel. She's just telling me stories over a cup of tea or coffee.
I'm in love with this book.

I can totally understand how Zel
felt about the constant comparison of the places. Somehow I also experienced that and it's really hard.
But if you're to ask me, I think Zel only like New York because of Prim and her heart will always be at home in Australia.
This is a story of friendship, first heart break, starting over. If you're loo
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Zel, an Australian teenager moves to the EEUU, makes a friend (Prim) and then moves back to Australia. She finds then herself with the doubts of her past actions, with the unknown of what is going on the head of Prim and with the uncertainty of her current life.

That would be my sum up fot this book. Not to much spoilers. But it best this way.

This book is good, so good. Like always Emily O'Beirne has been able to capture the essence of her characters. There is not much development but there is
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am officially calling it, Emily O'Beirne is by far my favourite author!

The characters and stories she creates just feel so real. I am pulled into every story where I struggle to move on after it finishes. Here's the Thing was the same in that we were brought into the world of these interesting characters with the best dynamic that I fell in love with.

This is a young adult book and as an adult I enjoyed the read as Zel was such a well-rounded character you just enjoyed being a part of her gro
Fran *tale.addict*
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Here's the Thing follows the story of Zel who has moved with her family from New York to Sydney, leaving her best friend and 'epic crush' Prim behind. Zel faces radio silence from Prim, whilst trying to navigate her new surroundings and friendships. She has to figure out how to move on without leaving anyone behind.

I actually really enjoyed this read. It was cute, and fast paced and I really enjoyed O'Beirne's writing. Zel was a great character, and I loved seeing her deal with her changing rela
Just when she is settling into her new life in New York, sixteen year old Zel (short for Zelda – Fitzgerald, not The Legend of) is once again forced to up and leave for a new life in Sydney due to her dad’s career. While Zel leaves willingly for her parent’s sakes, she is reluctant to say goodbye to Primulka, her not-so-aspiring model friend, who is signed to Zel’s mother’s modelling agency. This is partly due to Zel and Prim’s plan to ride the entirety of New York’s subway lines. But Zel also h ...more
I received a copy of this book from Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

This novel is about a girl who has just moved from New York to Sydney due to her parents' work. Unfortunately for her, the move happened soon after an incident with her best friend who now isn't talking to her. In Sydney she makes new friends, but desperately wants to reconnect with her friend back in New York.

I will start by saying that the cover art of the book is amazing. I love it. However the novel itself was
Sascha Broich
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
*ARC from Ylva for review*

Somehow two books in one.
One book is about New York City, the other is about a teenager in Sydney.
While I read I kept thinking: what was the author's intention of this book?

Let's see. The literary ego is a sixteen year old Australian girl from Canberra. She was uprooted and lived a year in New York City, then was relocated to Sydney, Australia. In NYC she connected with Prim together they explored the city through the subway system.
We learn about that in retrospection w
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There's a good book in the middle of this…like, half of a good book, basically. The present-day timeline with protagonist Zelda dealing with moving to a new place, new people, fitting in, and of course the obligatory romance…that was all good. Like, really good. The book uses a stage play about home and refugees in order to relate to Zelda's own issues, and while I think it is…perhaps a little too heavy of a subject for such a metaphor, it works w
Karen • The Book Return
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read this review and more at The Book Return Blog'Here's the Thing' is a LGBT coming of age story. When sixteen year old Zelda moves back to Australia from New York, she struggles to fit in . She misses New York city and her friend/crush, Prim. Prim is a model who hates most people and things and gives Prim a new outlook on life.

The story alternates between the present (Zelda in Australia) and the past (Zelda in New York). In the present Zelda makes new friends and begins taking drama. While she
CR Daylex
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Full review to come when I finish flailing but I loved this one a lot!
Ana Rose
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book especially the characters and setting. This author is quickly becoming one of my favourites and as an Australian myself, I love that she's telling Australian based LGBT stories as I feel they are quite rare.
I loved Zel and I also related to the feeling of not being able to let someone go, especially some who still influences you and that you love. I think that struggle is very interesting but I could also understand Prim's point of view as well.
The romance is
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-lgbt, favorites
Here's the thing, I loved Zel and the way she talk to us through this book. I love the dynamic, the story, the details. Half of the book I spent googling the parts of NY they were visiting - btw, this took a long more to finish the book, but totally worth it.

I wish it were bigger, because it is always hard to finish a book we are so connected with. Also, I wish we had like an extra chapter to understand better about Prim*, it is so hard to have a book exploring this subject.

But this is just a
Jane Shambler
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ylva-pub, ya
Ok, this book is really really well written. It ia narrated by the main character and it mainly encompasses her past and present. I gave it 4 stars because it took me about 40% of the book to actually get into it. But then I will also admit that I would not have normally read this kind of book , but again saying that I’m glad I did. It’s more a teen coming to terms with her sexuality and how she integrates that into her every day life, fortunately she also has very liberal, understanding parents ...more
Rose Lily
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Thank you Emily for making very good books. The way this story told is unique. It gets back n forth from the past and to the present.

The story is about friendship and misunderstandings. I'm really convinced that the story focuses on her friendship with Prim and how she fell in love with her friend. And now she ruined it. Then in the present, she founds another girl that she's interested. She now realized that her realtionship with prim is meant to be friends only.

The flashbacks is really
J. Peters
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
So, here's the thing about Here's The Thing...

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Emily O'Berine has a writing style that just kind of draws you into the characters and makes it easy to see the story and world from their perspective. This was a bit different from some of her other works (though I didn't realize until about halfway through that I'd read some of her other works...). It was more casual, and self-aware of itself.

In fact, the character of Zel makes a point of talking directly to the reader. It
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zel moves from New York to Sydney for her Dad's job. She leaves behind her best friend Prim and an almost finished Subway project. She hasn't spoken to Prim since the fateful weekend just before she left, when they shared a confusing but amazing kiss. Zel doesn't know where they stand and now she's thousands of miles away. On top of all the emotional turmoil brought over from New York, in Sydney, Zel is trying to make a place for herself at school, with new friends and her continued passion for ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Here's the Thing is an evocative young adult novel about friendship and fitting in. The story is set in Australia (Sydney), though there is an alternating flashback story that takes you to the US (New York). I particularly enjoyed the protagonist's internal monologue about navigating the sometimes perilous knife edge that separates friendship and romance for a lesbian teen.

The protagonist Zel was very different from the usual vacant facsimilie of the 16-year-old that many YA novels are prone to
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Normally reading books which have no clear indication to whether you’re reading a flashback or are reading in the present but this book was great and it was a great addition to the story. Zelda, Zel for short had a lot of heartbreak in her past, especially with Primulka, Prim for short. These flashbacks went back to when they first met and when they last talked which helped me realise how important their relationship was and why Zel has had trouble moving on from her. The characters were real wh ...more
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