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Beautiful Mess

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  967 ratings  ·  205 reviews
Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven’t been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there’s the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab.

Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversi
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Paperback, 286 pages
Published August 28th 2017 by Text Publishing
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C.G. Drews
I am totally totally onboard with the title here. Because this book was thoroughly beautiful and I had FEELINGS. At least three of them. Maybe four. It was wild for a while. But yet it is also a bit of a mess, starring a really predictable and unsatisfying ending that kind of made me feel like a dead frog. HOWEVER!! I still highly loved this book! It's about depression and anxiety and it was super well written. I also just read Definitions of Indefinable Things...which is very very similar. But ...more
L A i N E Y
This is one of those utterly rare times when I both prefer them being friends and also prefer them as a couple. It’s glorious.

I am so proud of Ava. How she could make herself do the right and selfless thing (view spoiler) How she could do that I will never understand. If in the same position, I know in my heart I would never be able to do that. And at her age too, no less. No waaayyyy would I be able to do that. I was rather a flawed teenager, as you c
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Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, giveaway
Wow. Just wow. So beautiful. So raw. So gripping.

I was spellbound by Ava and Gideons’ story. The author has created two authentic characters, one struggling with grief and the other with anxiety and self-esteem issues, their emotional journey’s are beautifully written with a touch of humour added to the mix. I laughed and cried in equal measure in some parts of this book.

This is so, so good, everyone should read this novel!

Love the cover, fitting to the story.

A huge thank you to Text Publishin
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Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures
2020: Book #4 for the Reading Rush for the prompt: a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.(reread)
I FEEL SO EMOTIONAL ALL OVER AGAIN. ALL THE STARS IN THE WORLD (AGAIN).
PLEASE READ AND CHECK THIS BOOK OUT IF YOU HAVEN'T.



2017:
"And I've got to keep sorting my shit out, because life is messy.
But fuck, it can be beautiful. "




This is my new favorite mental health book that deals with depression and anxiety. 💓

This was just so beautifully written, and flowed s
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Marianne
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5★s

Beautiful Mess is the first novel by prize-winning Australian novelist and playwright, Claire Christian. When she actually attends, Ava Spirini is in Year 11 at MacGreggor State College, but her regular outbursts in the months since the death of her best friend, Kelly Waititi, have her on shaky ground. Insulting the principal, Mrs Bryan, abusing the school assembly and punching a classmate? Only so much can be excused due to grief before there are consequences. But they just don’t get it: “
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K.
Trigger warnings: grief, death of a friend (in the past), suicide (in the past), mental health, self harm (in the past), violence.

3.5 stars.

I'm clearly going to be on Team Unpopular Opinion where this book is concerned, but I just.........didn't really get the type, to be honest. I really loved Gideon's story and his voice. But I had a hard time with Ava and I honestly can't pinpoint why.

That being said, I loved that therapy played such a significant role in the story and I loved the emphasis
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Text Publishing
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, ya, australian
‘Tender and absorbing, this debut novel from Australia tackles challenging topics…with an open and loving hand. It deals with myriad emotions and allows the healing process to be organic. The sweetness of the characters rises above the darkness they carry, and their honest desire for acceptance…will resonate with a wide range of readers.’
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‘A book full of heart and hope. Claire Christian’s voice leaps off the page, brimming with energy and verve.’
Judges' comments, Readings Young Adult Bo
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loveozya, text, bookgasm
Ava is barely surviving in the depths of despair after her friend takes her own life. As the moments pass Ava is inconsolable, engaging in abusive and destructive behaviour, now expelled while involved in a non committal sexual relationship with Lincoln. Seeking solace in one another. Ava is an incredible character, her despair is palpable as she navigates life after Kelly, a vivacious young woman who was diagnosed with depression and committed suicide.

Gideon is a quiet, young poet with anxiety,
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Danielle
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. It was so, so good.

Full review to come on my blog: www.thechroniclesofdanielle.wordpress...
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Samantha (WLABB)
The title did a good job setting me up for a story that was both beautiful and messy. This book was a total emotional rollercoaster, and I have to admit, I really loved the ride.

• Pro: My heart belongs to Gideon. I fell in love with this awkward, tenderhearted, skinny boy, who wrote amazing slam poetry, loved his family to pieces, and bravely fought his depression.

• Pro: The poetry featured in this book was incredible. I don't think any of the poems failed to bring tears to my eyes, but I also
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Sprinkled Pages
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
debating between 3.5 stars and 4 stars

i liked how well written this was and the exploration of grief as well as the fantastic characters! at times, it wasn't as relatable but still a solid and addictive read.

for more, read my no spoiler book review: https://sprinkledpages.blogspot.com.a...
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rachel ☾
i hate that those last fifty pages made me go from 'this is the most represented i've ever felt' to 'what the hell did i just read make it stop'
Grace
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
LOVED:
- The Anxiety Representation
and
- The Poetry aspects

BUT
I didn't find interest in the characters and everything else besides the things above.
Jocelyn (foxonbooks)
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I raced through this 'issue-heavy' Aussie YA this week. Raw, honest and really engaging, I related so well to the protagonists even though I've not been in a similar situation. A great read.
Jennifer
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Maybe being bored is a good thing. Because what that actually means is that things aren't like they were. And that's all I ever really want, for things to never be like they were."

"I tend to not really make choices that are based on my own happiness and so I figured I'd start trying to do that a bit more."

"It doesn't feel exciting. It just feels...nothing. which completely freaks me out because what if it's not what I want? What if there is nothing to be excited about or look forward to anymore
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Toby
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit, young-adult
Exactly what I needed. A joyous novel that gave me all of the feelings and reminded of so many moments in my own life. With two protagonists who are damaged little fuckers in their own ways you may not be sure who you love the most or want to hug and help with the pain but the time you spend with them will make you smile and laugh and feel warm from head to toe and gasp at their errors and groan at their stupidity and grow alongside them. It’s a YA. I am not its target audience. I would never ha ...more
Jenna
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, aussie, faves
An absolutely stunning exploration of grief, mental illness, love and friendship. My heart is very full.
Donna
Beautiful mess will leave you in just that ... a beautiful mess.
Diem
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5

I haven't finished a book in one sitting in a long time.

I loved this, you guys. Loved it. It made me very weepy and achey. But also made me all shivery and happy.

Do yourself a favour and grab yourself a copy of Beautiful Mess when it comes out.

And the cover, I love it even more now that I've finished reading about Ava and Gideon.

Proper review to come on the podcast.

Trisha
Intense, inclusive, insightful.
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
The rage and sadness of teenage girls is so rarely given space and time in any kind of media to be explored with the nuance it deserves. Which is why I loved Beautiful Mess so much. It is about that rage, about grief and the complex ways it manifests.

And I loved that even though many of the people around the protagonist didn't understand her pain, or the ways she expressed it, as a reader you were never prompted to feel either pity of frustration with her. Her actions made sense with you could
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Tara
This beautiful mess got me deep inside in all the right places. I connected heavily with the characters, their experiences and their feelings. It is one of those books that I want to go back and start again straight away so I can get back in the story and help figure stuff out.
Gabby
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
This was such a beautiful and heartbreaking story about grief and pain and love. I loved it so so much - a new favourite!
Isabelle
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gideon forever has my heart and that is all I will say about this book without crying.
Faith
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I so did not expect that to be so good.
Star
Book content warnings: suicide, self-harm mentions, depression, mental health issues, non-graphic violence.

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Joan
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Anna
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
there were a lot of things I love about this, aside from the gorgeous cover.
I felt it attempted to show the effects of mental illness, not just have them talk about how sad they are. it actually impacts Gideon and Ava's lives in the opening scenes of the novel.
I also love the depiction of seeing a psychologist (you can tell I'm a psych student). It's presented really positively. They liked their psyc, they didn't see them because they were "mad", and it's was helpful
both teens liked their par
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Rob De
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having had the pleasure of meeting Claire at this years Text award night I was very keen to read her book. It was the winner of the Text award last year, which automatically guarantees it will be published, emphasising why it is such a great award for up and coming authors.
It is a truly touching story of broken and damaged young people trying to navigate their way through real problems. The two main characters are the essence of the story- Ava, whose best friend has committed suicide, and Gideon
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Clare Snow
TW: Suicide, Self harm

I have things to say, including: I finished 3 days before book group! WTF I'm sure book groupers have things to say too. I might write things after.

And reading this finished my two February Book Challenges. Didn't think that was gonna happen.

I love this cover. It has shiny.
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Claire Christian is a novelist and playwright who lives in Brisbane. She has had three plays published by Playlab, and her play Bloom was shortlisted for the Griffin Award in 2009. She was one of the YWCA Queensland 125 leading women in 2013. Beautiful Mess won the Text Prize for Young Adult & Children's Writing in 2016. ...more

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