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Ady - not the confident A-Lister she appears to be.
Kate - brainy boarder taking risks to pursue the music she loves.
Clem - disenchanted swim-star losing her heart to the wrong boy.

All are targeted by PSST, a toxic website that deals in gossip and lies. St Hilda's antidote to the cyber-bullying? The Year 10 Wellness program. Nice try - but sometimes all it takes is three girls.

439 pages, Paperback

First published September 1, 2017

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Cath Crowley

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Author of Words in Deep Blue, A Little Wanting Song (Chasing Charlie Duskin), Graffiti Moon and the Gracie series.

Take Three Girls, a collaboration with Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood, is out in September 2017.

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130 reviews940 followers
May 15, 2021
I received this book for free from Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I first heard about this, I was so incredibly excited to get my hands on it as not only is it written by three incredible #LoveOzYA authors, but it tackles feminism, identity, bullying and friendship!

Take Three Girls follows three girls (funnily enough) named Ady, Clem and Kate as they go through Year 10 at an all girls school in Melbourne. Ady is a day student who is part of the popular crowd, but we see her questioning popularity and her relationships. She also has a shitty home life that she keeps utmost secret. Clem is one of the boarders and a member of the school swim team, until she ends up taking time off for an injury and realises that swimming is not all of who she is as a person while getting involved with the wrong boy. Another one of the boarders, Kate, is not only incredibly intelligent, but incredibly in love with music. She plays the cello and starts to discover that your dreams can change. Ady, Clem and Kate all end up bonding after each becoming victim to vicious rumours spread by a student run gossip site and we get to see their friendship with eachother develop while learning more about each of them as people.
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1,401 reviews11.7k followers
April 9, 2022
It was nice to revisit my old Australian author faves who don't regularly publish anymore. Australian YA lit definitely has its own vibe and different level of maturity.
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1,006 reviews3,605 followers
November 13, 2017
This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

It’s easy for online trolls to hide behind the anonymity of the internet, but when you know it’s someone at school, it makes it even harder to get away from.

At this private girls school, cyber bullying is addressed through Wellness class, which inspires positive self reflection. Told through lesson plans, excerpts from the PSST website, and diary entries from each of three main characters – you can almost picture this happening at any high school.

I loved how Take Three Girls deals throws the notion of perfection out the window. On the surface, it follows three talented girls who have achieved a lot, and appear to have their futures set out for them. Clem is a swimming superstar, Kate is a talented cello player, and Ady has an eye for fashion design. But as you get to know them through their own perspectives and through the other girls, you discover that they’re just like us, with their own hopes, dreams, worries and fears.

By looking beneath the surface, we find out what they’re really dealing with. From sibling rivalry, to family substance abuse, secret talents and hidden kisses, there’s a lot more going on here behind the scenes. All this is going on with the misogynist website PSST watching in the sidelines – ready to post about any slip up. Although I guessed who the culprit was early on, it was still an intriguing read with many lessons to be learnt along the way.

These three girls each learn their own lessons in life – about finding out who their real friends are. About pursuing your own talents and dreams without trying to please others. About being able to make mistakes, in love and in life, but also falling back on your own two feet and going where life takes you. I loved Clem’s naivety, Kate’s braininess and Ady’s penchant for detail. It’s these quirks that made them feel so real and relatable.

I also loved how Take Three Girls dealt with female empowerment through friendship. As Ady learns, it’s not about competing with each other, showing off, or trying to get on top of the pecking order. It’s about loving and accepting each other for who you are, supporting each other through your weak spots, and also just learning to listen and understand. There’s a heavy dose of feminism, with an apt contrast between how guys felt about the misogyny on PSST (taking it as a joke) and how demeaning the women found it.

Part of high school for some teenagers is also to discover falling in love, pursuing crushes, and having sex for the first time. Each of these girls experience different types of romantic relationships, including bisexuality and sexual fluidity.

Take Three Girls is an empowering feminist read, with friendship, self-reflection and growth at its heart. Told in such a refreshing and heart warming way, it still manages to remain warm and fuzzy despite some of the heavier topics. It’s a wonderful #LoveOzYA book about friendship, feminism, and self-discovery, which I really enjoyed!
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1,106 reviews299 followers
August 29, 2017
Gather your girl gang and fight the patriarchy!

The private boarding school of Saint Hilda's promotes excellence in academic pursuits so when a website begins to engage in targeted student abuse, the prestigious school begins a Wellness initiative to promote well being and self reflection. The Private School Secrets Tracker website engages in defamation to humiliates female students, sharing personal information and encouraging concealed users to engage in abuse. Young women defined by their bodies, sexuality and social standing.

The improbable companionship between Kate, Clementine and Adelaide is wonderful. Kate is an astute and enthusiastic music student and although wistful, Kate relies upon her scholarship to attend school. Adelaide is an extrovert who is often callous and judgemental, enduring her father's addiction and dissolution of marriage while exploring a bisexual relationship. Clementine is a former athlete rediscovering her personal identity and navigating her first sexual relationship. Her relationship with sister Iris has surpassed the boundaries of sibling rivalry and often socially isolated one another.

The Private School Secrets Tracker degrades female adolescents and the societal and psychological and ramifications are disquieting. I enjoyed the discussion of the toxicity of online communities. The website was incredibly confronting and reminiscent of the online abuse women on social media experience consistently. Take Three Girls reinforces the significance of female solidarity and empowerment, encouraged by the Wellness initiative as part of the school curriculum in response to the toxic, damaging website.

I imagine the girl friendly world. Streets at night full of girls and women, god, it would be so lovely. Walking anywhere we want, wearing anything we want, staying out late, shouting, singing, drinking. Never worrying about attracting unwanted attention from dickheads. All the taxis and Ubers driven by women, so you don't have to sit there holding your phone, ready to instant dial for help if they take a wrong turn on the way home.

Take Three Girls is a journey of discovery, identity and acceptance. I enjoyed the journal aspects throughout the storyline, each narrative examining how rumour and innuendo influences our mental wellness, confidence and self esteem. Beautifully written, significant and empowering.

Imagine slipping out for a full moon midnight walk just because you could. We'd start to swagger, we'd own the streets, own the night.

Wouldn't we just.
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3,685 reviews1,007 followers
July 31, 2020
Trigger warnings: misogyny, slut shaming, fat shaming, homophobia, drug/alcohol addiction, bullying, cyberbulling, creepy older dudes hitting on schoolgirls.

I've been meaning to reread this book for a while now, and for whatever reason I've found it difficult to pick up in 2020. But I'm glad I did because the voices of these three characters are absolutely delightful and it was kind of hilarious seeing how many [insert my workplace here] touches were included in the story (one of the authors is an alumnus).

Kate is definitely my favourite of the three narrators, followed by Ady and then Clem. I definitely related to Kate, the studious musician, the most of the three. But I also loved her story because I loved the antagonistic and ultimately delightful relationship between Kate and Oliver. Ady's transition from Queen Bee to quirky arty kid seemed sliiiiiiightly extra considering the book takes place over the course of a term. And while Clem's story gave me a lot of feelings (Stu can go die in a fire, please and thank you), there was also something about the way she treated her sister that I just...yeah. It made me slightly uncomfortable and I can't put my finger on why... Anyway, this was fun and fast-paced and compelling and emotional and very very real, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I've been excited about this since I heard the authors reading an excerpt from it at the 2016 YA Showcase at the State Library in December of last year. So I may have squeed more than a little when I saw it for sale at the shop at the Melbourne Writers Festival over the weekend. And I read it pretty much straight away, because reasons.

This follows the story of three teenage girls at a snooty private school in Melbourne. Ady is dealing with her parents fighting constantly, with her father being out of work, and with her friends...not being particularly friendly. Clem is a former swimmer who isn't sure who she is after an injury. She's also not sure how she feels about her twin sister, Iris. And Kate is the quiet, studious country girl who wants nothing more than to make amazing cutting edge music on her cello.

The three girls are forced together by a wellness/positive education program at school, but they really start to bond over a godawful anonymous website dedicated to slut shaming and secret sharing girls at the local private schools.

As someone who spends 40 hours a week around 16 year old girls, this is pretty damned accurate. As someone who spends 40 hours a week in a place that emphasises the importance of positive education, the reaction the students have to the program (groans, mostly) is authentic.

There are friendship dramas, relationship dramas, family dramas, inappropriate relationships, and a whole host of feminism, female empowerment, and humour. I loved all three characters, although Kate's story is probably the one I related to the most of the three. I loved that it's not a conclusive, definitive ending. And I loved just how very Melbourne it is. BRB, shoving this book at teenagers.
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Author 8 books851 followers
September 19, 2017
I first heard that Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood were writing a book together around two years ago. I was so excited - they are three of my favourite writers - and I marvelled that they were able to collaborate while working simultaneously on individual projects.

The end result is a brilliant book. It would be well crafted if it was written by a single author, but the fact it has three creators makes it even more impressive. It reads seamlessly, and I love how the three girls’ stories intertwine so cleverly.

As you’d expect, the writing is sublime, the characters nuanced and the plot engaging. And the topic of cyber bullying has never been more timely, with another tragic teen death recently here in Australia following online abuse. In Take Three Girls, the PSST posts and comments are brutal and obscene and are a reminder of how insidious online trolls can be behind their facade of anonymity.

But Take Three Girls also has a wonderful a sense of fun, a love of life and celebrates the power of honest friendship. Clem, Ady and Kate are real. They swear, they make bad choices, they misjudge family and friends…and they learn how to be true to themselves.

The construct of the Wellness Journal also works beautifully, with its thought provoking prompts at the beginning of each ‘week'. The book handles positive messaging around self esteem, body image and feminism without being heavy handed, and could easily double as a useful resource for readers.

This is novel that will spark important conversations. It’s also a cracking read. :)

Highly recommended
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391 reviews97 followers
September 14, 2017
Take Three Girls is full of Feminism, female friendship, family, online bullying, wellness, misogyny, kissing, and highschool.

Take Three Girls is a book that made my heart so happy whilst dealing with some real issues. I saw so much of my own highschool in this story and while it was enraging to see all the online bullying and slut shaming it’s all unfortunately just apart of highschool. It would be cool if everyone was nice and educated but it takes time, and perhaps it takes three girls to change the ways things are, even for a little bit.

Three Girls who seemingly only have the same school in common are forced to buddy up for Wellness class based on the size of their thumbs and not much else. One a star swimmer who doesn’t want to swim, another an A+ student looking for a scholarship and faced with giving up her passion of music to pursue a career of medicine, the third a popular girl sick of the hate and slander and feeling the weight of her family press down on her shoulders.

Kate: A country girl living in the dorms of school, A+ student working hard for a scholarship to ease some financial pressure off her parents she knows the safe route is to study hard and get into medical school but her hearts drawn to music, faced with a solid career path or to follow her passion she’s torn. Kate is soft, nice, and an all round amazing human who I’d love to be friends with.

Clem: A twin without the super close relationship that is assumed comes with all twins, known for her swimming talents everyone has set expectations of her and she’s sick of them. Clem was one of my favourite characters dealing with the unknowns of what she really wants to do with life, she’s sex positive as well as having self-image issues stemmed from idealistic body standards and bullying. She’s rash but her journey and character arc was my favourite.

Ady: A kick ass girl whose a marshmallow under it all. Ady isn’t the best student, doesn’t have the nicest of friends and can be a bitch with the rest of them but aren’t we all. Ady’s family is falling apart, she’s sick of her boyfriend, wants more out of her friend group, and has amazing dreams, she just needs a jump to kickstart the rest of her life.

It’s so hard to put these three character’s story into a review, there is just so much depth to each and every one of the characters I want to include all 400 pages of awesomeness so you can see for yourselves. I can’t wait for everyone to read about them and fall in love with them as much as I did.

This story is essentially about the power of friendship, the support of teens, and kicking misogynist asses, also kissing.

If you’re looking for three kick ass unlikely friends all with different dreams and aspirations just within their grasp, lifting each other up to reach them then this is the book for you.

Hey even if you’re just looking for some soft boys and a swoon worthy w/w relationship Take Three Girls is it.

Check out the review on my blog if ya want :D

I’d like to thank Pan mac for allowing me an early copy in exchange for an honest review
Author 9 books273 followers
November 8, 2017
Three talented girls form an unlikely friendship at a posh-as girls' high school while taking life paths they didn't expect they were going to take. A LOT happens in this book, probably because it was written by three people who could have formed a novel out of each of these girls' storylines with one arms tied behind their backs.

The best thing about Take Three Girls for me was the writing. Co (tri?)-penned by two of my favourite OzYA authors, Cath Crowley and Fiona Wood, and Simmone Howell, who I'm yet to read, the language and the descriptions are really very lovely at times.

(For my queer reading buddies who like a f/f storyline, there's a wee one in there, but it's a very small part of the plot.)

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569 reviews
August 16, 2017
* Girls sticking up for girls and bringing down misogyny
* Family and friendship and ambition
* One of the girls is also bi which was a nice surprise

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538 reviews34 followers
October 2, 2018
3.5 Stars
‘It can’t be a girl—what girl would say stuff like that?’
‘It’s because we’re brought up to be all nice and smiley and agreeable. It’s not acceptable for girls to act on their aggressions, so we have to get creative. At least boys get to duke it out.’

Take Three Girls takes three girls who otherwise don't associate with each other and throws them into a situation where they have to.
Kate, Addy and Clem attend a private school in Melbourne, Australia where the PSST, a toxic online bullying website, has prompted the school to include Wellness classes into it's curriculum in order to show that they're doing something about the bullying. Even though that something isn't a whole lot.
Kate, Addy and Clem are assigned into a group using the one thing that cements all female friendships, the size of their thumbs.

I'll be honest, I was very tempted to DNF this book a few times. I felt it was a little too long for the story the three authors were trying to tell but other than that I rather enjoyed it.

I did go in expecting a grittier story, however, I am glad it was on the lighter side. I need a reprieve after reading Far From You and Dangerous Girls. It was a great look into what it's like to be a teenage girl and how important healthy friendships are at such a influential time.

My favourite chapters were from Addy's point of view, as she faced the sudden realization that her father was a alcoholic and drug addict and I loved that her sexuality was so matter of fact, even though her identity was never explicitly told (I really wished it had been, but I'll take what I can get).

Overall this was a decent and enjoyable novel but it's unlikely to stick in my mind years from now.

The bonds of girl friendship can be tight to the point of strangulation, and no one’s going to start trippy skipping from group to group. Teachers don’t get the most basic stuff sometimes.

I read this book as part of my 2018 Library Love binge, where I read as many library books as possible to take advantage of my great local library network before I move interstate!
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202 reviews260 followers
September 28, 2017
A super fun, relatable, realistic portrayal of being a teenage girl and being in high school, and I loved it. Loved the friendship and feminism focus, and it was just overall a really enjoyable read.
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860 reviews219 followers
March 26, 2021
3.5 stars

read on my blog

rep: bisexual protagonist, wlw love interest
cw: body shaming, sexism, drug addiction, alcoholism

**I received an ARC from Edelweiss. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

A part of me that I didn’t know existed spoke for the first time.
It makes me wonder what else is there, waiting to appear.

I’ve enjoyed a lot of contemporary Australian YA, from two of these authors in fact, so I was really excited for the US release of this book! It was really interesting reading each author’s take on a character. Take Three Girls finds three girls at their own personal crossroads yet on their way to making an unlikely friendship.

After breaking her wrist, Clem is coming to terms with the fact that she no longer wants to swim because of time off as well as gaining weight. She’s dating an older boy and finding herself more enamored with him than anything else. Meanwhile, Kate is realizing that she’d rather pursue music than medicine, but she needs the academic scholarship to stay at this school. Ady is dealing with her family falling apart as well as finally being fed up with her superficial friends and single-minded boyfriend. They’re placed in a group in “Wellness” class and reluctantly agree to hang out; meanwhile, a gossip website called PSST spreads lies and widely name-calls.

Each author wrote one character’s chapters, so the three protagonists read very distinctly and each have their own voice. Their narratives weave together seamlessly. Some events are repeated, but I enjoyed having different perspectives on things.

I also enjoyed the romances! Kate and Oliver have a strong dislike-to-love thing going on but they gradually bond over music. Ady breaks up with her boyfriend and crushes on a girl who goes to another school, Max; I liked that there was no big realization and coming-to-terms when Ady realizes she likes Max.

Oh, and I loved this one scene where Ady knits a sweater that is included in Fiona Wood’s Cloudwish, which I adore. This was a small thing but I really loved.

While I did enjoy this book, I just thought it was much too long. I loved the character arcs and all, but I thought a lot of the beginning could have been cut with the same effect. At first, I really only cared about Kate’s chapters and grew to like Ady. Clem’s chapters, however, took much longer to get into for me, but that’s probably because I always really hate the “older guy preys on teenage girl” plot line.

I also thought the PSST plot line was much more underlying that I thought it would be? That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially because the book much more focuses on each protagonist’s character development, but it felt like we were really just meandering towards a bigger plot.

Take Three Girls was an uplifting story of female empowerment as well as personal development. I liked the characters and how well their stories mended together. I think you’ll enjoy this book if you like girls taking down the patriarchy!

original review:

I enjoyed this but I found it on the long side…
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317 reviews53 followers
December 14, 2017
4'5/5 estrellas

Si tuviera que describir este libro en una palabra, sería: necesario.

Take Three Girls es un libro que todos deberíamos leer una vez en la vida, simplemente por los temas tan importantes y actuales que trata. El bullying, el feminismo, la sexualidad, la búsqueda de identidad, la autoestima, las elecciones, la adicción, la presión social, etc. etc. Me atrevería, incluso, a decir que toca prácticamente todos los temas que conciernen actualmente a nuestra sociedad. Deberíamos concienciarnos más con este tipo de cosas, para poder evolucionar hacia una sociedad mejor, más libre y más justa. Pero el hecho de que no se tengan mucho en cuenta, es lo que causa el caos en el que vivimos, en el que todo el mundo hace lo que quiere, da igual el daño que cause con ello.

Un punto más a favor, a parte de lo ya comentado, sería la manera en la que está planteado el libro. Cada capítulo está narrado desde el punto de vista de cada una de las protagonistas, junto con unas pequeñas sesiones al principio de cada ciertos capítulos. En estas se plantea un tema, con una serie de frases, cuestiones y discusiones, sobre los cuáles las protagonistas reflexionarán en los capítulos siguientes. Aunque no solo ellas, nosotros también. Además, aparecen escritos de las propias protagonistas respondiendo a las cuestiones que se han planteado, lo que ayuda aún más a conocerlas de manera profunda y clara. Luego también hay extractos de la web PSST, la cúal es la causante de la mayoría de los problemas.

Ady y Kate han sido desde un principio mis personajes favoritos, me ha encantado la pasión con la que realizan aquello que más les gusta, pero también la pasión con la que luchan por conseguir aquello que más desean sin importar lo que les digan, solo en lo que ellas creen. Por otro lado, Clem ha sido un personaje con el que he sentido un amor-odio. Al principio, no la soportaba, pero a medida que avanzaba en la lectura entendía el porqué se comportaba como lo hacía. Es una chica muy insegura, con problemas de autoestima y que pasa por situaciones muy difíciles, pero al final se levanta y les hace frente como Dios manda.

En conclusión, por todo lo comentado, me alegro mucho de haberle dado una oportunidad a este libro. Me ha sorprendido mucho y para bien, y me ha hecho reflexionar cada dos por tres. ¡Recomendadísimo!
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300 reviews10 followers
September 9, 2017
3.5 stars!
I did enjoy this cute contemporary. The start was a bit painful and I couldn't stand Clem but she got better.
Kate was by far my favourite and I would have been happy with a whole book about her but it was interesting having the different perspectives.
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24 reviews9 followers
June 23, 2017
One million stars out of five!! I will write a proper review a bit closer to the release date and hopefully then I can form more coherent words and emotions
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600 reviews3 followers
September 11, 2017
When I heard that these three amazing women were writing a book together I was so excited to read it, and now that I have I am feeling slightly saddened that I read it in two sittings and it is finished.
Take Three Girls was fantastic and it is definitely one of my top reads of the year.
I am all about characters and these three girls stormed their way into my heart, each in their own way. I can honestly say that I love them to bits, and their stories will continue on for me.
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960 reviews98 followers
December 9, 2017
Take Three Girls
"As usual, I don't know which way is north, but I know the direction of beauty."

Last month my Book Group did Take Three Girls by a trio of prodigious writers, writing a stunning story.
"I open the tram window and cup my hand at the air, trying to catch it for later, so it's what I take home from the night."

As much as I love the story, it's so looooong. When will we have a ban on all books more than 200 pages. Hence, I didn't finish reading before Book Group. This happens often and usually leads to my non-attendance. Strangely I made it to Book Group last month. Of course, everyone else had read the book, so then I got spoiled. Unlike most of the world, I don't mind spoilers - it makes for a different reading experience, not a worse one.
"So I just stand here on the warm floor, in my bare feet, on a small island of sun, till it moves into shadow."

Take Three Girls was universally liked at Book Group. No one else has my aversion to romance, that ending made me grind my teeth (oops spoiler). As a romance hater, I wonder why I subject myself to Cath Crowley, over and over. Probably due to her sublime talent for wrangling words into wonder.
"I am filled with the thought that there's nothing more thrilling than all those things in your future, waiting to be known."

Fiona Wood has been known to write an un-romance (my fav genre) but she couldn't sway her co-writers.
"I'm weak-kneed in love with beauty every single day."

Now for romance's partner in crime - sex. The rest of this is a rant about the importance of sex and self esteem in books for teenagers. If you don't like that, read Take Three Girls, then get over yourself.
"The third viola staring at the first violin while she thinks about sex. I can hear it in her eyes. It's a slow, slow slide. Blinking heat and the sweetness of C."

Some of the things the girls say are so obviously not things a teenager would think. Particularly in Ady's parts - Fiona Wood's adult knowledge shines through.
"What's true is I'm a virgin. Not that being a virgin is a virtue. But it is a fact."

I know teenagers can be as articulate as Fiona Wood, but this sounds so unlike the thoughts of someone in the middle of being slut-shamed. She's reading lies about her sexual experiences for the first time and the attached horrendous online comments. (Stop reading Ady!) Most people's emotions would have taken over, rather than logical thoughts like this. Mentioning it in a Wellness class discussion might be more believeable. Although, when Ady mentioned difference in female genitalia in the class, the first thing I thought was - that's Fiona Wood (I remember the line from Wildlife.) Turns out, I'm never happy.

My saying this, makes me sound like a knowledge-entitled old person:
When you're my age, kiddo... *shakes walking stick*

Now everyone has a clear picture of me in their mind, let's continue. Time to stop reading like an adult and agree it's important for teenagers to learn these facts and ideas as early as possible - whether from parents, sex ed, Wellness class, or their peers. A first person YA book can be as effective as peers, especially if a girl then discusses what she reads with her friends. (As much as I would love boys to read this book, I'm not sure many would.)
"We are crossing lines. I don't know what they are exactly, though. Or where they lead."

And how old are these readers? The authors are aiming at 13-16 year olds. My fellow book-groupers are not in agreement. This probably has to do with most being high school teachers/ librarians and thinking of the complaints from parents. Ah, censorship, how we hate you. They recommend it to 16-17 year olds. I think, the younger the better. Teenagers need to be shaping their ideas about sex and relationships as early as possible, and be happy to talk about sex with their parents and teachers, as well as friends - who don't necessarily know it all. A fellow book-grouper said her 12 year old granddaughter loved Take Three Girls and could discern the authors' voices from the three characters.

If parents need tips for talking with their children about sex and relationships, Talk Soon, Talk Often is a helpful resource from HealthyWA. Might also help them stop complaining to school about sex in books. One fact from Talk Soon, Talk Often: children who learn about sex from parents and school are more likely to start having sex later. Did I mention that's a fact - see the Reference below.*

Back to Take Three Girls and that Wellness class. Even while hating the wasted time, the girls take things from the class and use them in their lives. Including the teaching materials and the girls' journals is a clever addition to the timeline of the story and shows them learning and growing from their awful experiences. And teachers can use the discussion points. A fellow book grouper said she used one of the questions with a student.
"No one has missed me. The world hasn't ended, but it feels like it has."

Despite my homily about sex, the book is more about friendship and how important friends are in surviving the trials of adolescence. And feminism - a whole lot of kick-ass feminism.
"I hear longing in these notes. They go all the way to the past and forward to some future where I haven't yet arrived."

During Book Group we listened to an interview with the authors from Books & Arts on ABC's RN. Have a listen to find out how Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood came to write Take Three Girls.

*Kirby, Douglas (2001) Emerging Answers: Research findings on programs to reduce teen pregnancy. National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Washington, DC.

This is from my blog http://ofceilingwax.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/three-girls-and-a-bunch-of-lies/
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1,065 reviews59 followers
January 13, 2018
Take Three Girls is contemporary #LoveOzYA fiction at its best. And yet, Take Three Girls is transferable to any society, any country which experiences the troubles of bullying, social media dangers, and relationship breakdown. With a no-holds-barred approach, Take Three Girls takes some serious and seriously important topics and meets them head on. What results is an open, honest, and refreshing novel that clears the way for some vital conversations.

Clem, Ady, and Kate. Three girls who attend the same school, but who otherwise don’t have a lot in common. Or at least, don’t think they do. When these three girls, like many others, are targeted by an abusive website spreading horrifying false information and sexual harassment, they are thrown together, not only in class but as they face the challenges of a cruel online world and culture.

This book’s title and synopsis might reference three girls, but really it is about hundreds of girls attending a high school, thousands of girls affected by a website spreading online bullying and abuse, and millions of girls and women facing the same abuse and culture of abuse around the world. In this way, Take Three Girls is about so much more than just three girls, but it does show how three girls can change the way they view each other and themselves, and how offering support rather than further abuse or criticism can make such a difference.

As I write these words, the news is reporting the suicide of a young girl, attributed to bullying and online abuse. Surely books like Take Three Girls can only help to raise awareness that words or pictures shared online (or indeed face-to-face) can have such a devastating and lasting impact.

Take Three Girls is well-written, and cleverly incorporates documents from the school wellness program, chapters from each of the three girls’ perspective, and letters which they have written to themselves. The balancing of the three writing styles that have combined in this book is flawless.

Take Three Girls is brutally open and honest about sensitive topics. Sex, sexual harassment, drug addiction (in adults), relationships with older men, sibling relationships, family breakdown, body image, financial troubles, and of course bullying and cyber bullying, are all handled with much needed honesty. Mixed with topics of sport, music, passions and dreams, fashion, art, positive relationships, LGBT, and friendship, Take Three Girls provides an ultimately hopeful and approachable book.

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397 reviews22 followers
November 5, 2017
St. Hilda's Grammar School. Hotbed of teenage girl angst. Ady, Clem and Kate have nothing in common other than the school they attend.

At first it's hard to distinguish the individual voices of the characters. The tone and language used for each girl is so similar that they don't appear to have any differences, but there are enough hooks thrown out to keep you reading. Intriguing, was what I posted to the feed.

However, the further I read, the more I learned about each girl, and they began to un-homogenise. Ady, Kate and Clem are reluctantly grouped together through a random school exercise. And as they learn about each other, so do we. We begin to care. We begin to care a lot.

As I read, I was thrown back to being a teenager. On the cusp of adulthood, but without the life experience to make smart choices. To invest everything in another, only to be kicked to the curb. To be oblivious to the snide remarks while they are being made, later mortified in the realisation, and hot with shame at the implications and injustice of it all. With no voice to protest, to tell the truth, to set the story straight.

I found myself wishing that I had read this book back then. Perhaps I would have made some better choices. Perhaps it might not have taken so long to like myself for who I am, to be able to stand tall in my needy nerdiness, to stand with others in their own quirky, interesting world.


Or not.

Teenagers are weird. I remember it well. Sometimes, if everything aligns in the right way, you can embrace the weirdness. Maybe not every day. But most days. In their author bio, Cath, Simmone and Fiona are described as being 'in touch with their respective inner teenagers'. That they are, dear readers, that they are.

Read Take Three Girls. You won't regret it. And you may also recognise yourself along the way.
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373 reviews246 followers
September 12, 2017
Hurricane Irma Power Outage Read #1 I love all three of these authors so I was super excited for this and it delivered in that special Aussie YA way. Anyone know who wrote which character? I have some suspicions but my cell data lasts about 30 seconds a pop before going back out again and I am LAZY.
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744 reviews37 followers
October 20, 2017
A pleasant and fun read regarding friendship and identity. This encouraged me to self reflect, however, I had trouble distinguishing between the three POVs
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587 reviews17 followers
January 1, 2019
I wasn't expecting much from this book when I first went into it. I actually got this in a subscription box and it wasn't something I would have bought but it blew me away. It was actually amazing.
This book kind of really reminded me of One of us is Lying but Karen M. McMannus but without the murder of a school kind. The gossip website though, totally relatable.
I love the way that these three main characters (Clem, Kate and Ady) come together and would have never been friends if they weren't pushed together in a wellness program. But they all have stuff going on underneath the personas they show the people around them and you really get to know they and its amazing.
It's also set in Australia which is something I don't get to see very often! It was a really enjoyable story and also just a real representation of girls when they are 16 and what you can go through and it's not like a movie in this book.
Also I loved all the romances (EXCEPT STU, F**K YOU) and it was cute and great but all the female friend ship was just . . . so good.
This was seriously so amazing.
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173 reviews
June 18, 2017
I loved loved loved this book. Such an interesting idea of having three different authors taking on three different girls. It worked so well and it's just a beautiful piece of YA literature.

Would totally recommend this to so many people. Also has such an awesome Melbourne vibe, and very authentically Australian.
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