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The Centre of My Everything

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Justin’s back, and wants to put the past behind him.

Corey’s a footy hero and high-school dropout who can’t even find work picking fruit.

Tara wants to be loved. But if her mother doesn’t care, why would anyone else?

Margo wants out, and she has a plan to get there.

Plans change. Life happens. Some secrets won’t stay buried. Peace isn’t as simple as laying bones to rest.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 29th 2018 by Random House Australia
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Ryan Buckby
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trigger Warning: Rape *just a side note this book does deal with rape and some other topics so please keep that in mind before reading this book*

I wasn't expecting this book to pack this big of a punch, it was so real and honest and i really enjoyed this book.

The plot and characters were all very well fleshed out and these characters to me seem some of the most real lot i have ever had the privilege of reading. Allayne finally did something that i want seen done in more YA novels is characte
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Centre of My Everything is an Australian contemporary grounded in realism with complex characters, shocking moments and a feeling of hope. It was the first novel I’ve read by Allayne Webster and I absolutely loved it. I liked how she wrote about the issues of heavy drinking, rape, racism and growing up in a small Australian town.

I liked the main four characters. Each had a unique voice and felt like real people. My favourite was Margo, a straight A student who gets caught up in the problems
Brooklyn Tayla
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
That was easily one of the most thought provoking, powerful and emotive reads I've read in some time! Initially, I wasn't sure where it was headed, but within the first 50 pages, something happened that left me feeling SO SHOOK and honestly I could not believe what I'd read! I felt like I had to double back and read over it again, honestly it was so disturbing yet so raw and honestly I still feel so speechless! The characters were all so unique and memorable too, like, honestly, their emotions w ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! So raw and real. Multiple points of view give a full story and allow the reader to really understand motives and the reasons behind behaviour and actions. A cautionary tale about binge drinking without laying blame for appalling behaviour on the victim. So respectful of young people. We don't always make the smartest decisions when we're young, but bad decisions don't necessarily have to define the rest of our lives. This is a story of forgiveness, but also a study of how those bad dec ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Trigger warnings; sexual assault, rape, racism, abuse, alcoholism

Wow. The Centre of My Everything was phenomenal. I did not expect to be sucked in to the book in the way that I was - I could not stop turning the pages. I'm truly struggling to put into words how much I loved this book.

In The Centre of My Everything, Allayne tackles some really difficult topics, and she does it in a really great way. This book is so raw, honest and real, that at times, it hurts to read it. But it is one of those
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such an incredible story that took me on a roller coaster of emotions. It covered so many dark and serious problems which were handled really well. The complex characters I found were realistic teenagers, and I loved seeing their development over the course of the story.

I cried a couple times...


I also read this during the #Superheroathon, and covered the topic of CAPTAIN AMERICA: a book that represents your country.
Krystal Gagen-Spriggs
This is pretty full on. Very "Ocker"Australian with some in-your-face characters and big issues. I found that I ended up feeling a little cold towards the characters due to the sheer amount of tragedy in this story for everyone. I could see the end game coming, the twists and shock moments were predictable to me, but I did appreciate the way in which certain clues unfolded. This is one of those times where an epilogue set in the future would have been a relief so that I knew they got out ok afte ...more
Lynette Washington
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book will sit in my heart for a very long time. I adored it. Told from the point of view of 4 teenagers living in Mildura, it is raw, honest, heartbreaking and uncompromising, but ultimately hopeful and redemptive. It does not pull its punches as it examines alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, violence and parental neglect. I fell in love with each of the characters and recognised them as people very quickly. It was heartbreaking to watch them make terrible choices. But my heart soared ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a stunning example of Aussie YA. I'm not usually one for dramas or mysteries, but I really enjoyed this book. The only drawback would be perhaps the slightly rushed ending, and the number of characters (which I always struggle with tbh). Heavy on the Australian accent so if that isn't your thing, maybe skip it. A wonderful story based on small town life and coming of age.

cw: several descriptions of suicide, sexual assault, child sexual assault, domestic violence, general violence, heav
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
The Centre of My Everything is a raw and gripping tale following Justin, Corey, Tara and Margo who are inextricably linked by events that happened before they are born and the aftermaths of two alcohol fuelled nights.

At first I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this much but the story drew me in really quickly. It's funny, intense and equal parts moving and gut-wrenching. Webster captures the individual voices of our four leads really well, all four perspectives are told in first person and ea
Liz Derouet
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves-of-2018
This book was really good, characters were authentic and not contrived, plot realistic and engaging. My review will be appearing on my blog soon! ...more
Kristin Martin
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that Allayne Webster wrote this book. If it was written by an author who I did not admire so much, I wouldn't have even picked it up- it is aimed at a far younger reader than me, and the subject matter did not interest me at all. But I admire Allayne so much as a writer that I bought it, opened it, started reading and could barley put it down. It is a wonderful book. The characters, who I initially did not relate to, and initially did not particularly like, developed beautifully. I ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I would have given this 5 stars if not for the fact that it was rather slow in the beginning. That being said, this was such a beautiful story. Not only did it talk about topics that are real but it demonstrates it in a very realistic way. *Trigger warning* (view spoiler) And because of this, I started to like her character. Although she was a racist in the beginning (which is ...more
Michelle Worthington
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Centre of My Everything is quintessential Australia. It is funny, crude, intense, moving and gut-wrenching. It isn’t always an easy read, but it is a book that will stay with you long after you read it and aren’t these still the best books. The books that make you think, question and wonder.
Shana Weerakoon
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started this book expecting it to be a cheesy contemporary novel set against the racist backdrop of quintessential Australia. How glad I am to have been wrong. When things started heating up, I didn’t feel like anything was happening too fast, or that anything was too far fetched. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Touches on so many topics relevant to youth today: rape, consent, toxic masculinity, binge drinking, race, mental health and self destructive behaviour. A realistic, sympathetic, cautionary tale. Not patronising or preachy, with flawed, relatable characters.
Ruth Gilbert
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! this is a really impressive, exciting, moving book. It puts you in the head of every teenage character and tackles some serious issues without being preachy. Fantastic!
Pam Saunders
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Tried a couple of times to read this but I couldn't connect with the characters or their actions. I might be too old! ...more
Zoe Hodgetts
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a slow burn. It crept up. Took you by the jugular and just pushed you along. Really great.
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After reading this I want to read everything this author has written
Leonie Stephenson
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actually 4 1/2 stars
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
can't wait to reread this ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Raw, confronting story with a rollercoaster of events and characters whose lives have been marked by the past and who are now trying to make sense of the present and move forward.
Sonya Bates
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A young adult book for older teens, this is a confronting but passionate read. The story is told from the perspective of four teens living in a small town in South Australia. As the blurb on the back says:
‘Justin’s back, and wants to put the past behind him.
Corey’s a footy hero and high-school dropout who can’t even find work picking fruit.
Tara wants to be loved. But if her mother doesn’t care, why would anyone else?
Margo wants out, and she has a plan to get there.’
Webster holds nothing back in
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Allayne grew up in a coastal fishing town in rural South Australia. During her high school days, Allayne became of obsessed with Judy Blume. The only thing she wanted for her thirteenth birthday was the novel, 'Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret.'

As a teenager, Allayne wrote her first epic novel inside three 96 page lined workbooks. Kids in her class wanted to know, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Allayne's

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