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Making Friends with Alice Dyson

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  73 reviews
My hand, which is following a stray pencil rolling across the floor, stops dead right in front of two ratty green sneakers.
My gaze follows the shoes up over long legs to a towering figure.
I stand abruptly.
Tall, black eyes, messy hair, a permanent scowl on a permanently angry face. Our school’s delinquent, a waster, the kind of boy who always sits at the back of class. The
Paperback, 276 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Wakefield Press
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C.G. Drews
This was so soft and adorable, the kind of contemporary that tugs at your heart. It captured what it is to be shy so well and w o w if this book isn’t relatable to those of us who work extra hard (especially in highschool) to cover up the fact that making friends is hard. Super hard. Alice is like an Australian-Hermione (or Amy from Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and I adored her instantly. She’s so torn between keeping to herself vs giving a kind word to anyone who needs it. THE PUREST CHILD.

And let’s tal
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Was asked to provide an endorsement quote for this book, because it was 1000% up my alley as a smart & steely Aussie YA romance.

So this was my full quote about the book that I absolutely ADORED:

Don't judge a book by its cover, and don't listen to the rumours about Teddy Taualai!

‘Making Friends with Alice Dyson’ is a sweet contemporary romance about growing up, growing apart, and getting to know someone before it's too late. A tender and true debut about the power of friendship and the trust i
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweet, awkward and wonderfully authentic, Alice begins to have many new experiences in her last year of High School - when all she wants to be doing is study.

The tale of an awkwardly shy book nerd breaking slowly out of her comfort zone is utterly endearing, but what makes Alice even more charming is that she battles through her naivety in expression her dreams and feelings to connect with those she cares for. May I also add that Teddy Taualai is a complete babe, I loved how open and expressi
Trigger warnings: controlling parents, (view spoiler), mentions of violence, slut shaming.

This book was hella cute and I loved the friendship/relationship between Alice and Teddy. I loved the changing friendships over the course of the year and Teddy's grandmother was delightful. My one slight complaint is that the characters didn't entirely feel like year 12s. If you'd told me they were year 10s, I definitely would have bought it. But there was s
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I'm going to be honest, I tend to stay away from contemporary YA if it's a high school setting - they tend to be a bit same-y, with the extreme drama and best friend backstabbing and the popularity game with high emotions and that whole scene is just not my jam.

So imagine my surprise when I loved THE HELL out of this book! There were some of the elements I mentioned, but through the lens of a character who not only doesn't care about high school politics but actually doesn't even notice them hal
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating 4.5 ⭐️
High school me relates so much to Alice Dyson - the bookishness, the whispering and gossip behind my back, even the smell of salt in the school hallways. This book was a wonderful coming-of-age story that I felt was entirely realistic. The writing was so satisfying and the characters were full of so much depth. A very enjoyable and heartfelt read.
Sylvs (NOVELty Reads)
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I told myself that I won't lay a finger on the keyboard again after my exam but alas here we are. Me. Book reviewing. Y. A. Y.

In all honesty I wasn't meant to read Making Friends With Alice Dyson it sort of just happened I was bored, wanted something quick and easy to read and most importantly something enjoyable or at least something that everyone said was enjoyable. I sort of saw it sitting there on what I call the "Leaning Tower of TBR" (aka a book pile so high it's scarily leaning over. How'
elise (the petite punk)
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

What a cute, authentic story!

Making Friends with Alice Dyson will be incredibly relatable for anyone who is, or was, a shy, awkward, book nerd type kid. Alice, quiet and relatively innocent, is the complete opposite of Teddy Taualai, the mysterious bad-boy transfer student, yet they still manage to form an unlikely, adorable relationship. I really appreciated the characters in this story--everyone had such a disti
Diana Iozzia
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Making Friends with Alice Dyson”
Written by Poppy Nwosu
Reviewed by Diana Iozzia

As a nostalgic fan of teen / young adult romance novels, I felt excited to begin reading Making Friends with Alice Dyson. I have long enjoyed these types of novels, and I was hoping to find them similar to those I read when I was in my teens. However, I have learned in my twenties, that teen fiction does not always hold my interest anymore, with new slang, technology, and pop culture references. To my surprise and ple
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
RATING: 3.5/5 stars
I am so proud of Poppy for the release of her debut novel. I enjoyed reading this and liked how Alice Dyson was relatable in the way that she was happy not being popular. I did feel that a few of the chapters could have been incorporated better into the story. Overall it was a really cute read!
Brooklyn Tayla
I had the pleasure of meeting Poppy at her book launch for her debut, Making Friends With Alice Dyson, and it honestly made me all the more curious to read it, excited having heard Poppy speak with such love and adoration about her characters!
I could not fault this, it was such a gorgeous mix of heartache and heartwarming! I loved everything about it, especially both where Alice and Teddy are concerned! I loved all their scenes together and going through Alice’s thoughts as she allowed her mind
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.75/5 Stars

This sweet book explores the friendship that blossoms between Alice and Teddy, two completely different people who become friends after an impromptu dance off near their school. The two of them have basically never even glanced at the other before, but this little shared moment is the start of what later becomes a beautiful friendship, in spite of Alice trying to be opposed to it. Alic
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Making Friends with Alice Dyson is a cute contemporary romance with great characters. It’s also about friendship, spreading rumours, first love and questioning what you really want. I loved this debut novel by Poppy Nwosu.

I really liked the friendship between Alice and Teddy, which starts after a small incident causes rumours to be spread about them. I liked how Alice was unsure at first because of the other rumours about him and the fact that Teddy was distracting her from studying. Once she g
novelsnerd ☆Anshrah☆
This was a sweet contemporary. Just the book you would want to snuggle up with on a rainy day. Alice was much like me in a lot of ways and I liked that she accepted herself the way she was and tried make better of her situation rationally.
I liked Teddy and Alice's friendship more than their relationship. They were both accepting, helpful and kind to each other. Also a cute couple even if that wasn't given much page time. It captured shyness, awkwardness of characters so beautifully and realisti
This was such a cute little romance! I adored the characters and absolutely loved the way they felt so real and I was able to relate to their issues, particularly Alice when it came to studying and finding it hard to make friends. I have definitely been there (hell I'm still kind of there now) and it was so refreshing to see it portrayed so brilliantly in a novel.

Plus the book was set in my hometown and guys believe me when I say NOTHING is set in this city. So being able to truly imagine and kn
I really enjoyed the authors writing style and would love to read other books from the author. In saying that, this book wasn't perfect. From the get-go, I already wasn't sure how interesting this plot could be, but the author was able to craft a cute and enjoyable read. Although I didn't connect with any of the readers, that's okay, and that didn't ruin the book at all. I would definitely recommend this book, as a lighthearted contemporary read, that's perfect for the summer. Make sure to check ...more
This was sooo cute!! I do have to say that I found the first 25% of the book a bit boring because nothing happend and all of our characters seemed a bit too perfect, but after that I really started to enjoy this! The character development is on point in this book which I really appreciated. It's a fluffy contemporary that I was just in the mood for and ended up absolutely loving it! Would really recommend reading this one!
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a beautiful, tender coming of age story. Poppy weaves such an organic story that makes you feel like you KNOW Alice, Teddy, and May. Congratulations Poppy on such a heart warming debut that makes me long for the days of summer, ice-cream, and first loves.
I'm not usually a big contemporary fan, but I loved this. All of the feels!
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
There was a lot about this book that I really enjoyed, but every time I started to get into the romance, the dude would do some boundary pushing, red flag sort of stuff that never really got treated as seriously as I thought it should and it was very off putting.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a beautiful, evocative story that hit a little too close to home sometimes and made me very glad I'm no longer in high school lol. Lovely complex characters and a beautiful ending!
~ I received an ARC of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publishers and Netgalley!~


I almost put this book down after the first two chapters. I am so glad I didn’t, because Making Friends With Alice Dyson ended up giving me joy in the way it made me think of home (I was born in Australia and have lived many salty-air, sunny, ocean days) and in the way the friendship and love bloomed between the two central characters.

Let’s get the issues I had with this book ou
Jo Case
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm biased, because I work for the publisher, but I loved this sweet, razor-sharp-witted contemporary YA rom-com (set in my neighbourhood - Largs Bay/Port Adelaide) about friendship, compromise, seeing past surfaces to the nuanced people below the Breakfast-Club stereotypes (bad-boy outcast, library-nerd, pretty popular girl) - and being true to yourself. Most of all, it's a delicious joy to read.
Jessica G
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Y'all, this was such a fun time!
As you probably know by now, I love me a good Australian-contemporary and this was SO. GOOD.
The exploration of all the friendships in this book was EVERYTHING, and Teddy made me swoon so badly.
Poppy Nwosu - big fan!!!
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice has only ever had one friend and she’s okay with that. Alice isn’t comfortable socially and she’s so busy studying to please her parents that she barely has time for May anymore let alone anyone else. But one afternoon, one viral moment of dancing on the street alongside a boy she barely knows, expands Alice’s world, her thinking, and her heart.

I loved that Alice, May, and Teddy were more real than perfect. They each have their share of flawed moments, the kind where you cringe a little as
Annette Jordan
Making Friends with Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu is a contemporary YA story set during Alice's last year of high school. As a dedicated student she is determined to study hard and do well, but she also harbours a secret ambition to see more of the world. Her plans for the year are thrown into disarray however when a video of her and new boy Teddy becomes the talk of the school. Teddy has something of a reputation, apparently he was expelled from his last school for violent behaviour- the rumour mi ...more
Dionne (HeyoitsDeej)
A story that follows the quiet, and somewhat socially awkward girl, named Alice Dyson after a viral video of her dancing with the school's reputed troublemaker Teddy Taualai leaked online. Making Friends with Alice Dyson is all about the slice-of-life vibes of highschool and how these characters come out from the shells, to discover what it means to be a friend and more.

Before I give my thoughts on the book, I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an hon
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(thanks to candlewick press for providing me with an arc for making friends with alice dyson through netgalley)

wow, i think this is my favorite book that i have read from an early reviewing program. starting off, the book had a great hook, and i was immediately pulled into the book. i guessed pretty quickly that the book would be a typical romantic cliche, and my expectations were pretty low, but this book literally blew me away! its a super quick read, and the first person pint of view made the
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
Thanks to Candlewick Press for providing an ARC of Making Friends with Alice Dyson in exchange for an honest review!

This book was cute. That's it. That can be the review. It was sweet and something I've probably read about a dozen times but it was still sweet. I'd say my biggest issue was the age of the characters. Alice's inner voice and values sound very middle school/ early high school. I honestly think the story can be moved down a few grades and it would make it a lot better because at the
Faith Blake
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-bookshelf
Making Friends with Alice Dyson is a beautiful, witty YA contemporary romance novel. The story follows Alice Dyson, a studious overthinker, in her last year of high school, and the stress of her life and changing social circle.

I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book! I won Making Friends with Alice Dyson and Taking Down Evelyn Tait in a Twitter giveaway by Poppy Nwosu. At first, I wondered if I would find this book a little too young for me, but I'm always happy to give any book a try as l
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Poppy Nwosu is an Australian YA author.

Growing up in central North Queensland, Poppy enjoyed a thoroughly wild childhood surrounded by rainforest and cane fields. ​After studying music at university, she moved overseas to Ireland, where she spent two years visiting everywhere she could.
These days Poppy still loves to travel, but she also likes to come home again to her house in Adelaide near the

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