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When the Hipchicks Went to War

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The sixties are in full swing and going to a war is the last thing on Kathy's mind.

For sixteen-year-old Kathy, it's all about miniskirts, the Beatles, discos and her fab new boots! The world is rapidly changing, her brother is fighting in the Vietnam War and her best friend is protesting against it. Kathy simply wants to live life and experience a world beyond her suburban
Paperback, 257 pages
Published February 26th 2009 by Lothian
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Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely, thought provoking book about a 16 year old girl who goes to Vietnam in a trio of dancers/singers to entertain the troops. As well as giving some great context about the war and the reactions in Australia, it's a very personal and believable tale about a young girl growing up.

As the author's note mentions, there were many women who went to Vietnam in the war, as journalists, nurses, entertainers, so this story isn't as unrealistic as it first sounds. Rushby touches on some
Sep 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I don't do many reviews anymore because of a lack of time. But I simply HAD to write about this book. It was absolutely wonderful.

The way in which the writer portrayed Kathy's progression into the realities of war was done so naturally, it was completely believable. Her characters were real and heart-felt. Pamela Rushton made the reality of the Vietnam war come alive. My heart and my eyes became accustomed to Kathy's reality along side of the character. Their was no telling of the story, it was
Helen Stower
I have wanted to read this book for some time. The cover always jumped out at me when it was on display and I heard that the author was from Brisbane. It also appealed to me because it was set during the Vietnam War and told of a woman's experience during the war.

This story is narrated by the feisty Kathy who joins a troupe to head to Vietnam as an entertainer. She is sixteen and equipped with some boots, miniskirts and bikinis, she heads over to a war zone to sing and dance with the Hipchicks
Mime D
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I reread a book, one of two things happen. I either go, "What did I see in this the first time?" Or "OH, THE FEELS!" This is an "Oh, the feels" one.

I have a slight criticism that the writing wasn't the world's best. Honestly, this could have been a 4-star because the writing isn't perfection, it's not the only story with a plot like this (Hello, The Sapphires!), Kathy can be just a teeny bit unlikable sometimes... but if a book makes me feel, cry, laugh my head off... if it sticks in my
Jess - The Tales Compendium
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I loved this book. It is the story of three young, naive, Australian girls who head of to the Vietnam War as entertainers, thinking it is going to be glamorous and exciting. Very quickly, the girls come face-to-face with the realities of war and realise they have absolutely no idea what awaits them. They see up-close and personal the real trauma of war and their lives are changed forever. Based on a variety of actual events, this is the portrayal of war from a very different perspective. Ages ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I really enjoyed this book! I was surprised to find a different perspective to the Vietnam war than what I've read before. I never expected such a young, innocent voice. The writing was really excellent, fresh and never flat, and the story was just enough. I absolutely loved this, and definitely would seek out more from this author. Five stars.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the flow of this book and the Aussie language but at the same time I felt like it ended a bit abruptly and didn't quite tie up all the loose ends like what happened with Lloyd, Scotty, Mick etc. Despite this I still enjoyed it overall and it was a nice read.
When the Hipchicks went to War follows a pretty straight forward story. Kathy is sixteen, living in Brisbane, has left school and is finding herself pulled between a growing Vietnam protest movement and loyalty to her brother who has been drafted. After growing bored with her first post-school ‘career’, Kathy turns towards dancing jobs and auditions as a dancer performing for the Australians in Vietnam. However, when she gets there, she discovers it’s very different from what she expected.

Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very good book and easy to read, about three 16 year old girls who went to Vietnam to entertain the troops.. going there was nothing like they expected, sad in parts and described very realistically how it would have been for the troops especially the wounded in hospitals over there, knowing they wouldn't make it. The ending was rather sad where one of the girls was shot accidentally by a soldier who was obviously under a lot of mental strain and he was trying to kill his sergeant but the ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm in Heaven right now. I've been looking for this ever since I read it in a library approximately 6 years ago and I've FINALLY found it. I literally yelled out when I did. I'd forgotten its title and been searching for it all these years and now...YES...totally worth it.

This is a must read and I'm nipping it up first chance I get. I love the scenes of their first few days there and the psychological aspect. The realism in this makes it an excellent work. I'd give this 100 stars if I could.
Sue Bursztynski
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved it! I have been encouraging kids at my school to read it.
Selina Ryan
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great story about war and friendships. Set at All Hallows' School, the main character decides to leave and support the war cause in Vietnam as part of an entertainment troup.
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not the favourites of all books ever, but I shed a tear or two.
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
thoroughly enjoyed this book :)
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reminiscent of The Sapphires, good read about an extraordinary time in history
Kathleen Ashley
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A-MAZe-ING!!! it was so cool!
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was so amazing! I literally could not put it down, I read it in a morning. The story was exciting and I felt a connection with the characters. Definitely recommended.
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Really good. Interesting. Interestingly written. Different.
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating story about a period of history fraught with disagreement and tension. An interesting insight into the teenaged girls who went to Vietnam as entertainers
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