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The Year of Freaking Out is the story of Kim and her year 11 girl gang as they journey through adolescent angst and triumph. It is both a romance and a coming out story that affirms teenage sexual identity and is not bogged down by moral judgements or tortured characters. It is also an engaging look at contemporary teenage issues that crosses the divide of sexual orientati ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published 1997 by Pan MacMillan
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halen
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just wish I'd found this when I was in high school! I did find Camphor Laurel (also by Sarah Walker) but the queer themes in this book are so much more overt and would've been reassuring.

The writing style is frank and a bit dated (the names and fashion are really date now!) but it's written in a way that I think was typical of "teen fic" at it's time - think John Marsden's books or Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret.

I read it in one sitting and really enjoyed it even now as an adult, mostly
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Adrianna Zotti
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the first lesbian themes book I read. I was in high school and it literally saved my life. I loved this book and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I only wish I could find myself a hard copy :)
Michelle Grabianski
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
it totally touched me.. i was in highschool, figuring out who i was. this totally related! made me feel ok about coming out. cant find it anywhere to buy im still looking for it after 7 years thats how much it meant to me.
Sally
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
First gay book I ever read: year 10, New Books stand at the school library. Such daring fare to find!
Emily Wrayburn
Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind on 14 July 2017:

Actual rating: 3.5*

Part of my challenge-within-a-challenge for the 2017 Australian Women Writers Challenge was to read at least two books by LGBTI* authors. This is my first one.

Kim knows deep down that she is attracted to girls, and it’s only confirmed when she meets Rachel, who has recently transferred to her school. She doesn’t know how to confess any of this to her friends, though, and liking girls isn’t even the worst
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Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was great from the first chapters and it just kept getting better.
Prilly
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book when I was a teenager. It helped me come to terms with the fact that I'm gay and not crazy.
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