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The Mess of Me by Chantelle Atkins
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it was amazing

Chantelle Atkins captures teenage angst and self-loathing to perfection in her debut YA fiction novel, The Mess of Me. I was in awe of how well drawn her 16-year-old hero and heroine were, full of complexities, anger, confusion, rage, self-doubt and even love. These are gritty, imperfect, 3-dimensional characters and they capture the more self-destructive side of the teenage psyche perfectly.

Atkins does not shy away from the raw and the real, and increasingly worldly, sophisticated teen readers will no doubt welcome a representation of their lives that is not sugar coated or patronising.

I'm not suggesting that every teen is tortured and grows up in the kind of abusive, low socio-economic home that our hero Joe finds himself trapped in but as the enigmatic supporting character Marianne shows, even teenagers from wealthy homes can develop neuroses and find it a struggle to fit in.

But it is Atkins' ballsy heroine Lou that steals the show. Full of flaws, prone to self-destructive tendencies and quite annoying at times, her first-person narrative will keep the reader engaged throughout this dense read, with her humour, her sarcasm, her innocence and her ultimate love, passion and loyalty for those she loves. Well worth the read for young adults and older readers alike.
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