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The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan
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A newspaper review alleged that this was young adult fiction suitable for adults, but that same review also called the dog in this book "George" (his name is Murray), so take that as you will.

The Gulf is the story of a teenaged girl with a terrible mother and an eccentric younger brother straight from central casting. The audience is supposed to be more worldly than Skye, who knows that things in her freshly relocated life are wrong, but not precisely how wrong.

The Gulf is slightly unrealistic until it's not; when self-deception combines with a character's burgeoning consciousness, it clicks into place. There are some great moments of catharsis, and Spargo-Ryan narrowly swerves away from overdosing on Rural Australian Depression.

The Gulf is bittersweet Australiana that perhaps leans too heavily on the banal evil of small towns, but it's ultimately a short and satisfying enough read.
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Reading Progress

July 5, 2017 – Shelved
July 5, 2017 – Shelved as: australian
July 6, 2017 – Started Reading
July 7, 2017 – Finished Reading

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