All I Ever Wanted

Vikki Wakefield

All I Ever Wanted
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All I Ever Wanted

Vikki Wakefield

Mim knows what she wants, and where she wants to go - anywhere but home, stuck in the suburbs with her mother who won’t get off the couch, and two brothers in prison. She has set herself rules to live by, but she’s starting to break them. Now Mim has to retrieve a lost package for her mother.

Does this make her a drug runner? Why is a monster dog called Gargoyle hidden in the back shed? And Jordan, the boy she sent Valentines to for years, why is he now suddenly a creep? How come there’s a huge gap between her and her best friend, Tahnee? And who is the mysterious girl next door who moans at night?

Over the nine days before her seventeenth birthday, Mim’s life turns upside down. She has problems, and she’s determined to solve them herself. But in the end, she works out who her people are, and the same things look entirely different.

Review

All I Ever Wanted is quite unlike any other Aussie YA book I’ve ever read – in the best possible way.

Sixteen-year-old Mim has grown up in a deadbeat family in a down-at-heel suburb, and she’s determined not to end up in prison like her two brothers. She has a long list of rules designed to keep trouble at bay: don’t do drugs, hang onto my virginity, don’t turn out like my mum … But when the novel begins Mim has agreed, against all better sense, to courier a package for her mother. And all too quickly, she finds it hard to keep on keeping her precious rules. Old friendships will be lost, new friendships made, family history revealed, boys seduced, and people will turn out to be not who they initially seem to be.   

Mim is a fabulous not-perfect protagonist: sarcastically funny, smart, brave, inexperienced, stubborn, gullible and hopeful. And I could almost feel the boredom and wilting heat and madness and ugliness of Australian suburbia wafting off the pages! All I Ever Wanted is an entertaining, touching, pitch-perfect and darkly funny read.

Leanne Hall is from Readings Carlton. She blogs at The Long Blinks.

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