Young Adult reviews

Thornhill by Pam Smy

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Thornhill is a beautiful book, from its striking greyscale silhouetted cover to the pages in-between. The book contains two stories set in two different times. Mary’s story is set in 1982, in a child…

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Vivian is one of the ‘nice girls’ at East Rockport High. She has a small group of friends, and her main mission is to fly under the radar and not draw too much attention to herself. Her grandparents …

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Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

It is very exciting to have a new fast-paced psychological thriller from the author of We Were Liars – and this story does not disappoint. Told in reverse chronology by Jule, who we quickly realise i…

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Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

This raw and funny novel is the much-anticipated collaboration between three beloved Australian YA authors: Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood and Simmone Howell. The story follows three girls as they struggle…

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Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Claire Christian’s Beautiful Mess won the 2016 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, an unpublished manuscript award that regularly discovers new talent. This is an engrossing read that …

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Sparrow by Scot Gardner

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Sparrow doesn’t speak. He lives in the ceiling of the toilet rooms in a mall in Darwin. He doesn’t have many reasons to become anything more than a ‘ghost boy’ – one of those who wander the parks in …

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The Undercurrent by Paula Weston

Reviewed by Daniella Robertson

Julianne de Marchi has a secret. A secret that she’s being blackmailed for. A secret that people would kill her to protect. Jules has been laying low since she inadvertently started a fire at her sch…

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Because of You by Pip Harry

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

One poor choice, feeling like you have no choices, shattered dreams, feeling shut out and hemmed in and then running away even when you want to go back: homelessness is the result of so many impossib…

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Exchange of Heart by Darren Groth

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

When Munro’s little sister Evie dies in his arms, from heart complications connected to her Down’s Syndrome, he just can’t cope. A year after her death, he convinces his parents to let him do a stude…

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The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobson

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Seventeen-yearold Iliad is, like her namesake, battle-scarred and battle-ready. After growing up with an abusive father, she jumps at loud noises and is quick to panic, but is also full of attitude a…

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