By Judy Blundell
Evie Spooner is 15. Her mother, stepfather and Evie go to Palm Springs for a holiday even though it’s the end of the holiday season and it is like a ghost town with hardly anyone there. But when a handsome 23-year-old man, Peter, shows up and claims to have been friends with Joe in the war, her life starts to take a turn. Peter, unlike anyone else, treats her like an adult and Evie starts to fall in love with him. But her parents don’t want Evie hanging around with Peter. Peter and her parents go out boating for the day when a hurricane hits. The results of this storm are devastating and Evie starts to realise everything she thought was the truth was really a lie and whatever she chooses she’ll be betraying someone.
by Keren David
How do you lie about everything?
When Ty witnesses a stabbing, his own life is in danger from the criminals he names. Ty and his mum have to go into police protection. Shy Ty gets a new name, a new look and a cool new image. Life as Joe is good, especially when he gets spotted as a potential athletics star. But his mum has trouble coping and the criminals will stop at nothing to flush them from hiding. Joe meets a girl who has a dangerous secret of her own. Then everything goes wrong.
Great read 9/10
This is undoubtedly a confronting book. It is said to be the diary of a teenage girl (Anonymous) and treks her hopes, dreams, and need for the next hit. It is a sad look at a life lost to drugs and how possible opportunities to help her get out of the drug scene slipped by. The main message I got from this book was how naïve the girl was about drugs. She had no idea what they could do to herself or her family. It was sad to see an innocent girl excited to be writing in her diary become so dependent on drugs and get caught up in a crowd that didn’t care about her. It is amazing to see how powerful the diary and writing is for Anonymous, as it becomes her only link to her self in some of her darkest hours.
What I like about this novel is that is is different. Each chapter is a short story about a young person in the town. The chapters follow the months of the year, from February to February – 13 stories for 13 people. What I like even better, is that within each chapter, you can see how their lives are intertwined, either fleetingly or with more purpose. The book explores all the emotions – love, hate, humour, grief, hope and hopelessness. Even if you don’t enjoy every story, there’s bound to be one that you like.
This book won the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2008, and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards the same year.