When Riley's Dad gets a new girlfriend, life turns upside down for Riley. She doesn't like Norma and Norma doesn't like her. But it is not until Riley finds herself shipped off to 'camp' that she realises just how bad things have become. Determined to continue on her path of bad behaviour and general obnoxiousness, Riley Rose is sure that she can turn this 'spiritual camp' upside down. And when she meets Dylan Luck, recent paraplegic, she thinks she has found a fellow troublemaker. What follows is a very surprising week for Riley. Truths are told and secrets revealed, and sex, cigarettes and booze prove to be a potent cocktail, but in the end Riley has learnt quite a lot about herself, Dylan and exactly why she appeared hell-bent on self-destruction.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 128 x 194 x 24mm | 199.58g
- 05 Jan 2009
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
'A brill book - perfect for bad girls with hearts of gold!' Mizz 'Packed with sharp, sassy humour, with sprinklings of contemporary - and often surprisingly lyrical - descriptions and metaphors ... The humour - and the teen angst - was spot on' Mslexia
About Simmone Howell
Simmone Howell is an award-winning short story writer whose first novel, Notes from the Teenage Underground, garnered impressive reviews. She is also a screenwriter and small press publisher and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Simmone's short film Pity24 was awarded the 2004 AWGIE for short film screenplay by the Australian Writers' Guild.
Our customer reviews
I really wanted to like this book. It was the first Australian novel that I picked up for the Aussie YA Reading Challenge 2011 and it was supposed to inspire my new-found appreciation for Australian authors. However, I can't say that I was a big fan of this novel and neither have I been inspired to embrace Australian novels as I had hoped. I didn't hate the book but nor did I really enjoy reading it. This is a coming of age novel about an overweight teenage girl, Riley, whose mother has died and father is estranged. Riley copes with her pain using sex, drugs, food and a false bravado. Throughout her time at camp she makes some unexpected friends and learns more about herself than she had ever expected. The messages of positive self esteem and true kindness throughout this novel are encouraging but not enough to make for an enjoyable read. I found the writing and flow of this book quite frustrating. The chapters were far too short to really engage me: just as I began to enjoy a chapter it would end. Also as much as I tried to warm to the characters, I couldn't: they keep making decisions that I either couldn't relate to or didn't understand. Unfortunately, I'll need to find another Australian author to inspire my reading of Aussie novels.show moreby Nicole Sanders