Please Don't Hug Me

Please Don't Hug Me

4.06 (510 ratings by Goodreads)
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A funny-serious story about what happens when you stop trying to be the person other people expect you to be and give yourself a go.

Erin is looking forward to Schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But things are not going to plan. Life is getting messy, and for Erin, who is autistic, that's a big problem. She's lost her job at Surf Zone after an incident that clearly was not her fault. Her driving test went badly even though she followed the instructions perfectly. Her boyfriend is not turning out to be the romantic type. And she's missing her brother, Rudy, who left almost a year ago.

But now that she's writing letters to him, some things are beginning to make just a tiny bit of sense.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 198mm
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 1922268054
  • 9781922268051
  • 168,741

Review quote

'This own-voices Australian debut about a young woman who is shaped-but not defined-by her autism, balances its funny and serious sides perfectly, and is a heartwarming read about self-acceptance and authenticity.' * Leanne Hall * 'This book is beautifully intimate, and so authentic. You're going to love getting to know its central character, Erin. I'm so thrilled this book exists.' * Claire Christian * 'A moving and insightful story about finding your place in the world.' * Nina Kenwood * 'Kay Kerr is a skilful writer who deftly balances the serious and the light in this coming-of-age narrative...This is another exciting release in Australian young adult fiction that I can't wait to recommend to a host of sharp and curious minds.' * Books+Publishing * 'Essential reading.' * CBCA Victoria * 'Funny and serious.' * West Weekend * 'It's intimate, raw and authentic ... Watching Erin grow, accept herself, and find new friendships made my heart burst, in a way that is so much more intense than normal.' * Melbourne Writers Festival * 'Please Don't Hug Me is a great read for other neurodiverse readers looking to read a voice like theirs, or for neurotypical readers looking to explore life from a different perspective.' * Good Reading * 'It's a fantastic young adult novel about grief, finding your way, autism, being different, families and emotions. It's all the feels...Please Don't Hug Me is a wonderful addition to Aussie YA literature and will resonate with so many adolescents searching for their identity, trying to fit in, and attempting to work out how they want to be, and to be seen, in the world. And it is a gentle and tender meditation on grief.' * Cass Moriarty *
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About Kay Kerr

Kay Kerr is a former journalist and community newspaper editor from Brisbane, now living on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and daughter and working as a freelance writer. Kay was writing the first draft of Please Don't Hug Me, her first book, when she received her own autism-spectrum diagnosis.
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Rating details

510 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 34% (171)
4 43% (221)
3 20% (100)
2 3% (15)
1 1% (3)
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