Last month I went back and read some Australian YA that I missed the first time around, as well as a more recent YA contemporary romance.
Queen Kat, Carmel and St. Jude Get a Life
Kat, Carmel and Jude are three girls starting their first year of university. Although they all come from the same small Australian country town they couldn’t be any more different if they tried. Kat is a rich girl from a well-to-do family, Jude is fighting for social justice after her father was violently killed and Carmel has the most amazing singing voice but zero self-esteem due to being on the larger side. The book is split into three sections, with each section focusing on a different character’s point of view. I especially loved reading Carmel’s point of view, as I could relate to her shyness, lack of self-confidence and eagerness to please her family. This book is an honest portrayal of what it’s like to be in the first year of university and experiencing independence for the first time. Although the book was written quite some time ago (mid-90s) the feelings and themes still ring true today.
On her schools 80s themed dress up day, 16-year old Amy discovers a mysterious necklace that unleashes the ghost of a teenage boy. From the 80s. Amy must work out why Logan (ghost boy) is haunting her while also juggling her crazily superstitious Chinese mother and a trio of Jason Donovans who are in love with her best friend. I love a good ghost story (Devon Sawa as Casper still slays me to this very day), and this delivers. This is a sweet and funny read that is chock full of 80s references and slang. Amy’s inner dialogue is at times laugh out loud funny and while at first the story can seem a bit too slapstick and zany, as it progresses more depth is revealed as Amy questions why Logan has landed in her life and how they might be connected.
THE NIGHT WE SAID YES
Ella and Matt used to be together until Matt left town a year ago with no explanation. When Matt suddenly reappears in Ella’s life she must decide if she is willing to give him a second chance. The story alternates between two nights, one set in the present and one in the past. It held my attention (loosely) for the first half of the story. Mainly because I was waiting to find out why the hell Matt left town. Once I found out the reason Matt vamoosed I lost all desire to keep on reading. 1) because I thought the reason he left was stupid and 2) because I wasn’t that invested in these characters. I did end up finishing it but, unfortunately, I was just not that into this book.
What did you read in September?