Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

01. It makes me very happy to think that most of these kids (approximately 30,000 at the Melbourne Climate Change protest) will be voting within five years (pic above taken by my 16yo son. Pic below via Twitter).

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Asking For It by Louise O’Neill


Louise O’Neill’s novel, Asking For It, is hard-hitting, frightening and all-too-real.

The story opens with a conversation between a group of teenage girls – they’re discussing school, exams, boyfriends and parties – the usual stuff, however it quickly reveals the pecking order among the girls and it’s eighteen year old Emma, who’s on top. Continue reading

Viral by Helen FitzGerald

When I threw my hat in the ring to win a copy of Viral by Helen FitzGerald, I was under the impression that it was YA novel. Or rather, ’emerging adult’ (or whatever the genre is for books aimed at late teens that include sex-drugs-language lite).

I won (yay!).

The book arrived. I read the first line –

“I sucked twelve cocks in Magaluf. So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety-six people have seen me do this.”

…and knew immediately that this was not a ‘cautionary tale’ for emerging adults. Continue reading