- A new title from the author of Finding Freia Lockhart
- Teenagers will relate to the themes of acceptance, bullying and friendship
- A sharply observed and unmissable novel about standing up for what’s right (from publisher's site)
I was pretty thrilled to get my hands on Aimee Said's sophomore novel LITTLE SISTER after reading such a lovely review for her debut FINDING FREIA LOCKHART over at My Girl Friday last year.
LITTLE SISTER is an Aussie YA novel that will appeal to mature MG students and high school teenagers.
It's one of those books that just feels like teen life: high school, homework, after school job, teachers, crushes, friendship, parents, social media and at the heart of the story: sibling issues. (Oh! and did I mention cute boys playing soccer?)
It blends a fun and vibrant tone with plenty of teen angst and real issues -- for a taste of that, here's the opening lines:
Monday morning: Whitlam High School assembly hall. Welcome to another week of
mind-numbing boredomhigher education.
The prose was easily accessible and the cultural references and social media stuff felt spot-on (there were these cute little status updates at the end of each chapter which were funky and clever). I think the whole social media was handles with finesse ~ not try-hard of likely to date the book.
As for the characters... while the secondary characters all had their own distinct personalities, some of them didn't feel quite fully fleshed out (although that was fine ~ the plot bounced along nicely with them being there). But Al ~ oh my gosh ~ being inside her head took me riiiiiight back to those teen years. The angst and emotion in the book is like climbing inside a girls mind and living it with her. Sometimes the little things are the big things when you're a teen. It made me simultaneously nostalgic and also relieved that you do come out the other side, you know?
And then, when the Big Things happened ~ they were just handled with such heart and honesty.
I always loved reading home-grown YA when I was a teen, which feels so much closer to home than imported stuff and this book just screams Aussie. It's firmly written for teens (I don't think the cross-over appeal is strong). LITTLE SISTER is easily relate-able, fun and ultimately empowering. And it made me want to fly down south to see my sister and give her a hug :)
Little Sister @ goodreads
Little Sister @ Walker Books
|my gorgeous little sister & I :)|
For all you fab Melbournians ~ you can celebrate the release of Little Sister @ The Sun Theatre:
J C Burke's FAKING SWEET. I'm not sure why that was because stylistically they are quite different in voice and subject matter. I think maybe my mind pairs them because they are both absorbing books for teen girls set in high school dealing with real things ~ both capturing the essence of teen girls in that chapter of life... or, maybe it's just me, heheheh.
Thanks to the lovely Aimee Said and Walker Books for sending a copy my way :)