Synopsis: ‘Five teenagers. Five lives. One final year.
The school captain: Ryan has it all … or at least he did, until an accident snatched his dreams away. How will he rebuild his life and what does the future hold for him now?
The newcomer: Charlie’s just moved interstate and she’s determined not to fit in. She’s just biding her time until Year 12 is over and she can head back to her real life and her real friends …
The loner: At school, nobody really notices Matty. But at home, Matty is everything. He’s been single-handedly holding things together since his mum’s breakdown, and he’s never felt so alone.
The popular girl: Well, the popular girl’s best friend … cool by association. Tammi’s always bowed to peer pressure, but when the expectations become too much to handle, will she finally stand up for herself?
The politician’s daughter: Gillian’s dad is one of the most recognisable people in the state and she’s learning the hard way that life in the spotlight comes at a very heavy price.
Five unlikely teammates thrust together against their will. Can they find a way to make their final year a memorable one or will their differences tear their world apart?’
There are many themes running through this novel. Two very big issues are bullying and gender stereotyping. Bullying as in verbal, physical and through social media. The gender issues centre around females and one young character’s ability to stand up for what she believes is right. All of the characters are struggling with their parents and the very real issues of growing up and leaving school. Many readers will be able to identify with these struggles.
While some of the issues addressed in this novel are quite heavy, the book is an entertaining read. It is easy to read, enjoyable and set in australia, so the school life and social life of these characters are relatable. I found the ending rushed and a major event near the end of the book felt like it was glossed over. But if you can forgive this then readers will enjoy this novel.
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