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    Distributor: Publishers Group Canada Supplies to:CA Availability: Available Excluding:May 20, 2020 On Sale Date:Aug 24, 2018 Carton Quantity:32 $17.95 CAD
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Beautiful Mess
By (author): Claire Christian
9781925498547 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 14 - 20 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings Aug 24, 2018
$17.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7 x 0.91 in | 290 gr 304 pages Text Publishing Company
 
Text Prize for Young Adult & Childrens Writing 2016, Winner
Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven’t been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there’s the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab. Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other. A witty and warm coming-of-age story for ages 14+â?¨

Claire Christian is a novelist and playwright who lives in Brisbane. She’s a former high school teacher and advocate for diversity. She has had three plays published by Playlab, and her play Bloom was shortlisted for the Griffin Award in 2009. She was one of the YWCA Queensland’s 125 leading women of 2013. Christian is a writer who wants to talk about mental health in a way that feels real and connected to the actual experiences of young people.

'Tender and absorbing, this debut novel from Australia tackles challenging topics—including suicide, self-esteem, anger management, cutting, and depression—with an open and loving hand. It deals with myriad emotions and allows the healing process to be organic. The sweetness of the characters rises above the darkness they carry, and their honest desire for acceptance and to sort out their lives will resonate with a wide range of readers.’—Booklist; 'The characters are engaging,and their emotional struggles are palpable...While the majority of the plot is dark and grim, support from caring adults and siblings brings about an ending that is realistic and hopeful. ­VERDICT Recommended for most public library young adult collections.’—School Library Journal; 'This page-turning novel displays a great deal of artful charm.’—Kirkus; ‘A raw, affecting coming-of-age story that starts a conversation about mental health.'—Readings; 'A stunning read. Claire Christian has delivered a raw and moving debut with beautifully flawed, well-drawn characters who you can’t help but fall in love with.’—Gabrielle Tozer; ‘There are no easy answers in this book; its scenes explore debilitating anger and frustration, first sexual experiences and the importance of therapy in recovery. But there is deftness of touch in the writing and some genuinely funny moments. This is a strong, character-driven story from a talented playwright and novelist, which tackles some hefty issues with lightness and humor. It is an impressive debut.’—Books + Publishing

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