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Beautiful Mess

Beautiful Mess

Claire Christian

  • awardWinner, Text Prize for Young Adult & Children's Writing, 2016
  • 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 mad 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.

    The winner of the 2016 Text Prize, Beautiful Mess is funny and sad and a bit screwed up and romantic and absolutely real. In other words, a lot like life.

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    Claire Christian
    About the Author

    Claire Christian is a novelist and playwright who lives in Brisbane. 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 125 leading women in 2013. Beautiful Messwon the Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing in 2016.

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    28 August 2017
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    Mental Health, Teen sexuality, LGBTQIA, Suicide, Romance, Friendship
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    Praise for Claire Christian
    andBeautiful Mess

    ‘A raw, affecting coming-of-age story that starts a conversation about mental health.‘

    ‘Claire is such a lovely bubble of positivity. I’m excited to see what she brings to Aussie YA.‘ 

    Beautiful Mess is 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.’

    ‘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 humour. It is an impressive debut.’

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    • ebook
      ISBN: 9781925410785
      28 August 2017
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