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Please Don’t Hug Me

Please Don’t Hug Me

Kay Kerr

A funny-serious own-voices story about what happens when you stop trying to be the person other people expect you to be and give yourself a go.

Erin is looking forward to Schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But things are not going to plan. Life is getting messy, and for Erin, who is autistic, that’s a big problem. She’s lost her job at Surf Zone after an incident that clearly was not her fault. Her driving test went badly even though she followed the instructions perfectly. Her boyfriend is not turning out to be the romantic type. And she’s missing her brother, Rudy, who left almost a year ago.

But now that she’s writing letters to him, some things are beginning to make just a tiny bit of sense.

INTERVIEWS and REVIEWS

ABC Radio Melbourne  
Books + Publishing
Books + Publishing   
Booktopia blog: Kay Kerr answers our Ten Terrifying Questions!   
The First Time podcast  
Kill Your Darlings: Shelf Reflection 
OzAuthorsOnline  
Paperbark  
Readings: Kay Kerr reflects on autism & writing  
Readings blog  
Sydney Writers Festival podcast  

Kay Kerr
About the Author

Kay Kerr is a former journalist and community newspaper editor from Brisbane, now living on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and daughter and working as a freelance writer. Kay was writing the first draft of Please Don’t Hug Me, her first book, when she received her own autism-spectrum diagnosis.

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Extent:
288pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
28 April 2020
ISBN:
9781922268051
AU Price:
$19.99
NZ Price:
$24.00
Reading age:
14+
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Praise for Kay Kerr
andPlease Don’t Hug Me

‘This own-voices Australian debut about a young woman who is shaped—but not defined—by her autism, balances its funny and serious sides perfectly, and is a heartwarming read about self-acceptance and authenticity.’

‘This book is beautifully intimate, and so authentic. You’re going to love getting to know its central character, Erin. I’m so thrilled this book exists.’

‘A moving and insightful story about finding your place in the world.’

‘Kay Kerr is a skilful writer who deftly balances the serious and the light in this coming-of-age narrative…This is another exciting release in Australian young adult fiction that I can’t wait to recommend to a host of sharp and curious minds.’

‘Essential reading.’

Other editions ofPlease Don’t Hug Me
  • Please Don’t Hug Me
    ebook
    ISBN: 9781925774825
    28 April 2020
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