Raw Blue - Kirsty Eagar
Published by Penguin Australia, 2009
Wow. I can’t even say all I want to about this except can Kirsty Eagar pack a punch or what? Raw Blue is the story of Carly, a young woman who slaves away working at a beachside cafe to fund her surfing addiction. For Carly, the ocean is the only place she’s able to forget about the event which has drastically shaped the last two years of her life. This is such a powerful debut novel and Eagar’s writing is honest and haunting – I found myself thinking about the novel for weeks after my first reading. Add it to your list now!
Saltwater Moons - Julie Gittus
Published by Hachette, 2008
I was kind of blown away by this book! Saltwater Moons is the coming-of-age story of seventeen year-old Sunday ‘Sun’, as she completes her final year of high school and discovers the truth about love, lust and loyalty. The novel surprised me in many ways (one being that Sun is from my tiny town!), the other being how openly Gittus writes about sex and sexual desire for young women (refreshingly honest and real – I’ve said before, I think this is an area that’s a bit glossed over in a lot of work). The poetry throughout the book is gorgeous, and the characters are achingly real.
Chasing Boys - Karen Tayleur
Published by black dog books, 2007
Ariel’s life has just been downsized. She’s moved to a smaller house, to public school but is struggling to move on and come to terms with her father’s actions. I thought that El’s family situation was handled with care and I liked that Tayleur didn’t gloss anything over. There are also cute boys, friendship dramas and a sizeable dose of teen angst. I read Chasing Boys in one solid hit and it’s an enjoyable read. Also the movie references throughout, as El and her friends play the film-scenario game, definitely made the book for me (c’mon, are you really surprised?).