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Claire Christian
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Beautiful Mess

Claire Christian


Text Publishing Company

Children's & Educational;
General fiction (Children's&YA)


304 pages

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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.

By:   Claire Christian
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 31mm
Weight:   284g
ISBN:   9781925498547
ISBN 10:   1925498549
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   August 2017
Recommended Age:   From 14 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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 100 leading women in 2013.

`The characterisation is strong and works wonderfully with the sinuous dialogue. In these darkened lives there are some light and funny moments, cleverly crafted by Claire Christian...All libraries for young adults should stock at least one copy of this book.' * Reading Time * `Claire has created an authentic and informative book for young adults, while also an enjoyable read.' * Tea in the Treetops * `Tender and insightful...An enlightened look at youth suicide and mental health.' * New Zealand Herald * `Beautiful Mess is the most sensitive explanation of depression and how it affects lives that I have ever read. If you read any other book and felt a bit uncomfortable about the depiction of depression, read this one and understand more. Recommend it to your teenagers, your students, your friends with teen kids. It might help them understand and recognise themselves in some of the pages.' * The Sapling * `Beautiful Mess is a wonderful reflection of complexities of adolescence. Palpable, poignant and captivating, the narration of two adolescents finding moments of solace in one another. Claire Christian is a captivating, compassionate and remarkable debut author composing a narrative that will linger long after the final page.' * Diva Booknerd * `Bittersweet and funny...A beautiful book with important words to say about mental health, love and brokenness.' * Paper Fury * `Claire Christian delivers an honest and searing depiction of the flow-on effects of grief...A book with a lot of heart and hope and a useful compass for teens facing similar issues.' * Kids' Book Review * `A truly touching story of young people trying to navigate their way through real problems. I highly recommend this novel and congratulate Claire on a great debut.' * Lamont Books * `Beautiful Mess tackles young adult issues head on, but with a lightness of touch that lifts it from the dark topics it explores. A debut novel with memorable, authentic characters that touch your heart, float into your life and leave you wanting more.' * Magpies * `An engrossing read that brings together Ava and Gideon, two emotionally flawed and troubled characters not unlike Libby and Jack in Jennifer Niven's Holding Up the Universe or Eleanor and Park of Rainbow Rowell's book of the same title.' * Readings * `Beautiful Mess is a powerful, poignant novel about love, loss, and learning that even though we might feel cracked or broke at times, we are still beautiful...Claire Christian must be commended for tackling some of the most confronting themes in YA with sincerity and heart.' * Written Word Worlds * `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.' * Books + Publishing * `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.' -- Gabrielle Tozer `Claire is such a lovely bubble of positivity. I'm excited to see what she brings to Aussie YA.' * Danielle Binks, Alpha Reader * `A raw, affecting coming-of-age story that starts a conversation about mental health.' * Readings *

  • Long-listed for CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers 2018 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Gold Inky Award-Australian Titles 2018 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Indie Book Award for Young Adult 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for ABDA Best Designed YA Cover: Imogen Stubbs 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+) 2018 (Australia)
  • Winner of Text Prize for Young Adult & Children's Writing 2016 (Australia)
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