Ava, please come over here and let me wrap you in a great big hug.
The voice of Ava in this book is a strong one, as are all the characters. None of them feels like a caricature (except maybe Dennis), but he does serve to create a catalyst for Ava’s growth.
Wilkinson deftly explores the central issue of adolescence – Who Am I? – within a unique framework. There are not many novels for teens that deal with confused sexuality (although a number have been published suring the last two years, so maybe the times are a changin’) and Wilkinson shines a light on Ava’s confusion and fear with sympathy and humour.
This is a beautiful novel, and again, one I wish I had read when it first ‘came out’. 🙂