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In other words, a lot like life. Have a look at our mess of a Beautiful Mess blog post , with a Spotify playlist, slam poets and a couple of questions with Claire! 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 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. A debut novel with memorable, authentic characters that touch your heart, float into your life and leave you wanting more. I highly recommend this novel and congratulate Claire on a great debut. Palpable, poignant and captivating, the narration of two adolescents finding moments of solace in one another.

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Claire Christian is a captivating, compassionate and remarkable debut author composing a narrative that will linger long after the final page. 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. 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.

It deals with myriad emotions and allows the healing process to be organic. The sweetness of the characters rises above the darkness they carry, and their honest desire for acceptance…will resonate with a wide range of readers. The Text Publishing Company. All three had such quirky and fun personalities The discussion about mental health, depression and anxiety in this book was so good. And I loved how natural, raw and beautiful it was. How positive it was and in trying to help deal with things and how their were therapists. How despite all the negatives this books made you go and told you and made you see how their are positives too and how you can find beauty around you and I loved that.

I think it would be so much better if we were all just more honest and said when things were bad, or that we weren't okay or were sick or we were happy or whatever, l used to be one of those people you talked about those people who would wake up in a good mood. I think it's just in you, you know. You're either a positive person or you're a negative person" I was all in all for Ava and Gideons relationship.

It's starts in such a little way and the way it builds. The good the bad, the happy the sad. The oh so relatable that made me go oh yes. That me. The writing was a beauty tbh. The quotes and all the one liners I have from this one are way too high! This book had letters and list!

I just loved the dynamics of this all. You know a book that leaves you warm and fuzzy and leaves you a little gobsmacked this one was one of them.

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And I love that feeling soo much. But I can also understand why it went that way. Over all, this book was amazingly beautiful inside and out. With that beauty of a cover that freaking shines to everything that was inside. It was just instant love for me. It was so positive and reading it just gave me so many burst of happy energy but also sad times too. But overall pretty lovely experience Please pick it up!

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Trigger warnings: grief, death of a friend in the past , suicide in the past , mental health, self harm in the past , violence. I'm clearly going to be on Team Unpopular Opinion where this book is concerned, but I just I really loved Gideon's story and his voice. But I had a hard time with Ava and I honestly can't pinpoint why. That being said, I loved that therapy played such a significant role in the story and I loved the emphasis Trigger warnings: grief, death of a friend in the past , suicide in the past , mental health, self harm in the past , violence.

That being said, I loved that therapy played such a significant role in the story and I loved the emphasis that everyone's grief is different and will progress at a different rate. I loved the secondary characters - Gideon's family were especially wonderful. But at the same time, I was never hooked by the story. And I think it was partly because to me, it felt like there were a whole lot of threads that were raised but never answered. Add a wee dose of uncomfortable-ness about the fact that Kelly and Lincoln are from memory the only people of colour in the story and I just I dunno.

There was something about it that I didn't love. May 16, Text Publishing rated it it was amazing Shelves: australian , ya , fiction. It deals with myriad emotions and allows the healing process to be organic. The sweetness of the characters rises above the darkness they carry, and their honest desire for acceptance…will resonate with a wide range of readers. While the majority of the plot is dark and grim, support from caring adults and siblings brings about an ending that is realistic and hopeful.

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.

A debut novel with memorable, authentic characters that touch your heart, float into your life and leave you wanting more. I highly recommend this novel and congratulate Claire on a great debut. 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. If you read any other book and felt a bit uncomfortable about the depiction of depression, read this one and understand more.


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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. 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. View 1 comment.

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Sep 21, Kelly Diva Booknerd rated it it was amazing Shelves: loveozya , text , bookgasm. Ava is barely surviving in the depths of despair after her friend takes her own life. As the moments pass Ava is inconsolable, engaging in abusive and destructive behaviour, now expelled while involved in a non committal sexual relationship with Lincoln. Seeking solace in one another.

Ava is an incredible character, her despair is palpable as she navigates life after Kelly, a vivacious young woman who was diagnosed with depression and committed suicide. Gideon is a quiet, young poet with anxiety, Ava is barely surviving in the depths of despair after her friend takes her own life.

Gideon is a quiet, young poet with anxiety, baring the pain of self harm.

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With the assistance of his councillor and medication, Gideon performs Slam poetry by sharing his experience with small audiences. Throughout the quiet, solitary moments, Gideon meticulously considers scenarios, moments of reflection while retreating to the sanctuary of his bedroom until bravery ignites. Beautiful Mess is a wonderful reflection of complexities of adolescence. Six months prior, Ava lost her childhood friend Kelly to depression, leaving behind a family in despair. Ava feels unsupported by her peers and teaching facility, offered counselling without compassion and understanding.

Ava's father is a single parent and a wonderful support, compassionate and maternal while Ava momentarily finds comfort in a physical, although considerably toxic relationship with Lincoln. Ava's narrative also examines mental health through her own undiagnosed depression after losing Kelly and enrolling in The Alternative Program, who offer counselling and education for teens unsupported by the traditional education system.

Gideon is an extraordinary young man who upon the advice of his therapist, composes slam poetry as a instrument to express his experiences with illness. Gideon is often socially incapacitated and with the encouragement of his family, engages in acts of bravery to defy his social anxiety. A wonderfully peculiar young man, Gideon is disengaged with the online world and preferring to communicate through the artistry of writing letters in which he and Ava communicate. The concept was charming and allowed both Gideon and Ava to share their experiences while easing Gideon's transition into the tentative friendship.

Kintsukuroi they call it. They take broken pieces of porcelain and they repair the cracks with gold. A wonderful inclusion of diversity. The late Kelly is bisexual and Maori, Ava is of Greek heritage, Gideon's parents are in a female, same sex relationship and the discussion of depression, suicide and anxiety was magnificent and wonderfully represented. I appreciated the reiterating of the importance of prescription medication and counselling. Too often young adult literature promotes the mental well being of adolescents as an illness to be remedied by a love interest and I applauded the discussion of mental illness as a chronic condition that fluctuates upon a wellness spectrum, Gideon a quintessential example.

Exquisite Australian young adult literature. Aug 05, Danielle rated it really liked it.

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Actual rating: 4. It was so, so good. Full review to come on my blog: www. Aug 14, Samantha WLABB rated it really liked it Shelves: mentalhealth , romance , arcs , contemporary , outsideus , , diversereads , ya , debuts. The title did a good job setting me up for a story that was both beautiful and messy. This book was a total emotional rollercoaster, and I have to admit, I really loved the ride.