This month Steph reviews
Holly Throsby


Goodwood, Holly Throsby's debut novel, is set in a small town where everyone knows everyone, where butchers are "Pleased to Meat You" and where people resolve to be progressive through the establishment of a Progress Association. Even the town's slogan is perfectly punny; "Goodwood's good for wood". Yet this novel is far from absurd, and wittily written moments tie together perfectly with the charming, lyrical narrative that Holly has woven. Goodwood's not just good for wood, it's a place "Where Val Sparks worshipped a porcelain baby Jesus and listened to old pop songs on a silver radio." Simultaneously I was engrossed by the story of two disappearances in this Stars Hollow-esque Australian town and captivated by Jean's first-person account, and at times I found myself wanting to read the words aloud, turning each perfectly constructed sentence into something as beautiful, flowing and audible as Holly's music. Goodwood employs a familiar setting, immediately drawing you in and comforting you, then turns everything you know and expect on its head with a mysterious discovery, a series of disappearances wand the arrival of newcomers, unusual in a town like this one. I cannot encourage you to read it enough! 




 Our Kids Book of the Month


Lauren Oliver

Mischa says: Lauren Oliver has replicated the Delirium Trilogy-mania! Replica is centred on two female characters who have an inextricable (yet vastly different) link to a place known as ‘Haven’; a mysterious research facility that replicates humans in order to experiment on them. Oliver masters the dual narrative, creating two stories from two different perspectives that can be read alongside one another, seamlessly interlacing together no matter how you choose to begin. Aside from the inventive execution, the story is a scathing, Frankenstein-esque examination of what it means to be human; what happens when people take on the role of ‘creator,’ and the role that genuine friendship plays in the exploration of self-discovery.  Definitely one of my favourite books of 2016!


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