Before You Forget – Julia Lawrinson

Title: Before You Forget9780143574071
Author: Julia Lawrinson
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 235
Category: 50. Read a book set in your country
Format: Paper

OKay, so I’d already read a lot of the well known books that are set in Australia. Or didn’t have much interest in them. But, Australia has always had quite a good young adult market so I thought I’d find something there. Lo and behold I found this little book by one of my favourite authors as a teenager. Now, for any Aussies out there you might habe been expecting a John Marsden or Melina Marchetta book to make this list but I loved both of those authors and have read pretty much everything they’ve written. Don’t worry though, I’m going to reread Tomorrow When the War Began since it’s a favourite of mine.

The first Julia Lawrinson book I read was quite by accident. I found it in my school library and the blurb sounded just like my life so off I went. For the record, that book was Obsession about a teenage girl with an alcoholic mother (I had an alcoholic father) who starts at a new school and develops a crush on a girl a little older than her.

What I’ve always loved about her books and continued to love in this one, is that these books really do reflect what it’s like to be a teenager growing up in Australia (and probably to some extent in other countries).

Before You Forget is the story of a girl starting her last year of high school but her dad is acting really weird and her best friend is acting really weird so she ends up with no one to talk to. Her dad is suffering from early onset alzheimers and her friend is suffering from an eating disorder. There’s lots of awkward little encounters with her family and friends that bring me right back to what it’s like to be seventeen and so excited to finish high school but also terrified of what comes next but also to feel like no one quite understands you. This is a book I wished I could have read when I was in high school.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

Title: The Edge of Seventeenedge_of_seventeen
Year: 2017
Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Genre: Comedy/Coming of Age
Date Watched: January 21, 2017
Category: A teen movie

From the moment I saw the trailer for this movie I knew I had to see it. It might as well have been about my own experience as a teenager. For anyone who’s ever felt like the dorky outsider, or wondered why they can’t just be like everyone else and have a normal conversation, this is the movie you’ve been waiting for. So much of the movie was completely awkward and cringeworthy but I loved every moment of it anyway.

I don’t want to say too much about the movie except that in some ways it was certainly predictable and it was exactly what I expected from laughter to tears evoking a sense of nostalgia for my own awkward high school years.

Perhaps the most enviable part of the entire movie is that I did not get to spend my teenage years with such an expansive wardrobe of sneakers and hoodies.

Okay, joking aside, this movie is a beautiful exploration of siblings and how the grass always seems greener on the other side, friendship and ultimately finding one’s people.

Rating: 3.5/5