An unassuming and melancholic story about first love and friendship from a new voice in Australian fiction, Laura McPhee-Browne. The novel follows Melburnians Hetty and Ness as they fulfill a teenage dream and move to Canada together. Hetty is charming and captivating, the life of the party. Ness is a wallflower, hopelessly in love with her. In the student quarter of Toronto, Hetty disappears into barkeeping work and a whirlwind nightlife, while Ness drifts aimlessly. The book deftly captures the experiences that define youth: love, desire, loss, ambiguity. There is a vulnerability and rawness to McPhee-Browne's writing that many will compare to Sally Rooney and that is completely warranted. This is an impressive debut!
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