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Just-a-girl - Kirsten Krauth

Paperback Published: 1st June 2013
ISBN: 9781742584959
Number Of Pages: 192

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Layla is only 14. As she sits in bed with a laptop, her mother Margot sleeps in the next room. But what separates them is more than just a wall. It’s every mother’s nightmare. Layla cruises online. She catches trains to meet strangers. And Margot never suspects. Not even when Layla brings a man into their home. Margot’s caught in her own web: an evangelical church and a charismatic pastor. Pastor Bevan preaches to the faithful, reeling them in to his tangled conceits with podcasts and twitter. Meanwhile, downtown, a man opens a suitcase and tenderly places his young lover inside. just_a_girl tears into the fabric of contemporary culture. A Puberty Blues for the digital age, a Lolita with a webcam, it’s what happen when young girls are forced to grow up too fast. Or never get the chance to grow up at all...

About the Author

Kirsten Krauth is a freelance writer and editor, who currently edits the NSW Writer’s Centre magazine, Newswrite. She writes reviews, articles and fiction for various magazines and newspapers, including The Australian and Sydney Morning Herald.

Inauthentic and boring


My book club and I really wanted to like this book, but we were very disappointed. The style was self conscious and the voice was smug. It was like someone struggling to convince me that they cared about the characters, rather than actually creating a detailed and evocative world that would show just how much the author understood her characters. The story unravels by the end, so the questions she leaves us with feel like flaws in her understanding of the very world she tries to create, rather than a way to create mystery. Overall, a disappointing and frustrating read. Would not recommend...



The next Puberty Blues


A wonderful read, mums and teenagers will be fighting over who gets to finish this first. Kirsten Krauth has captures the characters intuitively. Can't wait for her next novel!

Sydney, AU



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ISBN: 9781742584959
ISBN-10: 1742584950
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st June 2013
Publisher: UWA Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.2

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