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Please Don't Hug Me - Kay Kerr

Please Don't Hug Me

By: Kay Kerr

Paperback | 28 April 2020

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Erin is looking forward to schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But her plans are going awry. She's lost her job at Surf Shack after an incident that clearly was not her fault, and now she's not on track to have saved enough money. Her licence test went badly, which was also not her fault- she followed the instructor's directions perfectly. And she's missing her brother, Rudy, who left almost a year ago. But now that she's writing letters to him, some things are beginning to make sense.

Kay Kerr's Please Don't Hug Me depicts life on the cusp of adulthood - and on the autism spectrum - and the complexities of finding out and accepting who you are and what's important to you.

About the Author

Kay Kerr is a former journalist and community newspaper editor from Brisbane, now living on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and daughter and working as a freelance writer. Kay was writing the first draft of Please Don't Hug Me, her first book, when she received her own autism-spectrum diagnosis
Industry Reviews
'This own-voices Australian debut about a young woman who is shaped-but not defined-by her autism, balances its funny and serious sides perfectly, and is a heartwarming read about self-acceptance and authenticity.' * Leanne Hall *
'This book is beautifully intimate, and so authentic. You're going to love getting to know its central character, Erin. I'm so thrilled this book exists.' * Claire Christian *
'A moving and insightful story about finding your place in the world.' * Nina Kenwood *
'Kay Kerr is a skilful writer who deftly balances the serious and the light in this coming-of-age narrative...This is another exciting release in Australian young adult fiction that I can't wait to recommend to a host of sharp and curious minds.' * Books+Publishing *
'Essential reading.' * CBCA Victoria *
'Funny and serious.' * West Weekend *

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