#LoveOzYABloggers - High School

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

High School

Whether it was a time where you made your closest friends, became the teacher's favourite and got straight-A's, or floated through the years until you could finally escape and begin adulthood, high school is sure to be a memorable experience for most of us. These examples of Aussie YA present some varied perspectives of the school yard, and how teens have coped with its highs and lows. 

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

It's one of the most prominent and iconic coming-of-age novels on the Aussie YA scene, and for good reason. Looking for Alibrandi is not only a story which covers the ups and downs of high school life in the 'all-important' final year, but an insightful take on relationships and balancing the ideals of your cultural identity with your own values.

The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

Sarah Ayoub's latest release (see also her first novel Hate is Such a Strong Word) is also set in the tumultuous time of year twelve, where five very different teens are forced to work together to create the yearbook. This book captures both the angst which comes with attempting to find your place in the world, and the unlikely friendships we make along the way.

My Best Friend is a Goddess by Tara Eglington

Tara Eglington always impresses with reads that are both light enough to put a smile on your face, and balanced by an exploration of the real experiences that many teenage girls can identify with. In My Best Friend is a Goddess, friendships are put to the test and social media creates the gossip which impacts the girls' self-esteem and status on the social ladder. Overall it's an adorable read with an important message. 

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