Winner, 2001 WA Premier’s Prize for Young Adult Writing

Charlie is fifteen. She’s just moved to a new school and nothing is going right. She’s hanging around with a girl she can’t stand, her mother is a grief-stricken, wine-sodden mess, and she has no one to talk to except the pages of her diary. Everything seems hopeless. And then she meets Kate.

Kate is sixteen, she’s a singer, and she’s wonderful. She’s everything Charlie isn’t, and she makes Charlie’s life seem bearable. But when Kate announces she’s leaving, Charlie is desperate. Desperate enough to do anything – anything – to get Kate to stay.

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An accomplished first novel. Libby Corson, Viewpoint

This is the work of a promising writer. Helen Purdie, Magpies

It’s a great page-turner and really keeps you hooked. Cassey, aged 15, YARA