The Resource Beautiful Mess, by Claire Christian

Beautiful Mess, by Claire Christian

Label
Beautiful Mess
Title
Beautiful Mess
Statement of responsibility
by Claire Christian
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Language
eng
Summary
Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven't been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there's the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab. Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other
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Award
Children's Book Council of Australia: Notable Australian Children's Book, 2018.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 Ever since her best friend Kelly died, Ava hasn’t been herself. She’s been making bad choices and feels angry at everyone and everything. When gawky, introspective Gideon starts working with her at the Magic Kebab, they begin a friendship based on honesty, enhanced by letter writing because of Gideon’s self-imposed hiatus from electronic and digital communication. As Gideon opens up about his therapy and poetry slams, Ava feels compelled to reciprocate by sharing her feelings about her life and Kelly’s death. Slowly, they form a bond that seems to be unbreakable, until confronted with one troubling part of the past. Tender and absorbing, this debut novel from Australia tackles challenging topics—including suicide, self-esteem, anger management, cutting, and depression—with an open and loving hand. It deals with myriad emotions and allows the healing process to be organic. The sweetness of the characters rises above the darkness they carry, and their honest desire for acceptance and to sort out their lives will resonate with a wide range of readers. -- Jeanne Fredriksen (Reviewed 6/14/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 19)
  • Ava and Gideon are two wounded young people whose unexpected connection provokes the best and worst in each other in this witty Australian import. Ava is mourning the loss of her best friend, Kelly; Gideon is in the throes of anxiety and depression. As Ava's life unravels following Kelly's suicide, Gideon joins her as a fellow employee at The Magic Kebab. The two strike up a bond commiserating over rude customers, Gideon's poetry, old-fashioned letters they write and mail to one another, and a boss with an unfortunate tattoo. Gideon doesn't know that Ava is very much involved with her deceased friend's brother, Lincoln, and Ava doesn't know how much Gideon is in love with her. Told in alternating voices, this page-turning novel displays a great deal of artful charm. The only low points are the casual amusement Ava displays in response to her Greek immigrant grandmother's racist remarks. This is particularly troubling as Kelly and Lincoln's family is Maori (other main characters are white). It also doesn't help that Lincoln is portrayed negatively, as aggressive and controlling. However, Gideon's tight-knit family with two loving lesbian moms is a bright spot. Would have been truly stellar if not for the missed opportunities for positive representation. (Fiction. 16-adult) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2018)
Awards note
Inky Award longlist, 2018.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10579053
Cataloging source
AU@
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Christian, Claire
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 14+
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Young adult fiction
  • Grief
  • Teenagers
  • Friendship
  • Best friends
  • Quakers
  • Schools
  • Friendship
  • Grief
  • Quakers
  • Schools
  • Teenagers
  • Young adult fiction
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Beautiful Mess, by Claire Christian
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn989063543
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9781925498547
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)989063543
Label
Beautiful Mess, by Claire Christian
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn989063543
Extent
285 pages
Isbn
9781925498547
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)989063543

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