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The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

As smart, funny, and teen-centric as its title.

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Lisa Shanahan has a large following in Australia as an author of children's books, and this first foray into young adult literature is a great success. The main character, Gemma Stone, is having a defining year in which she finds herself outside of her safety zone, giving up old ways of thinking, and growing up a lot.

The book is touching and laugh-out-loud funny. Shanahan finds a way to mix a ridiculous wedding, a class war/food fight among students, a Shakespearean play, and profiles of three very different families into a believable vehicle in which Gemma is being taken for a ride. As the story is set in Australia, there's some slang or colloquialisms that may be foreign to many readers, but overall the book is universal in its themes.

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