Random House

May 2002

$15.95 AU

240p pb

ISBN: 978-1740518031

Girl_X Recreated: hopes and dreams of young people

Dr. Leanne Rowe

from the book...

Girl_X recreated is the intriguing illustrated diary of an imaginary student. She uses it to capture her strong feelings about commitment, friendship, family relationships, sex, depression, drugs, grief, racism, terrorism, war and the future in uncertain times. And it expresses the creativity, courage, and at times, despair of the young people who created this extraordinary character.

Girl_X recreated was created by DR. Leanne Rowe and designed by Shayne Lacy, with contributions from Kellie Biviano, Zac Brennan, Miranda Costa, Jordana Clark, Hanh Le, Nathaniel Reader, Alyda Van Ingen and over 50 other young people.They are sending a powerful message of hope to young people like themselves - about staying healthy in an unhealthy world.

If you have read this verse novel and would like to share your opinion of it with other readers please send your review or comments to YARR-A


Girl_X recreated is a story of hope – hope for adolescents throughout Australia. Hope for a better future, hope for happiness. What I learnt most from this book is the power of talking with others, not bottling everything up inside – how talking about things can help.

The book is set out as a series of e-mails, poems, illustration and diary entries to and from Girl_X. The book is divided into 12 parts using the signs of the zodiac from Aquarius to Capricorn. Throughout the book boy_3yk a 17 year old from the year 3002 adds questions and comments which really make you think. 

The characters in this book face many of the problems teens deal with today from friendship woes to dealing with grief, from depression to dealing with pressure, from sex to drugs.

I read this is two sittings and found its format was easy to read. See what you think.

Sonya, Adelaide, South Australia 


Girl_X recreated was written by Dr. Leanne Rowe as a teen issue book. It looks into the diary of an 18-year-old girl and her feelings about family, friends, commitment and the future. She writes about her problems and how she solves them.

This book is intended for teenagers and young adults because it addresses the common problems teenagers face in today’s society. The story line in this book is hard to follow at first but it gets easier as you read further into the book. The illustrations in the book show her feelings towards certain issues, some of the pictures relate to the poems she has written or found.

I found this book interesting in some parts but a bit boring in other parts. I would recommend this book to teenagers and young adults.

Jessica, age 15, New South Wales, Australia

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