Nobody Real

Steve Camden


HarperCollins

February 2018

$16.99 AU

426p pb

ISBN: 978-0008168384

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Marcie is real. With real problems.

For years she has been hitching a ride on the train of her best friend Cara's life. Now there's only one more summer until they're off to uni together.

Just like they planned.

But Marcie has a secret, and time is running out for her to decide what she really wants.

Years ago, Thor was also Marcie's friend before she cast him out, back to his own world. Time is running out for him too.

If he doesn't make a decision soon, he's going to face the fade.

But Thor is not real. And that's a real problem . . .

Nobody Real by Steven Camden is a story about a girl fresh out of year 12 whose imaginary friend has just appeared back into her life. This book explores modern society and common teen difficulties through the two main characters/narrators.

There were three really good things about this novel. 1) the humour was random and witty and I loved it. 2) some of the messages in this book were so lovely, all taking an interesting viewpoint of the situation. My favourite, about balance between stability and instability, is: “A roller coaster’s only fun because you know you’re getting off at some point . . . Nobody wants a roller coaster forever.” 3) The character development which is very intriguing - bonus points to the author. Overall though I found this book felt a bit disjointed. Between the character switching and not having a solid plot I found this novel somewhat difficult to read. Taking into account the book’s seemingly randomly placed swear words and drug and alcohol references, I would recommend this book to ages 12+.

Chelsea, age 15 


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