Amelia Westlake

Erin Gough

Hardie Grant Egmont

April 2018

$19.99 AU

348p pb

ISBN: 978-1760127152

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Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough is a story about two girls who at first have a passionate hatred for each other but form an expected friendship through their collaboration on a hoax to expose the school's many problems. This is a teen issues, romance novel with a major theme of LGBT+. The book also covers underlying themes such as racism, stereotypes and sexual harassment. Considering this, I think that this book is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Generally, when LGBT+ themes are included in novels they are made a big deal of. In contrast, this book has introduced these themes in the same way as heterosexual people and relationships are ordinarily introduced. I found this very refreshing. I think I would have enjoyed this book even further if I could connect to the characters more. For me the characters were somewhat stereotyped and unrealistic; it is not until the end when I felt they gained depth. The plot is straightforward and easy to follow, and the format of this book is traditional other than the narrator switch between each chapter which can make it a little difficult to follow. 

Chelsea, age 15

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