The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge
Allen & Unwin
The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge by Clare Strahan is a smart, funny and relatable contemporary teen novel. It’s the start of the summer holidays for the new Partridge family. Their mum is off in Paris ‘finding herself’ leaving siblings Vanessa (Van) and Ash to go off to the coast with their business-oriented father and their new step-mother, who used to be their nanny. Vanessa packs a suitcase, empty of all except her pyjamas, because she’s decided to reinvent herself. But when rumours come out that her father is engaging in a project that could put the whole coast at risk, that changes everything. Amazingly, with everything going on, Vanessa never forgets to practise her cello.
You will laugh again and again reading this novel. It’s the perfect book for readers over 14 and who love YA stories. I heavily enjoyed this book because of all the interesting and relatable events that happen to Vanessa.
Niamh, age 15
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