Beautiful Mess (Paperback)
Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven't been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there's the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab. Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other. A witty and warm coming-of-age story for ages 14+
Claire Christian is a novelist and playwright who lives in Brisbane. She's a former high school teacher and advocate for diversity. She has had three plays published by Playlab, and her play Bloom was shortlisted for the Griffin Award in 2009. She was one of the YWCA Queensland's 125 leading women of 2013. Christian is a writer who wants to talk about mental health in a way that feels real and connected to the actual experiences of young people.