This is Kathy Lette's first novel, written with her surfie chick friend Gabrielle Carey, when they were 18.Written 20 years ago, Puberty Blues is the best-selling account of growing up in the 1970s that took Australia by storm and spawned an eponymous cult movie. Puberty Blues is about "top chicks" and "surfie spunks" and the kids who don't quite make the cut: it recreates with fascinating honesty a world where only the gang and the surf count. It's a hilarious and horrifying account of the way many teenagers live, and some of them die.
With forewords by Kylie Minogue and Germaine Greer.
This is a classic account of life on the beach for the teenage set in Australia. Two 13-year-old girls, Deb and Sue, are trying everything they can to be accepted by the cool crowd of surfers, even if that means experimenting with drugs and sex before they're ready. Some of the Aussie slang can be difficult for a non-native, and Rebecca Macauley's portrayal of the teenager's high-pitched voices occasionally grates, but this is ultimately a satisfying, true-to-life account that most former teenagers will relate to.
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