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The Bogan Mondrian‘There are worse things than school’Luke sleepwalks through his days wagging school swimming at the reservoir and eating Mum glances at her watch again I kiss her on the cheek She's wearing red lipstick to match her dress I don't know what to say I hope he's not a gambler I hope he makes her laugh I hope I never meet him I hope Steven Herrick turns his poet's sensibilities to prose in his latest young adult novel The Bogan Mondrian and it's every bit as beautiful as I'd hoped Luke is a glorious underachiever a boy growing up on the public housing side of the highway He laments that school is his most pressing problem and dodges it every chance he can get When the blunt and enigmatic Charlotte Walsh arrives at school and tells him that there are worse things Luke doesn't get it He knows there are worse things; you don't lose a dad to cancer and watch your mum scrabble to make ends meet without knowing there are worse things than school What he doesn't understand is how Charlotte who lives on the good side of the highway and appears to have everything a teenage heart could desire has anything to complain about Herrick writes wonderful broken teenage characters living in wonderful broken towns grappling with wonderful broken things True to form this story carries with it a sense of authenticity and genuineness even while it tackles complex heartbreaking issues Herrick upends expectations by showing the richness of a life that is materially poor but is stabilised by strong roots and conversely the poverty of a life that offers everything except safety It is a powerful discussion of masculinity and truth telling and comes with a gentle trigger warning for some violent content Herrick's minimalist style celebrates language with a lovely streamlined voice that draws a vivid and memorable picture of the story's narrator It unfolds uietly and diffused in soft Blue Mountains light reminds me of all the best Australian films Thank you Steven Herrick for this goodness PS If you're not familiar with Mondrian's work hit up google to appreciate the artistry of this cover design

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Download The Bogan Mondrian Book ê 256 pages ☆ Steven herrick ì ‘There are worse things than school’Luke sleepwalks through his days wagging school swimming at the reservoir and eating takeaway pizzaThat is until Charlotte shows upRumour is she got expelled from her city school and her family moved to Takeaway pizzaThat is until Charlotte shows upRumour is she got expelled from her city school and her family moved to the B Steven Herrick captures teen voices so well Like all my favouitre character driven novels this one is written with much empathy and hope May the Charlottes of the world meet a Luke sometime in their lives People like Luke have an innate ability to see through the superficial and get to the substance

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Lue Mountains for a fresh startBut when Luke’s invited to her house he discovers there’s a lot going on than meets the e A book club pick the person who recommended was unaware that it was YA that's not a problem for me but will make for an interesting discussionI grew up where this book is set and lived in North Katoomba where our male protagonist is based This was both a good and bad thing while reading It was good because it added a level of familiarity and I could see glimpses of little bits of local truths woven throughout and that was fun It was bad because I was constantly thinking wait that's not there or that would take so long to walk to no one in their teens would actually do that So it pulled me out of the novel a little as the author took some liberties with the landscape Perhaps if real road names weren't used I may not have had the same reactionIt was also hard for me to write a review as I already had the scenery and town landmarks in my memories so I'm not sure how well they were described for someone who didn't know those places I can't think of anywhere that is easy to get to from Katoomba to see horse racing either Also North Katoomba is really not this poverty stricken landscape compared to South Katoomba they are about even at this point that grated on me a little as well If Charlotte had lived in Leura it would have made sense but as in any mountains community the closer to the bush the expensive the houses the closer to the towns the cheaper they are and North and South Katoomba have their rich areas I found Charlotte's reactions and behaviours a little hard to believe for the age of the characters that was a bit of a jolt throughout the whole book the over reactions of the characters to things that I didn't uite get I also found the ending not satisfactory in how it was managed Having said that this is YA and younger YA at that so in that context I think it was handled wellDifficult one for me I liked it and thought it was fun and informative for the age it was aimed at however it had the feel of being too informative in some respects I think it's a story and writing style caught between being too old for upper primary but too information driven for young adults