Brave jour­ney of self- dis­cov­ery

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - Dani Colvin

AN­OTHER gob- smack­ing, deeply in­tel­li­gent book about young peo­ple deal­ing with in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult is­sues, but this one is from an Aus­tralian writer.

All her life, Alex has been told who she is. But at 14, Alex knows they are wrong. She knows she is some­one else. And at last, she is ready to take a stand and be­come who she knows she is meant to be. Her par­ents, how­ever, don’t know how to even be­gin to deal with it. Her dad has walked out and her mum is un­rav­el­ling.

Start­ing at a new school af­ter the de­ba­cle that forced her to leave her pre­vi­ous one, Alex just wants to be free to be her­self, and to know what it feels like to be nor­mal.

But, of course, that means keep­ing a se­cret from oth­ers even as she bravely stays true to her­self. But other peo­ple’s prej­u­dices and opin­ions aren’t all she has to grap­ple with.

Deep in­side her is the other Alex, the Alex she was brought up to be­lieve was the real her, and that Alex has a way of ap­pear­ing at the very worst times, and jeop­ar­dis­ing ev­ery­thing. This brave book tack­les is­sues of iden­tity that go way be­yond the typ­i­cal teen angst and search for a place in the world, and it does so with com­pas­sion, courage and hu­mour.

Per­haps this won­der­ful book will re­mind us all not to be too quick to judge oth­ers un­til we have walked in their shoes.

TAL­ENTED: Au­thor Alyssa Brug­man.

ALEX AS WELL By Alyssa Brug­man ( Text Pub­lish­ing, soft­cover, $ 19.99)

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