Brave journey of self- discovery
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)