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Description - Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe

The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life. Isn't it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher? No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening...... But the real question is- how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine? With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way. But Sacha's running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own. Girl Saves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It's a story of life, death, love...... and garden gnomes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781921656590
ISBN-10: 192165659X
Format: Paperback / softback
(199mm x 131mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: The Text Publishing Company
Publisher: Text Publishing
Publish Date: 30-Aug-2010
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe - Reviewed by (16 Feb 2012)

Steph Bowe’s debut novel is filled with friendship, sadness, cheekiness, and garden gnomes. Yes, garden gnomes. And also lobster theft.

When I began reading Girl Saves Boy, I didn’t really know what to expect. I hadn’t really heard all that much about it at the time, but I’m glad that I picked it up. With a delightfully original story and cast of quirky characters, what’s not to enjoy?

Sacha Thomas has a problem or three. He has a terminal disease. His mother’s dead. And his father has hooked up with his art teacher. It’s all too much. But a boy wanting to drown himself doesn’t know what he’s in for when a girl called Jewel Valentine fishes him out.

Jewel? She has her own trouble, but from the moment this girl saves that boy, life means something different for the pair of them, something funny and sad and always unexpected, not too far away from falling in love.

While this story does centre around Sacha and Jewel, it also centres around two other teenagers – Michael ‘Little Al’ Mitchell and True Grisham. Little Al is a science prodigy, and True has her heart set on being a journalist and also happens to be the daughter of Jewel’s counsellor, and Jewel’s best friend from grade two. Every character had quirks that I liked, and some that I didn’t. None of the characters were anywhere close to perfect, and I loved that. But sometimes due to the extremeness of their problems (cancer, dead parents), they were difficult to relate to.

Not quite a five star read, but close enough! I love books that are set in Melbourne, and this one was great.

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